Every day, a photograph, a poem. January — cold, often snowy, though most of it’s gone now. Look carefully here and see the ice fishermen; this year we had three recently fall through– all ok— but it’s been 50° F for days, so it seems they would have stopped.
As I looked at this picture and all the water present– in the sky, in the lake, a reservoir for irrigation, and in the snow pack. Water, we so need in the summer in this semi-arid area we call home and which is each year a summer of wildfires.
So many deny the change in climate, but I wonder if Earth will look like Mars one day. Scientists say Mars once looked like Earth– with running water– Did Mars Ever Look Like Earth?
I know the land is drying up and burning. NASA has a wonderful Climate Change site, including solutions. Take a look at these Before / After images:
- California Rice Drought
- Vanishing Great Salt Lake, Utah
- Diminishing Lake Powell, AZ
- Decline of Lake Powell, AZ
- Disappearing Lake Mead, NV
- Shrinking Lake Shasta, CA
- Parched Poyang Lake, China
- Declining Peyto Glacier, Banff National Park, Canada
So, it seems we should be doing something– or those great-great-great grandkids you wonder about, may not even be born. So very sad.
And so, looking at all that water in the photograph, I am grateful for today. And so, a poem.
Water, water everywhere:Sheri Edwards
Droplet tons floating above,
Bound waterway for dry lands,
Draped crystals frozen in time,
Still, a scant significance
for the semi-arid—
Yet, an essential:
For which we give thanks.
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