Wow - we actually received measurable rain yesterday - officially 0.90 inches (UPDATE: official total ended up at 1.26 inches) - which brings our August total to: (drumroll)....... 0.97 (UPDATE: 1.33 inches)... not much of a dent in our drought (UPDATE: at least we did get 1/3rd of our average rainfall for this month). But I walked around outside just to see if the rain had any affect on the outside world. The most obvious & first change was the remaining green grass grew at least an inch overnight and the burned, dying grass is at least a little softer. A hummingbird was flying around and there were a couple (2 exactly) new flowers blooming - both pink (wonder if that means anything). The native passion flower is still struggling to survive much less bloom, but the lizards are still out & about. I also noticed a few more flying insects (wasps, grasshoppers) venturing out. Further out in the yard, where it isn't as protected, the wide cracks are no where near closing up (left my slipper in the picture for perspective).
Here are a few quick pictures I took a minute ago - it is hard to spend much time in 99 degree heat (w/heat index of 104)... I'm really hoping fall will be better - if not at least wetter.
|pink pentas finally bloom|
|dwarf humminbird bush hanging in there|
|native passionflower still struggling|
|sensitive brier - wildflower|
|lizard or anole - love his hands|
|crack in yard|