Lafayette’s Urban Streams are More Like Urban Rivers After Rain

Lafayette, California is usually not the place you think of when picturing charming urban rivers. But after the recent storms in the Golden State, the small trickles everyone has grown familiar with have dramatically transformed into powerful torrents of water.

We walk past them every day without giving them a second thought. The small rivulets of water winding their way through our urban jungles, courageously defying the concrete forests that surround them.

To us, urban streams in Lafayette were always known for their subtle beauty – a trickle rather than a dramatic flow. However, thanks to recent torrential downpours and an assortment of storms, residents are experiencing a spectacular transformation that has turned Lafayette’s beloved urban streams into awe-inspiring rivers.

In the heart of Lafayette, near the Bart station, the urban stream flows with new force and speed. This once feeble flow is now a legit stream!

Allow the beauty of our transformed urban rivers to remind us of the importance of caring for our environment and respecting the power of Mother Nature.

Whether they are gently meandering through our daily lives, or swelling their banks to assert their presence, let these urban rivers act as both a testament to the everchanging world in which we live and a reminder of the constant beauty that surrounds us.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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