Drought – We Need Rain
As I write this, we are expecting a Tropical Storm this weekend. The remnants are from what was called Hurricane Agatha that pummeled Mexico. The weather forecasters are saying this storm may become Tropical Storm Alex. You might wonder why the different name. The original storm came from the west coast. The west coast and east coast have different storm names.
There are two ponds in my condo complex. The one on the south side of the complex is so low, it is unbelievable. You can see the brown patches of the bank. It has a preservation area on the east, parking on the south, a condo building on the north and a condo building and the mailboxes on the west. A walking trail goes between the pond and the preservation area. The one near the front entrance shows no sign of drought. It’s strange.
A couple of nice pretty white flowers have sprung up from the pond. The flowers are on plants that are in the pond. There are several that are located around the pond. They added a bench so people can sit and enjoy the pond. If you look closely, you can see fish swimming along the bank. There is a fountain that runs in the middle of the lake. It’s not on all the time though. There is a bird that likes to get up on the contraption where the water comes out. You will see a turtle every now and then too. In fact, one time while I was walking, the turtle came across the parking lot and into the pond, right in front of me. It was a very large turtle.
On the northwest corner, there is a wastebasket for dog waste. One time when I was walking and passed by there, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a hawk. It was perched right on top of the wooden pole. You never know what you’ll see here.
I had to go out today. I pass a park with a lake on my way to the grocery store. Guess what? It has also been hit hard from the lack of rain. It’s the lowest I have ever seen it. This park is frequented by families, walkers, and fisherman. They have a nice playground with swings, slides, and a small rock climbing wall for the kiddos. There are picnic tables nestled back into the wooded areas. The lake is huge making its way to the east behind some subdivisions. In the middle of the lake is a giant wooded patch of trees. The walking trail goes right over the lake. It winds down behind some medical offices and out to two of the main roads. This park is frequented by workers during lunch time. You’ll see their vehicles backed into the parking spots.
Hopefully, we will get some needed rain. We don’t need or want any wind. Hurricanes and tropical storms have hit us before and it is no picnic.