Yesterday we had another afternoon thunderstorm... ("Monsoon" season appears to be starting early) but this one *actually* contained RAIN! almost 2" fell on our parched prairie. It was glorious. ...and things are blooming. Baby birds and cactus blossoms, especially.
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These babies have been well trained by momma to sit very still when anything approaches.
And they do.The nest is about eye level and I was pretty close. Mr. and Mrs Bird were sitting nearby watching vigilantly.
I'm still not sure how living things survive without some source of water. Believe me when I tell you there is None. The 2" that fell will be forgotten by noon.
The good news is that the Big Spring fire has been contained. It destroyed 6 homes and 10 other structures and burned 5,478 acres.
Another big fire was the 4,980-acre West Fork Fire on Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch in northern New Mexico.
Since January there have been 729 fires destroying 317,109 acres.
Just some stats with your morning coffee.