The drought of 2011 may well go down as the worst, if not the second worst, in the weather history of Texas. A record 3.5 million acres have been consumed in wildfires.That's about the size of Connecticut plus the U. S. Virgin Islands. On this Labor Day it isn't easy laboring under these conditions.
I've taken some pictures of how things are looking in our area. Not good.
Remember Dave and Dave Too the turtles we rescued? Here's the creek where we put them as it looked last fall.
This is what it looked like when we put them in the creek, just two months ago.
This is what it looks like today. Looking south.
The hardy yucca are turning yellow...
The stoic prickly pears are shriveling up.
There are stands of bamboo around the public library, they are all turning yellow and probably in their death throws.
Warning! the following picture may be disturbing to some.
A fawn left where it was born. Not much bigger than my shoe, a whopping size nine.
It's all a bit disturbing, this heat and the dry. Everyone is tired of it, on edge, wondering about the future. Private wells are going dry. The city is on stage 4 water restrictions which means the only watering that can be done is with a hand held hose and only once a week. And yet our "city fathers" are wanting money to build a new exit off the interstate so they can open up a tract of land for a proposed 60 new homes. And another developer wants to build somewhere between 130 to 150 homes not so far from where we live.
Either we don't have enough water for the people who are already here and our government officials are stupid idiots for wanting to add more, or, we do have enough water and they are lying to us. I strongly suspect the first.
For those in the northeast and south, I truly sympathize. All that flooding, all that damage. It's the same here, only in reverse.
Have you ever been through a serious drought?