Only eight days at 100 degrees, Flowers of Flying Hat (39-42)

This summer our region — Ft. Worth to Abilene — has had only eight or so days at 100 degrees.  Last summer by this time twenty-seven days had been at 100 degrees, ending at about seventy days at 100 in the summer of 2011.

Grasses are greener, no wildfires have erupted.  My pond has shore-line reeds and fish jumping, blue herons abound and several new sprouts of willow emerge along the banks.

Of course, there are mosquitoes, crickets and grasshoppers.  The West Nile virus has killed two people in Dallas, about three counties away.

I draw no conclusions about why the weather is cooler this summer, it just is.  I understand changing weather patterns, but why the patterns are altered this summer, I draw no conclusions; they just are that way.

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No new flowers have sprung for about a month, but the grass continues to thrive with rain.  Here are the final photographs of flowers that I have found on the ranchito this year.  I continue to scan for new flowers on the trail.  I have missed some, I know, but the attempt to photograph all the species continues until spring 2013.  I estimate I have missed many species, but nearly all I have seen I have photographed.  (I do remember one or two that I saw and failed to photograph because I did not have any camera with me.)

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8 responses to “Only eight days at 100 degrees, Flowers of Flying Hat (39-42)

  1. Rubia

    Jack,
    Your cooler temperatures are cause to celebrate! The conditions are much more friendly than last year when green things were withering under heat and flame. Your mornings on the ranchito must be cool and peaceful with the sound of birds!

  2. My favorite flower’s the one that’s kind of pink-and-sage colored, with that handsome white fringe. It looks just a little tough and prickly, but I’ll bet it’s perfectly adapted for surviving in its environment!

    Neat photos – and I’ll bet as fall comes on, you’ll start discovering different flowers. I know they’re out there. This year, I’m going to work a little on identifying them, myself.

  3. It’s been way hotter than usual up here. Setting records frequently. Glad you are not in a severe drought this year. It seems to be our turn.

    Nature runs in cycles no doubt, both long term and short term, but there is little doubt in my mind that this climate change concept is for real and very harmful to our delicate ecosystems.

    • Yes, Bill, it seems climate change of a radical shift is occurring. We are not as bad as last year. Three days ago I saw at least 2,000 cowbirds (white, long-legged) in a pasture, feeding on grasshoppers. My Harris hawk remains on the place. I hear him/her every morning.

  4. Kittie Howard

    After enduring so much, you truly have cause to celebrate. Hope the cooler temps continue. It’s broiling in Virginia. We’ve just returned from three weeks in Italy (drought) and two weeks in Austria (unseasonably warm temps). It’s a rare day when one spots a patch of snow on the Alps, unlike yesteryears when the horizon shimmered white.

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