Summer on the mountain has been pleasant with some clouds and fog taking the edge off the drought. The big question is whether we will get some rain in the fall.
The ocean temperature is warm, but the atmosphere has to respond in order to call it “El Nino.” No one really knows what is going to happen. I decided to hope for the best and so we re-roofed our old house.
We’ve completed a cycle of fuel reduction around the Trout Club. It’s a time to enjoy the warm days and cool nights. New neighbors have moved in and pot lucks are adding to the summer fun.
Orioles hatched under our bedroom awning and the parents frantically fed them for a week or two, then the noisy little birds flew off and silence again reigned in our bedroom. I watched a young colt, just born, stand up and follow his mother.
The survival instinct is strong, and there is no time for laggards. Tragedy results. Recently a fox or raccoon attacked a neighbors chickens and killed them all. The coop door was left open a little too long one evening and the opportunist was there for the kill.
We can learn a lot from watching how wild nature operates. We imagine ourselves immune because of our superior technology, but all we have to do is let our guard down for a moment and everything can change.
We who have chosen to live in this mountain environment closer to the elements need extra vigilance. It’s time to look at our evacuation plans, our fire vulnerabilities and our insurance policies. The fog can change to down canyon winds and heat at any time.
With a little luck we might have September rains. I can remember some years when the rainy season started early and periodic rains through the fall and winter brought out the wildflowers in abundance. That’s when we plan a trip to see the desert in bloom.
I am praying for a year like that this year, so I am going to buy some wildflower seed, mix it with mulch and spread it over my drought parched garden area. Who knows, we may have a big rain year, the kind where we hear the canyons roaring with water, and the waterfalls spilling over.
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