Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rain, rain, don't go away ...

"Rain, rain, go away, come again another day!"

These were words we sang as children on those days we wanted to be outside playing with our friends. Lately, we've had so little rain though that we're sing just the opposite. It's been an equally frustrating year for local area farmers who depend on their crops for a living, and for those of us who enjoy tending flowering landscapes and vegetable gardens. Earlier this year we had given my parents a dogwood in honor of a family pet's death, yet the dry weather has nearly killed the tree. Our trees throughout the area are prematurely turning colors.

As I look out my kitchen window this morning there is a tapestry of green, yellow, and red painted leaves across the oaks, maples and pecan trees in the backyard. In addition, the ground is sprinkled with dried brown leave that have fallen before their time. This drought is taking it's toll, giving us a less than brilliant color scheme with the arrival of Fall.

How has the dry weather effected your area?

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