What extreme weather this year has brought. This spring we were getting so much rain that our pastures had absorbed all that they could and it was just wet. Our worst fear was that it would dry up and get hot and dry like it did last summer. Sure enough, as soon as the rains stopped it got really hot. The pastures really took a beating after being so saturated and then being subject to such high temperatures. The grasses basically had quit growing. And this drought was not only affecting us, but all the farmers in the area. With a wet spring they got a late start at planting, and then the crops came up and basically stopped growing because of the dryness. But yesterday we were so very thankful when some thunderstorms rolled through and we were blessed with 1.3 inches of rain. Could we use more? Sure, but we are thankful for what we did get. Hopefully it will be enough to give the pastures a boost and the grasses will start growing again.
Here are a few pictures I took yesterday during the storm:
Yes, those are actually rain drops forming puddles in the driveway!
Proof that we actually did get some rain; a welcome sight in our rain gauge!
And then last night as I was getting ready to call it a day, I looked outside and saw this amazing evening sky.
The colors were so sharp and brilliant and the reflection off of the pond was spectacular! This was after sunset and it just took my breath away. Yes, we have much to be thankful for.