The smoky haze from forest fires continues to blanket this part of the world, even though the fires themselves are hundreds of kilometers away. With the sun shining through smoke, everything has a yellowish brown tint. Constance and I went for a very short walk to Beacon Hill Park at lunch time and saw a lot more yellow and brown. The grass usually dries up, but later in the summer – the dryness does seem very early and very yellow…last year the long grass in the park wasn’t mown until mid-August.
These bushes have flowers that usually blossom and then promptly dry up – this is also normal! The leaves are still green!
This big Garry Oak is a victim of a “summer limb drop” which apparently happens to many kinds of tree, but most often to Oak trees, and is not related to drought conditions. At the moment rain is predicted for Next Monday, almost a week away – we hope the prediction comes true!