The playa lakes in the Texas Panhandle are are still gaining water. Here at my house we’ve had nearly 6 total inches of rain in the last 3 weeks. That’s over a quarter of our yearly average. Lake Meredith is up another foot in the same time period and up 20 feet from the lowest level 20 months ago. A month ago most of the playas were dry. I went to one near Panhandle, Texas a few days ago and took a few photographs of these Wilson’s Phalaropes (rhymes with antelopes, according to Webster), a wader that summers in Canada, winters in the Andes, and passes through here twice a year. The more strikingly colored one is a male in breeding plumage the others are either females or juveniles.