Recent rains have finally come to begin restoring our drought-ravaged land. In our area the rains have been very welcome but too late to revive most un-irrigated crops.
We are still viewing incredible sunrises and sunsets through the smoky haze of forest fires that are burning north of us. Egrets still congregate at wetlands shrunken by drought, making the remaining aquatic life easy pickings for the feeding birds.
Our bluestem grass prairie, which we burned off this spring has grown back beautifully despite the drought, its deep roots finding enough water to thrive. It is now four to five feet tall, fully headed out, and displaying its brilliant fall-like color. This native prairie grass has probably survived many fires and droughts over the centuries.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..