Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Temporarily parched.

It has stopped raining here. I spend a lot of time complaining about how dismal this climate is. Sometimes it even looks like this. Usually the weather is less dramatic, but still oppressively, soul-destroyingly wet. But not this summer! While last summer we could rarely count on two nice days in a row (and that sort of pattern continued on into this past June), this summer is turning into a lawn-burner, with less than half the thickness of a dime in recorded precipitation, which is so close to nothing that we might as well call it nothing.

I think all our rain has been sent to Toronto, which has hit an all-time record for summer rain, at > 272 mm (and climbing). Congratulations, sodden former home town.

A few days ago I went into the nearby bog to check on the round-leaved sundew, and maybe take some pictures. There's an easy-to-get-to patch that has been there as long as I can remember. I was slightly dismayed at how few plants have appeared this year, and at how tiny they are. Two plants had sent up their meagre flower stalks, but certainly the patch was nowhere near as vigorous as it has been in recent years. Not enough water? I didn't even bother taking a shot. Instead, here is a picture from last year, a plant covered in raindrops, as was everything back then, when it used to rain.

Round-leaved sundew, Drosera rotundifolia, Richmond BC.

The picture at the top is not our lawn - yet. It shows cardon cactus, Pachycereus pringlei, near Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico, where it is probably raining.

1 comment:

swamp4me said...

You must have sent your rain our way. We finally got a couple of inches here.