I talk about this area of my yard as several things: the world’s largest compost heap, part of the wildlife garden, the wooded lot–you get the idea. It’s about a quarter of our roughly one acre property and it is wooded on all four sides. We have a little path into it that we use to dispose of our lawn trimming when we don’t mulch, our yard debris and our brush, which we use to create a snag pile for the wildlife. Since it is wooded on 4 sides, it’s pretty much hidden from the neighbors most of the year and no one objects.
Late last week when I had cut down the tomato plants in advance of the very cold nights that were to come, I was dragging the remains of those plants into that lot and I came upon this newly carved ravine. I’m not sure if it was made by the 7+” of rain that fell with Irene of the 4+” of rain that fell from the remnants of Lee since they fell so closely together and I don’t think I had occasion to go into the lot between storms. If I had to guess, I might say it was Lee, though, since our part of the state got more rain in a faster period of time from that storm.
I have no idea why the ground gave way there. I would have thought with all the trees and shrubs surrounding it there would have been enough roots to keep it in place. But it’s an interesting little phenomena that’s never happened for so long as my husband’s owned the property (21 years).
We’re just fortunate that it happened there and not in our basement!