I actually took these photos a couple of weeks ago. The area of the pond where the heron is standing is actually dry now.
I took this photo this week - purposely aimed straight into the setting sun - to show you the extent of the pond loss at this point. We're down to about 1/2 of the pond floor having any water.
BB helps show off how dry it is. That tree trunk on the right side is the same one shown in the first photo above, still having water near it a couple of weeks ago.
We managed to get 3/4 inch of rain this week, but it quickly disappeared. I'm worried more for the sake of our drinking water supply (a nearby lake) than the pond's survival at this point. We've made it through the brutal heat of this summer. Waiting through the winter for (fingers-crossed) spring rains may yet be difficult.