High Temperature: 93F Low Temperature: 71F Sunrise: 6:27 am Sunset: 8:37 pm Humidity: 59% Wind: s 9 mph Chance of Rain: 10%
July is slipping away and with it those added minutes of light - so laboriously accumulating between the winter and summers solstices - that stretched out the day into the evening hours. I can't say that I'm sorry to see either the month or the minutes go.
July is our most challenging month. It is typically brutally and relentlessly hot (admittedly this year has been mild compared to prior years), dry, and windy. The ground, the birds, the cicadas with their dry screeching in the woods, even we humans, thirst for rain. The indifferent beating of the sun's rays on the top of one's head becomes a kind of ache. The smallest and slowest movements produce rivers of sweat. This afternoon while out for a brief break for the dogs (who use it to bark inanely into tree branches, convinced a squirrel is up there taunting them), I could smell the heat.
Below are some photographs I took yesterday evening of a few blue pool residents. In the next day or two there should be additional graduates making their way out into the wider world. I like to believe that the fish food I've been sprinkling onto the water two times per day has helped them mature more quickly.