Saturday, October 15, 2011

Great Blue in a low pond



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.

89 comments:

~mel said...

Pretty soon you'll have that blue heron visiting your bird bath. Oh I hope the rain finds you soon!!!

Ellie said...

Oh my goodness that is some dry ground you have got there. I really hope you get some decent rainfull soon. Fingers crossed.

rainfield61 said...

You need to build a bigger bird bath for the blue heron.

Bruce Clark said...

You sure do have variety of birds to photgraphy. Here`s praying you get some rain soon.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I know... we did get more rain this week, but we are so far behind. It concerns and saddens me for all the wildlife with the winter coming.... Hoping for rain all over the state. blessings ~ tanna

Gone Country said...

Yes, time to fabricate a bigger bird bath!

Great photos but they make me so sad to see things so dried up.

Hopefully, there will be some rain in your forecast before winter sets in.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I am hoping and praying that you get lots and lots of rain and soon,
it must be a terrible worry.

Wishing my Irish rain in your direction.


x Fiona

Sandra said...

that last photo makes me sad, for you and your animals and the others in your area. drought is so bad for animals and crops. hope you get rain soon. i am headed out the door to a park to take photos with a friend. see you later today

holdingmoments said...

I do hope you get your much needed rain soon Theresa.
And I hope it's not too much at once, and causes flooding.

Farmchick said...

Love those legs!

Kathy said...

And now I'm reading that this could be one of those 10-year droughts that hits Texas every so often. The last one was supposedly 1947-1957. This past year has been so brutal it's hard to see how it could get worse. We got about .5 inches of rain this week here in the piney woods.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh my, it has gone down a lot since I saw it last. I guess you must have done the turtle relocation while I was away. How many were there?

Sharon said...

I really hope you get some rain, I remember worrying about our well, more last year than this. Cannot imagine what the wildlife is going through in your area. :(

Julie G. said...

My fingers are crossed that you will get some slow, steady rain over a period of several days. My, how the weather has been temperamental this year. Time to do a rain dance. I hope conditions improve soon!

Lynne said...

Love the blue grey of the Heron . . . It brightens my stopping by in the midst of thinking of you and the rainless days.

It must be a tremendous worry/concern . . . To say the least.

I will keep on caring about you and your Texas friends, human, feathered and animal . . .
but what is needed is an opening of the skies and a . . .
Bring on the rains . . . PLEASE

dr momi said...

Boy, that cracked pond floor says it all doesn't it.

Manzanita said...

I'm always amazed how those birds can walk around on those spindly legs. Horses too. Body way to rotund for it's legs.
Happy weekend.

Jill said...

Your pictures of the heron are wonderful. Such a pretty bird. Makes me smile.

Then I get to your lack of water and see how dry and cracked your ground is and feel so sad. I do worry about you down there. Rain has just got to come in abundance for you. Praying.

Deb said...

great photos....hope more rain comes your way....we actually got enough to make things think it is Spring here...

Kerri said...

I think we need to do a rain dance! Hoping you get some soon!

Margie said...

My rain dance isn't working...hmmm. I give it another go, tutu and all! Wet hugs for you and Texas.

deb duty said...

I love getting to see a bit of the beautiful world you live in. That last photo is stunning. Love the haze.

Birdman said...

I was hoping for some BLUE water when I scrolled. Nope just bird. It'll have to do.

ellen abbott said...

If we don't get rain this fall and winter springs rains won't help much. Crops this year grew from the deep water. That's gone now.

Hilda R.B said...

We have rain every day. I wish I could send some to you.
I love your bird images.

Jan n Jer said...

Fingers crossed for rain to fill up your pond n the ground water. This has got to be scary, when you start to wonder where your going to get fresh water. Great shots of the heron!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant shots of the Heron.

Samantha said...

Wonderful shots of the heron, but oh your pond. :( Where are you, rain?!

Linda R. said...

Enjoying your shots.. The legs on that heron just crack me up.. I don't know why!! I do hope you get a lot more rain..

Hugs, Linda

Pricilla said...

I keep watching the weather hoping you get a tropical storm or such to provide the rains you need

joo said...

All of them are lovely!

edenhills said...

I know how dry it is here, and you've had it so much worse. Hope you get some rains soon.

Teresa

magicpolaroid said...

poor animals.....

Michaele said...

What DOES the rain have against Texas? And - did you hear - stock up on peanut butter! The prices are going up 30-40% next month.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Still sending rain thoughts your way! The pond is sad, is there fish in it? Great shots of the heron!

Sandy said...

You guys in Texas had a brutal summer this year. Love the pics of the blue heron.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Look at how big this bird is , i sure hope your pond survives and I'll pray for rain!

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Wow! You CAN really tell how low the water is in the last photo.
:(

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Boy, I hope you get rain your way soon. Great shots of that Heron!

Pat Tillett said...

I really hope you and the wading birds get some more good rain soon! I love herons...

Sylvia K said...

I don't remember a worse drought in Texas than you have seen this year and it is scary!! I do hope you get some relief soon. Terrific shots of the heron! Always enjoy your bird photos! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

SweetMarie said...

Great photos! The last pic is sooo sad. I think of you everytime we get rain.

Becky and Gary said...

So good to see the Great Blue. I haven't seen one here all summer. Also I'm going to see what I can do to send you some rain. It's POURING here today, and we have several streams flowing across the basement floor!
B.

Paula said...

I hope you get the rain like we did to fill your pond. Our stock tank is full to the brim and running over and around but they (whoever they is) are saying the drought is not over.

