Autumn Is On Its Way

August comes officially to an end and so does the meteorological Summer, which differs from the astronomical End of Summer on September 21, this year. But here in North Texas, we will notice the difference a little bit later. The next days and weeks, we still will experience days in the low to mid 90s. Yeah, for us it still will feel like Summer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Mammoth sunflower in our garden, in Summer 2013

Goodbye August! Hello September!

The Power of Nature

Today, we finally had a thunderstorm with some decent rain in North Texas. It hasn’t been raining for quite some time. And we are back into the drought again, this Summer. I’m always fascinated what an amazing light show Mother Nature provides for us at moments like these. In the South, the lightning can be wicked. But it is stunning as well. Here is a photo of a powerful lightning strike, I’ve witnessed in early August 2013:

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Lightning strike from an early August storm in 2013

Wilted Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum)

At this time of the year, for many blooms it is too hot in the Texas Prairie. Without rainfall for weeks, the soil begins to dry out and and leaves deep cracks in the ground. The wildflower’s roots have a hard time to reach the moisture, which is left in the deeper clay. The Texas Thistle is one of the many plants, which begins to wilt in the heat. Its peak blooming season is in early Summer, when we still get plenty of thunderstorms. But now in the beginning of August, we have an ocean of wilted thistles across the prairie. Even in its wilted stage, the Texas Thistle has its own beauty.

The Dog Days of Summer*

Damn, it is hot! The last few days, we had temperatures of 106ยบF (41ยบC) here in the northern part of the DFW Metroplex. The next few days suppose to reach 108/109ยบF (42/43ยบC), before we get a break and hopefully some rain. Every night, when I water my home garden I also refill the bird baths. One of them, I put lower to the ground. The bunnies and other critters need water in this heat, too. My pets are “lazy” all day, and they won’t move a muscle until 7 PM. When I tell Lexi and Luis to go for a short potty break outside, they look at me as I had stolen their milk bones. Lexi goes in our bedroom, while Luis cools off on our leather couch.

*Original meaning behind “The Dog Days of Summer”:
When Sirius (the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major/Greater Dog, therefore called “The Dog Star”, rises with the Sun on those hot Summer mornings, we call the days from early July until the End of September “The Dog Days of Summer”.

Storm Clouds After Sunset

When I called in Katelynn and Sara for the night, the girls pointed out the cloud east of us. “Mom, we get a storm tonight. It’s lightning and thundering”, Katelynn said. The storm cloud looked so cool, I had to get my camera and shoot a few photos.