OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date. It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while. Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot for one thing, very hot, like 37º-45ºC hot. And dry, dry, dry-less than half of our average rainfall, with humidity in the single digits. There have also been devastating fires, involving thousands of acres of pastureland, hundreds of homes, and a few deaths. Like I said, miserable.
But the last two summers have been like the summers of yore, with temperatures in the 32º to 36ºC range. We’ve already exceeded our annual rainfall expectations, the lake is over 8 meters higher than it was at the end of summer two years ago and halfway to being completely full. The wind, amazingly, has not been trying to blow us off of the planet. As Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess sings, “Summertime, and the living is easy.” Who can blame me for not wanting to sit inside and type.
There are a few drawbacks, I must admit. The mosquitoes are huge, and vicious, and plentiful. I’ve had to mow more times this year already than I did all of 2013, and there are lots more people at the lake than I care to be around, but all in all, it’s been lovely so far this year.
I have been birding as often as I can-work has been very busy, and we are, as usual, shorthanded, but I still manage to get around to Lake Meredith, or Palo Duro Canyon, or Palo Duro Reservoir, or just drive around the back roads searching the wheat fields and cornfields and pastures and playas for birds several times a week. Anyway, here I am at the computer and I’ve had a couple of very nice beers (Oscar Blues’ Pinner IPA) for inspiration, so here’s a few photos from June and early July.