It’s been a while since I’ve written. Meanwhile our rainy season has begun.
I was away for nearly two weeks visiting the tropics for the first time. There, it was hot and rainy. Here at home it almost never rains during the summer so I associate rain with cold!
When I returned I found we’d had a substantial rain while I was gone. In the dusty spots, the earth is still warm and germinating plants underneath push the dusty places up until cracks form and out pop the green plants. I see this every year.
Of course, I’ve never gotten a picture of this. And this year was no exception. Maybe next year.
Now we’ve had several rains, and the hills are starting to green up. Of course, where the old dry grass acts as cover you won’t see the green for a while. The dry grass protects the new growth now that it has turned cold. I like to think of it as a sort of greenhouse, keeping the warmth in for the germinating grasses and pasture plants so they can really take off when the days start getting longer.
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