The first half of the month of June has brought record heat and record rain. And record dryness as the drought continues to plague California.
For Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge: The changing seasons, I am adding these photos.
You can see that despite the vivid, green leaves on trees and plants, the grass is getting drier by the day. I took this photo on Wednesday just before it rained. It rarely rains in June so a drip would likely break a record.
We can only water two days a week with some severe restrictions as to times. Most people are choosing not to water their lawns, and the media recommends watering the trees to keep them alive. Grass is easier to replace! The shade from trees can help reduce energy use. My trees are older and well-established so they do not need much water. There still may be a little bit of a water table for long roots to be able to tap into.
While photographing last week, my dogs photobombed the shot. You can see just how dry the grass is compared to Gideon’s white coat.
As I am writing this post, the media is reporting that farmers are being told they may not be able to pump water even with their constitutional water rights. The US federal government is ready to spend over $168 million for drought relief aid in seven states, for jobs lost because of the drought and to boost fire-fighting efforts when fire season begins. Everything is already so dry that grass fires are beginning to spring up in many areas.
Gotta love this photo of the temperature chart taken Friday.
Here is a gallery of photos taken from the last five challenges to give you an idea of the changing seasons.
If you see an inordinate amount of water-themed photos on my blog over the summer, you now know that I am doing my best to conserve water–by taking photos of it before it disappears for good. Stay tuned for what my yard will look like over the next couple of months.
Check out the changing seasons on Cardinal Guzman’s blog.