May 2006 Rains

It ain't never this high
While at home Monday, captive to the weather, I decided to use my digital still camera to document this dramatic weather event locally. The camera also takes ten second digital movies. Monday was day eight of the nine day weather siege. This was my first venture into using Apple's iMovie HD. It was fun to use the fade effects and the editing features of the software. I still need to figure out how to do all the cool things it has to offer. The movie is on the May Rains Movie Page. The streaming feature and size limitation degraded the quality a bit, but you will still have a readable movie. It is just over a minute long so you should be able to tolerate it. The main character is the brook that runs next to our house and through our neighbor's property. Neighbors Julie and Neil own the pond and brook. How cool is that! Most of the time the brook is a bit over a trickle. Other times it is actually dry. The movie shows the other side of it's personality. If you do not have Apple's QuickTime Player loaded on your computer you'll have to install it. You can go here to get the program free from Apple. It seems like it plays better using the latest version.

There was so much rain that the railroad tracks at the end of the street were flooded. They needed to be re-bedded immediately. Tuesday when I drove by there must have been six or seven on track construction machines frantically replacing ties. The refuse pile of old ties shows considerable damage and decay.

The one hundredth anniversary of the Essex County Ornithological Club (ECOC) annual canoe trip scheduled for Saturday.
it is in jeopardy of not taking place. The Ipswich River is still well over flood stage. For the safety of all, it will most likely not happen. It's ironic that this weather event coincides with such a momentous time in the club's history. You can read more about it here. Thanks for documenting it Jim.

One of the early annual ECOC canoe trips.