Feb 8, 2009

Open road of water

The Everglades Seafood Festival marks the approximate halfway point of the winter dry season.

From this point forward -- and until the rains start back up in mid May -- we'll be plodding our way through the second and hotter half of the dry season:

Water levels begin to drop more precipitously, standing water becomes more and more scarce, and the wildfire season cranks up into full gear.

Here's a look back to the wet season that was: 
When the swamps were an open road of water.


George said...

Hopefully the wildfires won't be so bad this year. It may not mean a thing for Florida, but so far we've gotten more rain (and snow) than we've had for the past two years.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Your dry season down there, Bob, seems to be our wet system up here. We finally (and hopefully for much longer) are out of our drought.. This and early spring are the best times of the year to visit waterfalls.

About our lakes here, Fairfield Glade is a planned community with lakes and golf courses. Our lakes are all man-made and not used as a water supply.

Have a great Sunday.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rob: That is surprising, we get so much water from now until May.

Janie said...

Didn't realize the rain doesn't get going until May there.
The bayous and swamps are fascinating places.
Re: Yellowstone elk antlers. I suspect people would snitch them more often except that the antlers are so big and heavy, carrying them out would be a chore, not to mention they'd be kind of obvious when you stashed them in your car along the roadside...
Funny that people actually bring back petrified wood because they're afraid of back luck! I guess there's a bit of superstition (not to mention guilt) in us all.

Michele said...

Despite our snowfall this season out here, the snowshed up in the mountains are quite low which is quite disappointing... means the forests will be dry coming the summer which means lightning will trigger the wildfires as well unless the rains come in the springtime... I understand the dilemmas...
Good post. Thanks for dropping by my blog today.

Carolyn said...

It didn't know your dry season was so early.

We have had what seems like a lot of snow this year but there is not much on the mountains which means a dry season...not good for a temperate rainforest!

Despite being surrounded by water and having some astounding rainfall numbers, we often struggle with fresh water on the islands. We are actually looking a desalination as an alternative for fresh water.

Walking also keeps you close to the action in all the macro environments!
Thanks for stopping by.

The Birdlady said...

I already saw this - I was on your website earlier this afternoon...trying to plan my trip, which is getting closer..I'm ready for Florida! I'll get the trip planned out in general, but I will call to get special tips. Thanks for the offer.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the tour. That's a great video. The concept of a dry season is totally foreign to me. I hope the rains will come in abundance.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments.

Interesting about the rains returning to Tennessee, I'll have to nose around to see how the rest of the southeast did in comparison.

And up in the Rockies, that's an important distinction: abundant snows down at the base of the mountains where people live doesn't sustain stream flow like the snow pack upslope, the latter of which it sounds like didn't get its normal allotment.

And yes, our dry season is a long one, and reversed from what you see on the continent. Spring is high water season for the temperate climates. ours is in fall. And even out west, California is just staring its wet season, which is short, but sweet to the farmers and rivers that depend on it.

Lou said...

The video takes me back to kayaking at John Pennecamp park this time last year.
I really enjoy your blog!