At 3:00 p.m. today, the thermometer hit 107* and then dropped to 106.5* for most of the afternoon. No clouds to shade us, just hot, hot sun. Faces feel parched in just a jiffy when we go outside.
So there's no use pretending, not everything is pretty anymore; I have posted pictures of my flowers on Wednesdays when they were in beautiful bloom. Today I'm giving you the other half of the story in pictures: the ugly side of summer. Most flowers have no blooms now, just brown and yellow foliage. I'm wondering if some of them will die.
The pastures are grazed low and are turning brown except in the "draw" where there is still a little moisture for the smart weeds to grow. The cattle don't eat them.
The water in the stock pond is getting very low and has turned a velvety green color, really not good enough for the cattle to drink from. Usually they will come for a wade to cool off, much like the little neighbor children in their pool, but this afternoon I didn't see a cow anywhere; they were all in the shade of the trees.
Now I realize some areas are in a much worse drought than we are, and my heart goes out to those who rely on the rains to water their crops. We've probably already put up enough hay, with what we had left over, to feed the cattle next winter; however, if the weather continues to be so hot and dry, we will have to start feeding hay before fall.
But we have hope: "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them..." Is.41:17