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Welcome to Summer 2018!

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elagache:
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice.  You can look up the exact time it will occur in your location on this handy dandy webpage:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20180621T1007&msg=June%20Solstice%202018

To get us in the mood for summer I set about taking some photographs of the local area that capture summer in Northern California.  The hills have definitely turned brown:



Although this scene is not entirely wild.  Note the two palm trees on the lower right.  California poppies are getting in their last blooms before going dormant:



These are indeed hardy plants!  There are other flowering plants that indeed stress the point of how dry things have become:



As you would expect, the creeks are drying up:



That isn't good news for the creatures that are just getting a start in life:



This little thing will have a drinking problem:



Not too much drinking, not enough places to find clean water.

Still life manages to cling in some of the most unexpected places:



[wink] . . . . Surely a quintessential California dandelion if there ever was one.  Either is it a victim of the California school system and cannot read, or it is among those radical politico types defying authority! . . .   [biggrin]

There is just one problem when I try to create one of these photo essays.  Invariably, da' trusty wagon always manages to "get in da' act!!"



Welcome to Summer 2018!  [sun2]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

Blicj11:
Nice work. And a good laugh thrown in.

elagache:
Dear Blick and WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

I have one more sign of summer:



I don't know if these yellow plums are native, but I do know they grow very well in the wild.  I had to remove not 1, but 4! of these trees that were trying to get a start on the western edge of our property!  At least the food supply for the wild critters is starting to improve.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

Blicj11:
Are they edible?

I can tell that summer has arrived here on the mountain because I can almost keep my windows open at night without having to wear a parka around the house in the evening.

WCDev:
Great pictures Edouard  [tup]

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