The Water Wheel


5 X 7 card with envelope. Blank inside.

Item No. WAT925

Story on the back of the card:

As clouds travel from the Pacific through the Puget Trough, they bump into mountains and drop significant precipitation in the Cascades and foothills. The amounts vary according to location—as much as 80 to 100 inches a year in some parts. Precipitation can arrive as rain, or snow, depending on season, decade, century, as weather (the short story) and climate (the long history) are always changing.

In Pacific Northwest forests, water falls on the tree canopy, trickles to the understory, seeps into the ground, fills rivers. Rivers will deliver rainwater to the ocean; trees will release water to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration; surfaces of seeps and ponds will dry. Evaporated moisture will form clouds, and the wheel of water rolls on.

A drenched sky in Washougal, Washington, and pale sunbreaks painted rainbows and halos of rainbows, and I had to photograph them above our colossal, ocean-going water bearer—the Columbia River.