Saturday, June 01, 2013

After the Rain

By 7:45 this morning, the rain ended in the woods I was birding,leaving behind sodden grass and forbs and a very muddy trail. I thought of early June 2012 today, the time of the summer when the drought began to settle in for the long haul. Today, with all the multiple inches of rain the Ozarks have received in the past two weeks, vegetation was thicker, taller, and more robust than I've seen in years. Glades are awash in coneflower blooms this week, and the field sparrows and prairie warblers are building their nests.

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