There are 10 days left in May and we are into our 2nd week of 90+ temperatures. Spring Wildflowers barely had time to bloom in early April before the heat took over and they withered. Bird numbers appear to be lower in most areas in the park, but Lizard and Turtle numbers are up. Magnolia leaves are loosing their glossy deep green and now are olive or a toasted brown color.
Today I decided to try and get a few Southern Magnolia photographs before they all turn brown. As I was hiking from Tree to Tree I noticed the park service was watering all the small decorative foliage in the groomed areas of the park. This is not the first time I have seen them do this, but usually it happens late in the summer, not spring. The usually lush spring green grasses have already dried and small Trees are loosing their Leaves.
The fragile delicate balance needs us to stop heating our planet Earth… I am already planning my fire escape routes for every trail before I hike. We really need some rain to feed the Forest!
On a brighter note Nature still has wonderful surprises even on the hottest days. I found a few lovely creamy Southern Magnolias and watched a lovely Mockingbird flight school for new offspring. Nature calls to my Heart to come and see her beauty…
Love to ALL!