Remarkably we have somehow avoided getting COVID. Maybe it was all those vaccinations. Both Garry and I have each had four. Owen needs a booster and I hope he gets one soon, before he brings COVID home with him.
What we did not avoid this July was Earth’s changing climate. I think no one — Democrat, Republican, right or left — believes the world is doing fine. Behind closed doors, every Republican is worried. Why they have been unwilling to deal with it, I don’t know. But now, people are dying. You couldn’t miss that North America has been cooking since June. We aren’t the only ones who have been cooking, though at least in Europe, the heat subsided.
Not here. It has been blazing hot. It has also been very dry. We didn’t get so much as half an inch of rain in the entire month of July. Meanwhile in Kentucky, floods have killed hundreds. What a pity we can’t take some of their water. They could use some of our dry and we could use some of their wet. The earth is cooking. If rain falls, it’s a flood. Otherwise, it’s dry, hot, and hotter.
There has been some progress is addressing climate change. I’m glad there is something similar to progress. It’s long overdue. Sadly, it won’t do the one thing we most need: it will not bring rain. Or make rain stop where it’s flooding. We waited too long. It will take time before we see change. Meanwhile we are in a frightening pattern of erratic weather, super hot days, drought, and flood. It’s bad and will get worse before it begins to inch its way back (we hope) to something better.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures this month. It has been too hot to go out most of the time. Even the half hour I spend every morning on the deck feeding the creatures and watering our five still living pots of plants on the deck feels like too much.
About The Changing Seasons
The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently, though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.
For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape. In the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.
There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.
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