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Sunday, August 6, 2017

CMO monsoon season

Well, while I was in town blogging my heart out, my sister called to say it was monsooning here. I had looked at the radar an hour earlier. Didn't look all that promising. None forecast. So I rushed down. Although I missed seeing  the torrential rains, I got to enjoy the immediate aftermath. Water was still flooding and running across Terlingua Ranch Road. Seems I got my whole monsoon season in less than an hour. Typical. Got 1.46," which is a lot for me to get in one storm.

While I was speeding south, my sister went to work on a bad spot on Snake Rd so I could get through. I really appreciated that. On my big hill I stopped to pick up boulders that had tumbled down the cliff-side but one was too heavy. Fortunately I was able to go around it.

I think this is the latest in the year that I've had to wait for my tanks to fill, other than in 2011 when I didn't get rain all year. My soapberries are standing in water, which makes them happy. I couldn't get close enough to them to take a photo because of water. Everything is full of water. 

Hoping to get the Terlingua Ranch maintenance crew to grade Snake Rd before the hummer festival and photo workshop in less than 2 weeks. But there's nothing I can do about the hordes of mosquitoes that are going to magically appear. People will just have to use repellent. 

Stucco tank

Big concrete tank

Wildlife pond

In a week I should be loaded with mosquito-eating dragonflies. The trees along the edge of the wildlife pond are currently standing in water. They love that, too. By tomorrow it will have subsided and they'll have had a good much needed soaking. What with migrant hummers starting to show up, the doldrums of summer are past, at last.

I won't have to water or pump water this week while we're working on the rent house. Then I should be able to come down here and enjoy.


  1. FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations. I'm happy for you and all the wildlife at the CMO.

  2. Yup, it's great! Can relax for another year as long as no leaks happen, or faucets get left on.

  3. When it rains it pours. They say. I'm glad it did. There's nothing like it.....