Yesterday was officially the last day of our season. It was already basically over since Hurricane Matthew raised Falls Lake and then subsequently the Neuse River. Thanks for a great season and we look forward to another one next year. Here’s one more shot of the fishing pier at Falls Dam with the high water from
This a view looking down from the Old Falls of Neuse rd bridge over the Neuse River. This small island has been completely overtaken by the river flow after Falls Dam was opened.
This tree is wrapped top to bottom in a vine with some of the brightest red and orange leaves I’ve ever seen. With the Neuse River flowing in the background, it is one of the most picturesque Fall spots around. A quick walk down the Neuse River Greenway Trail will get you there.
The new fishing pier at the Falls Dam is generally accessible by just walking onto it. Hurricane Matthew dumped so much water into Falls Lake that the pier is now only accessible by swimming to it (Which, based on the, “No Swimming” sign, is not allowed).
This is what the opening of the dam looks like on the flow graph. From 100cfs to 4000cfs just like that. It’ll be several weeks before the water is low enough in Falls Lake to close the dam back down.
This stand of trees on the Neuse River in Raleigh was high and dry a few days ago. Now the ground they are on is about 8 feet under the water. A slow shutter speed makes the surface of the river look like glass, or ice, or something other than a raging river.
This lifesaving ring is generally hung on a post that is several feet from the water’s edge. With all the rain from Hurricane Matthew, the water’s edge has moved considerably. It will take several weeks for all that water to move through Falls Dam and down the Neuse River.
That pretty much sums it up. This almost full moon was rising over the Neuse River in Raleigh. I was too slow to get the picture I wanted of the moon and the river together, but got this instead.
Despite the warm weather, Fall is starting to show up around Falls Lake and the Neuse River. These leaves are along the bank of Falls Lake, near Falls Dam in Raleigh.
As a result of Hurricane Matthew, Falls Lake is is about 7 1/2 feet higher than it should be. The water is so high that you can’t actually get onto the new fishing pier by Falls Dam without swimming to it. While I didn’t go swimming to get on the pier, I did capture this sweet