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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Texas Drought Gone Awry

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

For the last two years in Texas, including here in Central Texas Hill Country where I live, the state has suffered through a most horrific drought. It never reached the "worst" level in history, though, leaving the drought of the 1950's still unmatched. 
HOME SWEET HOME

Acreage turned brown, ground cracked, lake levels lowered, and trees died, while the sun beat down daily for months, creating 100+ degree endless days. The prediction was more of the same through end of 2011and on through 2012.
MORE NEIGHBORHOOD FLOWERS
MOUNTAIN LAUREL IN MY YARD
SAN MARCOS RIVER
But I guess God doesn't listen to weather forecasts, because the rains began toward the end of 2011, and have continued this year. Miraculously, the aquifer level rose, the lakes filled--not to capacity, but on their way--the fields and pastures burst into green grass and flowers, and the trees revived.
BEAUTIFUL RAIN CLOUDS
NEIGHBOR'S YARD
Thanks be to God.....
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas  
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16 comments:

Linda Swift said...

Beautiful photos, Celia. And a lovely blog post. Your love of Texas is so obvious in all that you write. I wish I had a sense of place as you do, but as you know, I am a nomad with a ties to many places and no deep attachment to any. Thanks be for the rain.

Carra Copelin said...

Ah, the wonders of the Lord! We, too, are experiencing mass greenage here in the D-FW Metroplex after the spring rains. Hard to believe all was so brown and dead just a few short months ago. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Beautiful!

Celia Yeary said...

Linda--thank you. Yes, I love Texas, the good, the bad, the ugly. I understand your nomad life, but you have advantages and memories I could never have, since I pretty much stay in one place.
I'm glad you enjoyed the shots.

Celia Yeary said...

Carra-yes, I always watch the DFW area because I have sisters, neices and nephews, and cousins in that area. We're the exiles, living down here by ourselves. I still love the North Texas area, though.
Thanks!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Your love for Texas always shines through, Celia. These photos are sensational. Thank you for sharing your part of heaven with us.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Enjoyed the tour of Texas! Lovely pictures. :)

Caroline Clemmons said...

I love Texas in the spring. By August, I'll be ready to head for Colorado.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Oh yeah, dry as a bone. *snit*
When I lived in central Texas, I loved the way big storm clouds would gather and they were big and pink with lightning inside them--but no rain. Wild and wicked.

Anonymous said...

God is awesome. Love the pics


Blessings


Tina Pinson

Paula Martin said...

Lovely photos, Celia, so glad your drought ended.

Jenny Twist said...

How wonderful! What a beautiful place!

Vonnie Davis said...

I can't wait to attend TWRP writers' retreat near Bandero, Texas. I've written stories set in Texas, but have never been. Believe me, my head will be on a swivvel, taking in every little, beautiful detail. I loved your pictures. We have friends in Austin--Calvin's high school friends, actually--and they tell us how dry it's been there. Oh, and hot. Whew! How do you all stand it?

Maggie Toussaint said...

What lovely photos, Celia. Rainfall can be capricious and spotty, but oh what a difference it makes.

Blessings to you and all Texans.

Maggie

Ilona Fridl said...

Celia,

So happy that the drought is over for you. Those pictures are beautiful!

Savanna Kougar said...

Celia, thanks for sharing your pics. Just gorgeous. And a big ole THANKS! to God.

Barbara Scott said...

Green is bustin' out all over! Hope the rains continue to fall when you need them.