Alberta Flooding – Golf Carts and Corn Stalks

Our eyes are side by side – we just naturally look at life in a horizontal perspective!

In the aftermath of the Flood at Hidden Valley, Alberta, a few things that were once vertically aligned are now in a horizontal position. This golf cart near the 4th green has become a little greenhouse for what looks like a sunflower plant!

I turned the camera and took a vertical shot of the 4th fairway. It is now a lush forest of new poplar saplings and – a few more sunflower plants.

I continued walking along the 4th, past the Half Way house, then to the 6th green and bunkers. In addition to much more beach area, I found a corn plant.

This vertical photo shows the lush green growth of the grass – and a few more of the many corn plants in that area!

The Car Guy and I think that bird feed must have been scattered by the flood waters. The wet, nutrient rich silt encouraged the seeds to germinate and grow very quickly.  If these plants manage to set seed, then Hidden Valley could become a non-typical source of food for the birds for many years to come.

There are many other plants blooming in the Valley right now – I’ll post some photos in a few days.

All of our homes may have been destroyed, but the plant life is thriving. In a few years, it will be hard to tell that our Community was ever there.

16 thoughts on “Alberta Flooding – Golf Carts and Corn Stalks

  1. Hi Margie. This interesting perspective on Hidden Valley reminds me of a documentary on National Geographic a couple of years ago called “Life after Humans.” It presented a scenario of how the earth would look if we suddenly disappeared. It was categorized by 10 years out, 50 years out, 100 years out, etc. Fascinating. I think you are right, it will truly be a “hidden valley” in several years.


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  3. Hi Margie, It’s encouraging to see things are in a horizontal position and the plant life is thriving.


    1. It is quite remarkable to think that twelve or more feet of water completely demolished the homes, yet the plants just keep growing like nothing at all happened!


  4. I saw that documentary too! Amazing how quickly nature takes over to restore its own forms of order.


    1. Yes, it is amazing, but the change is even quicker when river silt has been deposited on everything.


  5. Mother Nature is amazing. I have been fighting with her for 7 summers to try and establish a little flower garden near the cabin. She keeps winning with what she wants to see grow in that space. I’m about ready to yield to her out of respect!


    1. I know what you mean. I have a few locations that I have just abandoned and let the wild blue flax take over. It does very well in places that other plants refuse to consider.


  6. It makes me think how much our lives are like Hidden Valley. Flourish, well-tended, then gone, and eventually forgotten.


  7. Marg, I just finished a blog post from Calgarian that is more directly on my experience here in a city trying to recover from a flood. It won’t be published for a few wks.

    After I finished, I realized that I had to write directly about the blog post. It is coinciding with return (1,000 employees) next week to our work building where its electrical, mechanical and phone systems have been replaced because of water flood damage.

    Have been working on home for last 2 months…which is abit mixed in experience when employees haven’t properly prepared their jobs to work from home.

    What I did not realize that a flood of this magnitude dredges up memories and feelings of major personal loss. (I lost a sister, my father is dying.) Even though I didn’t have much damaged stuff, the sensation of living in an area where there is flood recovery and of course, my employer is deeply involved in this.


    1. Your workplace was out of commission for a long time, Jean! I expect that was quite a challenge for everyone.

      I understand what you mean about feelings and memories, especially if you are in the midst of the transitions you are experiencing, Jean.

      There are days when I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness and it can be triggered by the most innocent activity – a trip to Canadian Tire reminds me of all that we lost, personally and as a community, and I have to just walk out of the store.


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