July 3, 2006

I went for a long hike today. Wow, is it dry. We have hardly had any rain this spring, and when coupled with warm and hot temperatures, the vegetation is burning up. I hiked four+ miles early this morning, and was hoping to see a lot of wildflowers. However, numbers are down significantly this year. Where I hiked, there were a lot of prairie coneflowers (yellow and brown in color). I am guessing that they do quite well in hotter, drier weather. I know that the lack of rain is going to have a drastic impact on the mid-to-late summer wildflower population. That being said, I am still going to hike and take photographs. However, not as much as when the populations are higher.

For the record, today I saw a buck mule deer and two white-tail does. I was also standing about 15 yards from two fawns before they bolted. The turkeys are abundant. From a distance, I saw a group of about 15, and another group of about 6. In addition, I was about 15 yards from a family of turkeys and scared them. The young ones do know how to fly as they moved fast to get away from me.

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