Sometimes, the best design fails, or it might appear that way.
At Darnell Creek Falls on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest in northeast Georgia, there's a visual lesson. The water pressure here is so intense that downed trees flow until snagged by boulders.
After making my way along a short trail and across boulders, I crawled to the top of the last boulder in front of the falls and positioned myself to snap images.
A partially-submerged tree at the base of the 12-foot falls caught my attention. Something familiar about this, I thought. Plumbing 101 tells one that when pipes break, water escapes under pressure.
When I saw the falls and a portion of the log, my thoughts flooded. Have I protected my pipes from freezing? Have I looked under my sink lately?
With only a little imagination, this waterfalls was about to become the sum of my fears.
Oh well, I thought, snapping back to reality. No problem. This is nature's way. There's no need here for a plumber or concern about a water bill.