There has been a scant three rain events - I won't even call them rainy days since the first of July - in my thirty plus years here I cannot remember such a run. I grow tired watering and can remember years I never touched a sprinkler - now I am out buying soaker hoses for God's sake. the woods are dry - alder shoots pop out of the ground and the birth leaf roller blight has sickened trees, alders, and blueberries beyond recognition. Throughout the month, we have set up a strong southerly flow - which always brings us stormy weather but this summer brings sun. The past few weeks we have had scarcely a north wind - and consequently, no mid day "laydown" on the lake between the shift from north in the am to south in the pm. It is a strange one - for the books. We are in a word, exhausted.
We continue to watch the brown bears - yesterday was so hot midday I watched one charging into the salmon stream - up to his neck he went - never glancing a salmon - much more intent on the cool down.....spotted a pair of red necked grebes out front yesterday - this summers first sighting. The early run of salmon is slowing, the lake is low. Catch sight of a muskrat here and there.
Had a most strating observation on a mallard hen, 8 ducklings, and eagle and two loons. But right now, the water is laying down (8:30 pm) the sun is high and the water is calling me - I promise to illucidate in the next entry. m