I saw this skull sitting on a coconut log down at the pond. What the heck?! So I asked Dr. Smarty Pants what it is. He replied, and I quote, “It is the skull of an alien,” thus doubly earning his nickname.
It is so danged dry! This is the clay road and my grandson’s foot.
This is the creek at the bottom of the hill.
PROVIDING WATER WHERE NEEDED
Above you see Austin’s arm after a goose attack. He wasn’t carrying water at the time, he was checking a nest and a gander went after him. Unlike the last injury of his I posted (“bystander in a cock fight”) this time he was the deliberate target. Our respect for goose fierceness has risen. …. ANYHOW, I put this in to show what I was being wary of when I went to check the pond.
Last year I showed the pond all dried out. This year Austin and team dug a well in the bottom of it because, unlike ducks, geese HAVE to have water. See the biscuit bucket beside the hole? That is to carry water to fill the well. The water table is even lower than that now.
SOMETHING FINALLY CLICKED
Behold Cardiac HIll in this drought. So brown and crunchy – so different from the days of dewy grass spiderwebs and miniature flowers. I kept thinking about poor Cardiac Hill as I walked back up to the house.
Then washing dishes and looking out over the ginger terrace, I started thinking “what the heck?!” The ginger is still all green – and we aren’t irrigating. Why can these terraces be so green when Cardiac Hill is naught but tinder? …. And then I remembered something Dr. Smarty Pants has been saying ever since we moved here:
NORTH- facing slope – what I see across the little valley as I look south from my kitchen. (Sorry there was so much smoke in the air.) North-facing slopes here catch much more of the sun and they are much dryer. Cardiac Hill is on a north-facing slope.
SOUTH – facing slope – what I see across another little valley as I look north from the top of Cardiac Hill. South-facing slopes get less sun and they are much wetter. More trees colonize them and if you want to dig a bore hole and hit water easily, you want to dig at the bottom of a south-facing slope. The ginger terraces are on a south-facing slope. TA DA!
Eleven months ago I took the above photo of damage to a hill at a place near here. The cause of the damage was too many cattle on the land.
Now with the foliage burned off we can see the damage even to the top of the tall hill. Erosion of this nature sets up a chain reaction that causes problems for folks all the way downstream, including us. I wish there were a happy solution.
THORNS & BARBS
This plant has a pretty little red flower, but yesterday I really noticed the thorns for the first time, and right beside rolls of barbed wire. It is my “Welcome to the Desert that is My World” photo of the week.
There are predictions of rain for next week. Anyone want to place some bets?
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