I feel bad for all those suffering from the devastation of floods in the Midwest. I wish we could have several inches of their rain, but instead we seem to be suffering from the opposite problem--drought and extreme heat. Since mid-May we have had no measurable rain and average highs in the upper 90's.
That whole word, "Average" befuddles me. I know what the definition of average is, but it makes no sense when it comes to weather. Who decided what the average is? Last summer we had below 'average' temps and above 'average' rainfall. It seems to me, that if the temperatures and rainfall levels fluctuate so widely every year, that the average would change too. No matter really. I think it just gives the weather folks something to do. How much fun can it be to, day after day, report "Highs in the upper 90's, Lows in the upper 70's. Not a drop of rain in sight."
Our local wildlife is suffering from the lack of water; doing things they wouldn't normally do. Below are two creatures that do not live in water, but hang out in wet places. We found both in our swimming pool and were able to save them before they succumbed to chlorine poisoning or just plain drowning. Neither one would be able to get out without our assistance. Our "cement pond" doesn't have a gentle slope to climb out on.
Common Tree frog. He's a new one. I've never seen one before.
Our ginormous friend, Mr. Toad. That is my hand that you see him in (just for size comparison). He is one of the reasons I don't put down bug killer in my beds. Such a handsome man needs something to eat! He had been trying to get out of the pool for some time, his poor little front toes looked awful. :(
A tiny shot of a very large flower bed that is going to be dug up today. The bed is actually an annual flower bed, but I never have to replant it because it reseeds itself. This year the lack of rain has caused it to do very poorly. My adding water to it only seems to help the weeds and gives only temporary relief to the flowers.
This is a shot of a very strange flower. Last year a couple of my Zinnas came up and never put on petals---just the center part you see here in pink and yellow. I was so intrigued by them that I gathered seeds to see if they'd reproduce in a similar manner this year---they did. Can anyone tell me if there's such a thing as a Zinna with no petals? It doesn't seem to mind the lack of rain like its sisters that have petals.