We can’t go more than a few minutes without an existential crisis, and the current looming disaster is the persistent drought. I’m told that humans can live up to 72 hours without water, so I’m not sure we’re quite up to the “existential” point yet. Check back in a couple of days.

Look at these two coyotes we saw up on Russian Ridge a couple of weeks ago. They’re wondering what happened to the lush green grass of winter that includes small rodents.

two coyotes

There was some media focus on an unexpected side effect of last week’s polar vortex crisis. The cold temps wiped out whole bunches of invasive insects in the upper midwest and northeast. So that’s good, right? That got me thinking, there must be some good stuff that comes from the natural cycle of drought out here in the west. What could that be?

Starting with some obvious stuff:

– We’ll be encouraged or required to conserve water. We waste huge amounts now so this won’t be difficult, although we will make a big deal out of it. And maybe some water-wise habits will become ingrained.

– More people will switch to drought-tolerant landscaping. This typically includes native plants, so the local birds and bugs will appreciate this as well.

– They’re avoiding the anticipated mudslides in the Rim Fire burn areas.

– We have lovely weather every weekend.

I’m sure there are other more ‘natural’ byproducts of drought that are beneficial in some way. I don’t know what they are, however. Let’s just assume that this magical natural good stuff is going on right now, go ahead with the water conservation and everything, and enjoy the nice weather.

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