Thursday, August 9, 2018
EFFECTS OF A HOT DRY SUMMER
I hadn't been out to farm country since the end of June. Even though the skies portended a coming storm, I headed out anyway.
I was surprised how verdant everything looked.
The contrast between the green crops and the sandy-colored stands of grain was striking.
I came across one of my favorite farm country scenes, fields of hay bales. Skies were becoming more threatening as I drove.
Then I came into an area where there were lots of ponds. I was shocked at how dry they were and the lack of waterfowl in them. Only a few geese were inhabiting this one, which was full of swimming critters last summer.
As I rounded the corner and pulled over to one of the largest ponds, I saw it too had low water levels and was choked with algae. Last summer I had photographed a beautiful Great Blue Heron doing a balancing act across a fallen branch.
I ended my drive at Hency Marsh, which is typically lush with vegetation and water pathways. What I found was more dryness and only a couple narrow streams of water on the edges. It was stunning to see the effects the hot, dry summer was having on area waterfowl habitats. I couldn't wait for the approaching storm to strike, and, hopefully, begin to replenish some of these natural environments.