Friday, August 05, 2011


Today,  Aug.2, my yard usually would be filled with brazen naked ladies who parade about my yard, front and back with only a eye-catching trumpet flowered covered bonnet on their slender body of a single stem. [Picture from previous year.]
Naked Ladies in Our
Formerly Benign Neglected
Front Yard
Nor have I seen any Naked Ladies in my area to date. There is still time, but peak weeks in my area have always been last 2 weeks in July and first 2 weeks in August.

In a previous post I mentioned unusual turning of leaves of a ditch weed known a sumac (not poisonous variety), a common colorful bush-like weed that exists in a number of varieties throughout U.S. It usually turns yellow to orange to red with a rather large seed head in mid-to late September in my area. 
Sumac, 2009- -Notice varying 
shades of yellow, orange, red
and no seed head yet in sight.
Sumac is turning color now. I further checked several areas near me to see if there was some reason other than heat. In some areas it appears the Arkansas highway mowers may be spray killing some where the mowers cannot clear right-of-ways and intersections. However, I have seen sumac which appeared to be on private properties as well as some green sumac with fully formed seed heads.
Sadly, I am seeing many native trees dying or already dead.

It seems paradoxical to have had flood levels of rains two consecutive years, and at least this year, followed by severe heat and drought.

Meteorologists and other specialties that study atmosphere of the earth and nature's response to various conditions claim changes in temperatures of the oceans directly affect the conditions such as the U.S. Specifically, the warming or cooling of the southern Pacific Ocean near the equator cause conditions named La Nina or Lo Nino and determine more severe summers or severe winters. at higher or lower latitudes.

The same specialists along with geologists and archaeologists also bring into account global warming. In September we will be touring a couple of archeology sites where effects of climate show a different life form once in existence.

I remember a similar Arkansas summer when we moved to here in May 1980 from Texas. It was transitory moved in that at times we were in a Texas apartment and other times, in Arkansas, setting up our manufactured home, or in a local motel.
Snoopy (spayed female), our first German
Shepherd bought in Morocco.
I am not sure who took this photo nor
exactly where we were living, except
except it was NOT in Baltimore.
We had our first dog, an aging German Shepherd female, named Snoopy. Once, while we all were in the Texas small apartment, the temperature was 110 deg.--no idea what heat index was.

The entire complex's air conditioning system failed--not for a few hours--for a couple of days, All three of us, yes, dog included, laid on the floor with oscillating fans moving air across our bodies wrapped in wet towels, Needless to say we were scantily clad.

My husband was finishing his job as a mechanic at a marine business which was closing due to a divorce settlement, if I remember correctly.

I am no expert, only an observer for my tiny part of the world. However, I know all nature is cyclic. Even this concept is Biblical, such as the oft quoted Ecclesiastes 3 with which I now sign off:
A Time for Everything
Naked Lady bud before opening -2009
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

and further in the same chapter:
14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. 15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.

I interpret "fear" to mean respect. Verse 15 to be the Biblical equivalent of "history repeats itself." Hence, 1980 and 2011 are easily included in this cyclic nature.

[Photos, except as noted, and opinions are mine, and only that, opinion.]


Arkansas Patti said...

I know what you mean. I took a road trip recently and noticed all the dead trees. Very sad.
I tend to think this is more the hand of man than the hand of God.

Amber Star said...

After 35 or 36 conseccutive days, it no longer matters, of over 100F we are weary of it. We were in this house in 1980 when there were 69 days over 100F and of those 42 were consecutive. I hated that summer. I'm not liking this one, either. I was just looking at an Alaska cruise.

The naked ladies didn't bloom here,either. We haven't had much rain in a good while. Not as bad as Austin, where out daughter lives, though. They haven't had any rain since last October and it was 1/4" then.

Dimple said...

Ecclesiastes also says that whatever has been will be, and that there is nothing new under the sun. Those who look anywhere but God for the reason and the remedy are bound to be led astray.

Justabeachkat said...

The heat really has been incredible this year. I've had a time keeping my flowers healthy. I've had to replace quite a few.


Lorna said...

We are experiencing the same kind of weather; difficult to enjoy, but, I hope, nice to remember next January

Pat - Arkansas said...

Finally, after last night's good rain, three of the Naked Lady bulbs you gave me a couple of years ago have sent up flowering stems; they are just an inch or so high right now. Gardening Daughter reported on Sunday that her Naked Ladies are blooming. I had almost given up hope of seeing any blooms in my garden this year, but where three are this morning, perhaps there will be more.

Our heat wave seems to be broken for the time being; it's almost noon as I write this and it's still only 77 degrees. Yesterday at this time it was over 100.