We went to the arboretum today to see what the drought hath wrought. It rained last night, so the stream and ponds were muddy and not as dry as they must have been yesterday. But we saw nary a lizard or a snake, one frog, one toad. No grasshoppers, no turtles, no yellow composites that the bees and the birds feed on. No dragonflies, even, no praying mantis. The jewelweed that was alive with hummingbirds last year is simply not there- dried up before it had a chance to bloom. Not many flowers at all, except the very deep-rooted ones in the prairies, which seem to have a water table under them, they were still pretty green. But the woods and the glades were not good at all, dry and brown, dying trees everywhere. Mary Isabelle even lacked for cover. There’s still lots of good stuff to see, but I couldn’t help but feel sad for all the tree and plant death, and think of the creatures they support. Anyway, here are some pictures, good and bad, for what it’s worth. When I have time I will pull up photos from last year this time for comparison.
Never seen this hazard sign before.
Here is the draw from last year, on August 6, 2011:
The tree up on the prairie is thinning. I didn’t go up there to see, hope it will be ok next year.