Flower, Missouri Botanical Garden, posted 2012-07-30

Missouri Botanical Garden – As the end of July approaches, I went back and pulled out this photo of an iris from earlier this spring.  The temperatures at the time were much cooler and rainfall for the year had been almost normal at the time.  Flowers were plentiful, both in the Botanical Garden and other locations in the area.  Since then, like much of the country, St. Louis has moved into a period of extremely hot temperatures and almost no rain.  Just a few days ago the meteorologists on tv were reporting that we were going to have a cool day with the high only around 97.  As might be expected, plant life in the area, flowers and crops, are taking a big hit from the summer weather.  Finding blooming flowers or even green grass now is primarily limited to areas where watering occurs on a regular basis.  Farm fields without irrigation will either have really poor or no harvest this year.  Fall colors are unlikely because many trees are suffering as well.  Even so, we’ve been lucky so far.  No major forest fires like our friends in Colorado and other western states have seen.  While the drought is bad, no water rationing and only limited water use restrictions.  All too often we forget to enjoy the things we have as we complain about the things that we don’t.  Yesterday we were lucky.  We had a slow steady rain for a couple of hours in the morning.  Some areas got up to an inch of rain while others got quite a bit less.  Unfortunately, the temperatures are expected to go back up into the 100’s today and most of the value of that small amount of rain will be lost.  But rather than dwell on that, I’m going to pull out some photos like this or some of my wildlife photos and enjoy the beauty of the area.  I found this quote online, so I can’t verify it, that I think sums things up pretty well — “Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.”  ~Terri Guillemets

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