The aspect of the convergence theme that we’d like to dwell on is the journey of earth’s water, falling from the moisture laden atmosphere, onto the connecting creeks, streams, and rivers coursing over the planet’s land masses, and converging once again into the primal source of all water: the vast and boundless oceans. There, with an assist of energy from the sun, the mists of water vapor will rise again into the atmosphere to renew the ceaseless cycle.
We were reminded of this as the local community watched the rising pool of water within the dammed estuary of the Gualala River, prevented from flowing directly into the ocean by the annual sand bar that builds up during low flows in the dry spring and summer months, from silt and sands deposited out of the slow moving river. Then, after the rains return in late fall, the pool level rises again, until, with a thunderous roar, it bursts through the sand bar and reenters the source of its being.
The breakthrough occurred last Sunday during a rain storm. We took these photographs yesterday and you can notice the strong currents still sweeping through the gap in the sandbar. Occasionally, huge trees will be swept down the river and through the gap. Large schools of steelhead trout have been waiting offshore for the breakthrough, and will now migrate up the Gualala River to their ancient spawning grounds. The endless cycles of life continue.