Earthflows are common in northern California’s coast range. These are generally very large, deep-seated landslides that slowly creep along, tugged by gravity. As rains saturate the soils, larges blocks can give way, sometimes to dramatic result. Another process common in these highly erodible soils is watercourse formation. In this picture, a creek jumped its channel after a small portion of this large slide complex activated. The creek used to flow directly to the left of the picture, behind the small Douglas-fir tree. I couldn’t help but notice as I was driving on a road below this a new creek draining across, which had deposited a few dump truck loads worth of sediment and gravels on tot he road. I hiked up to find a portion of the earthflow had dropped, blocking the creeks original path.

Sunny Morning


Sunny morning:
a snake slides through the fence
looking for a prey

Full of silt
the Ganga overflows:
snakes under the waves

Raises its hood
a cobra in water:
algae criss-cross

Searching reason
in the labyrinthine pattern:
snakes in courtyard

Avoids searching
mushroom in the crowded green-
snake on the fence

Searches thorn apples
to propitiate lingam:
snake in sanctum

A snake’s tail
coils round a sweet
in the box

Smells a snake
in the wet grass-
her smile

Rises with tickles
between the thighs
the dream-serpent

A yellow snake
slithers on the grass-
dewy trail of love

Climbing high through
rough pathway and stony cold
a green snake

A snake’s dead skin
near the fence:
she stands unmoving

R.K. Singh