It’s hard around here not to cheer for rain. Today we have had a series of short showers, some soft, some pelting. But each time it happens one can’t help but feel happy for the parched soil that is in such desperate need of moisture. So today it’s putting on a jacket that I may or may not need and being grateful for whatever rain we get.
Here in northern California, land of the gold rush and the dot-com booms, there seems to be a hovering sense, especially among the young, that fortune lies shining just over the next IPO hill.
Yet as real estate prices soar and the web crackles with news of the “next big thing”, the land around here grows arid and the lakes dry up. One wonders if anyone really knows or even cares that our survival on this planet depends not on the size of bank accounts but on the fertility of the soil beneath our feet.
Walking our usual bird watching route along the perimeter of Shollenberger Park last evening the darkening sky created a lovely scene. But the silver etched edges of the pond’s low waterline were a beautiful reminder of how badly this part of California needs water.
Think of it this way, there are approximately 363,360 drops of water in the average 4 gallon bucket. Therefor, taken by itself, you’d think a drop doesn’t amount to very much.
Our blood is 83% water.
Our brain is 75% water.
Our muscles are 76% water.
Our liver is 70% water.
Our kidneys are 82% water.
Our skin is 70% water.
Our bones are 22% water.
Even our fat is 20% water.
Climate change and lousy environmental practices are rapidly diminishing the earth’s drinkable water supply.
That drop looks pretty good now, doesn’t it?
Sonoma County has been suffering from a very severe drought for almost 3 years now and Sarah’s favorite birding place has been essentially dry and empty of the water-fowl that winter here every year.
However, thankfully, a deluge of rain has fallen for the last 4 days and the dry marshlands are beginning to fill up with water and because of that, their usual winter residents are returning. We got completely soaked this morning but it was worth looking at the almost magical transformation the rains have wrought.