Roan said...

Awesome heron. It's so sad to see the ponds dwindling in your area. Fingers crossed for rain! BTW, we're home, it's here, and WOW is it ever awesome. I'll email later.

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

We are familiar with that dry pond look here in the area. Luckily our big pond (not as big as yours though...) is being fed by an underground spring so it never was low. Also we got some good rains this week and things have filled up in our area. Too late for nature anyway but let's hope that winter and spring will even it out somehow.
Indeed, the drinking water supply for humans is of far more concern!
Love to you,

Mariette

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, I sure do hope you'll have needed rains soon. Tough to see that pool or pond getting so dry. Have a wonderful day!

Evelyn S. said...

I wish I could send you a little of our water! Even though our rivers are still low, they're higher than the ones in your area. And every time I see one of your blue heron photos, I'm so envious! Still haven't achieved that goal for my own photography.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

lucky you! such privilege to see these scenes.

i hope you get that much needed rain!

Karen said...

What a beautiful heron!... and I'm wishing rain on you real soon.

Andrew said...

The weather has been weird this year..i have had another day of wonderful sunshine although it's been quite chilly in the shade..
We have been warned to expect snow in the next few days... Crazy!

Montanagirl said...

Oh my - praying for rain. Love the Heron shots. By the way, I really like your Header.

Allison said...

It's so nice to be back and look over your blog, Theresa! But I sure wish you'd get more of the rain you all need down there.

Annette said...

Our pond is almost dry as well. But, there is some green grass growing in the orchard so the rain last week did actually do something.

bailey-road.com said...

The drought has indeed been terrible. I hope you get enough rain soon to reverse some of the devastation - to at least replenish the lake water. Hugs to all your wonderful critters, wild and domestic!

Woody said...

I'm heading to Irving next week, maybe I can bring some rain. It almost always works when I got on vacation!

Hound Girl said...

I know we are dying for more rain.
LOL we have that orange contractor fence in our yard... its to keep the dogs off a newly planted st Augustine grass patch :)

EG Wow said...

Not sounding good at all!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

good luck with the rains; I know how vital they are for you.

Barb said...

Do you get moisture there during the winter? Such drought is hard to imagine. I'm wondering if this is the worst year in a long time for your region?

Farm Girl said...

That is just terrible. I can't believe how empty it is now. I like your picture of the heron, I love his knobby knees.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I've managed to get a shot or two of these guys every once in a while but nothing as good as this. Well done!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So sad. I really hope this drought will not last as long as some are suggesting. It will be devastating. Great shots of that GBH, though!

Tiffany said...

So sorry about your pond and lack of rain...hoping Winter brings you much needed relief. Lovely pictures of the heron. Have a great weekend.

Tiffany

Kerry said...

Our rain has begun in Oregon, as it usually does this time of year. I hope you get more rain, and soon. Soon!

Ms. ~K said...

I won't complain about our drought...
at least, not to you! :)
Hang in there Blue Heron!

Unknown Mami said...

Good luck.

Randy said...

I say we all do a big rain dance for you.

Susan said...

Your pictures show how sad this drought you are having is. The creatures obviously depend on your pond. I'm gonna pray more for rain for you.

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh...I hope you guys get some rain soon. Your area can't handle much more...

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots of the heron, hope you get some more rain soon.

Rose said...

I don't even know what to say...I just cannot imagine going that long without rain. I pray you get a good rain, soon.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Beautiful shots of the lovely heron :) Hoping you will have more rain soon XOL

Shifan said...

perfect pictures.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful images. I was thinking of you guys last Sunday evening when we hit a storm with 100+ knots wind and such heavy rain that you couldn’t see a foot in front of you.

georgettesullins said...

Yep, we're waiting too. The front pond is damp, that's all. Thank goodness the back pond can supply water for the cows Rick has leased out to their owner. Sigh!

missing moments said...

Catching up on my visits! Always love seeing the heron ... and your photos of golden fields and silos.

heyBJK said...

Heron's are so cool! Are they still finding stuff to eat or is there less because of the low water? And you have certainly lost water!

Love the photos!

Kari in Vegas said...

Great photos. I can't believe how much it dried up!

Swing on by for a visit sometime!
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Candy C. said...

Wow, I was hoping ya'll had been getting more rain than that! The pond looks pretty sad. :(

Chatty Crone said...

Hope you get a real rainy wet season. Love the heron. sandie

Joe said...

Really looks bad. Hope you get some more rain soon.

Angela said...

The blue heron is so beautiful! I hate it that your pond is now a big mud puddle. I've been busy these past few days and I'm wondering if I missed if you moved the turtles and fish like you had mentioned in an earlier post? I do pray that it rains again real soon!

Furry Bottoms said...

I really hope that this winter will bring an abundance of rain to replenish that sorry lake!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

at least the visitors are still coming by...i hate to see the lakes & ponds drying up...hopefully you'll get your much needed rain soon...

Texan said...

We are seeing our pond as low as we ever have in a bit over 7 yrs. The last drought was the year we moved here, the pond got low but not this low. I so hope we get some rain soon and a good amount!

Country Mouse Studio said...

The last photo into the sun reminds me of the ones you always see of Africa with the lion gazing out. It must be feeling like that too now without the rain.

Louise said...

Oh, I was hoping that you had gotten enough rain to really make a difference.

pattisjarrett said...

Still laughing about the comment regarding the heron in the birdbath. Now I need to get that picture out of my head! Sorry to see you still have water issues.

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