|How hot was it? A fried squirrel.|
Every change in nature creates winners and losers. The drought and scorching temperatures this month creates lots of losers. The winners are hard to find but they are there, those species that like it hot and dry.
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We had an unusual number of fawn sightings in early June with at least 4 separate does with 2 and one with 3 fawns. We would see them every time we were out on the property.
|Doe and fawn- Click to enla|
This picture was taken along Red Bridge Road. The doe was 15 feet away and made no move to run or even walk away. You can appreciate her emaciation - note her flank in the picture below. The fawn was also scrawny and moved very slowly, even though it appears to be several months old.
|Note ribs and sunken flank|
Solanum carolinense, virtually the only green plant in the garden area that we don't water. It is growing all alone on stretches we sprayed two months ago in preparation for the fall garlic planting.
Not a true nettle, it is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family. It is a perennial native of the southern United States and apparently loves the hot and dry climate.
Its fruit has been called the "devil's tomatoes" as they, like the whole plant, contain solanine, a toxic alkaloid. Between toxicity and the tiny thorns, this means that the only green plant around can't be eaten by wildlife.
The drought has hit Kansas hard. An Ellsworth Independent Reporter story describes a city law banning all outdoor watering, including gardens. Ironically that doesn't include the city owned golf course because of the cost of replacement turf. "We can't afford to lose the greens," according to the city administrator. Once again, winners and losers.
MDC has information on deer diseases such as hemorrhagic disease and blue tongue.