Hill Country Summer

Hill Country Summer

While the Hill Country summers can be hot, it’s never as hot as in the cities with all the concrete and people. Also the elevation here at the ranch is over 2000 feet as opposed to sea level in Houston. This summer we are suffering from severe drought as the weather people determine. Del Rio and further west are experiencing extreme drought. Last year I recorded only 12 inches of rain. So far this year I have received 16 inches with August having no rain but I am presently having a shower and some sprinkles. The ground is cracked down in the creek bottom. Friends who live on the Nueces River have reported that some of the deep holes that have never been dry since the 1950’s are dry as a bone. Weather forecasters predicted an active hurricane season. They have since revised that forecast. Many of the local strong springs are not running as normal. Local towns are rationing water. We as consumers are paying more for water than for gasoline if you purchase it at the local stop and rob convenience store, paying more than a dollar per liter. Only several weeks have we experienced near 100 degree temperatures. The green grass that grew abundantly with the generous spring rains has turned brown and trees are still dying. As pictured on this blog, my dam and creek are still quite full. Part of that is due to my springs and partly due to the fact that I live at the headwaters of Bullhead Creek and am fortunate to not have neighbors above me that have altered the creek or the springs. Many city people purchase ranches and attempt to change the creeks, river beds and springs, pumping water to grow St. Augustine grass and shrubs and flowers that are not drought resistant. Most of them give up after a few futile years. This is a harsh land, not for sissies. Mother Nature rules supreme. Most of the time she does a good job. Pray for rain.