Monday, July 23, 2012

July Fall

In the dry sandstone woodlands down in wine country, this summer's drought has brought on an early leaf drop. Hiking through the woods this weekend was reminiscent of late October, but without all the blooming asters and legumes, without the brilliant yellow hickory leaves littering the path. No, just brown leaves and a spare understory crunching with every step on a late July afternoon. Even the Christmas fern has dried up on what is traditionally a moist north facing slope...



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Ozarks currently remind me of East Texas, this time last year. The fires there started breaking out around Labor Day. We all need moisture.

Allison Vaughn said...

We've had so many fires already this year, it's scary. mostly restricted to roadsides, started by rogue cigarette butts and a dragging muffler is responsible for almost 20 fires along Hwy 67 this weekend. Just home from Louisiana where the grass is thick and lush, I wonder if some of those North Louisiana farmers will spare some of their hay for our sad Ozark farmers who sent their hay to them last year?