Wandering around on the Pawnee National Grasslands last weekend it was quite clear the land is thirsty.

Areas where temporary ponds usually are found are dry as a bone this year.

Flowers from last year remain but the new flowers are asking for rain.

A vast landscape in search of a drink…where are you April Showers.

April 8th 2017 on the Pawnee National Grassland.

18 thoughts on “Thirsty

    1. HI Jim, yes change can come quickly. We noticed many plants just lurking beneath the surface waiting to burst forth and a bit of moisture would help them break through that very dry skin of earth.

  1. I love the Pawnee Grasslands, I am glad to get this update, as I think about this magical place often since my visit there in 2011. But I am sad to see they are so parched this spring, I hope they get rain soon. Great post, Mike.

  2. Graham

    Great photos! As someone who spends a lot of time in the countryside, can I ask if you feel you are acutely aware of climate change first hand?

    1. HI Graham, although my first inclination is to say yes to the idea that I can feel climate change introspection leads me answer I don’t know. However I do strongly find the scientific evidence to support climate change and since I find science to be a very useful tool to make decisions in a very complex universe I must go with what the data suggest.

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