Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

Lake Wicwas Heat Wave!  Today was the hottest day yet this summer, and in fact the hottest day in the past few years.  At our house it hit 100.6 degrees.  At least the humidity was little better today;  yesterday it was so humid (71 degree dew point) that at 10:00 last night is was still 87 degrees!

The temperatures change the patterns of wildlife as well as humans - there's not much life to be seen during the days.  But at about 10:30 at night, I heard a lot crashing out in the woods.  I listened for a while not knowing what was making the noise, but it was too dark to see anything.  Eventually curiosity got to me, and I turned on an outside light, expecting it to scare the creature away, but it continued to come closer.  A few minutes later a good size deer stepped out of the woods, unfazed by the light.  It then spent the next half hour or so crashing around in the woods beside the house - they certainly aren't quiet animals at night like they are during the day.
White Tail Deer
Unfortunately, the heat doesn't slow down the insects.  I think the deer flies this year are as bad as I've seen them.  The mayflies hatched out this week in the heat as well;  I found this one right after it had emerged from its shell.
Something else that likes the heat are the blueberries, at least the ones on the shoreline where they can keep their feet in the lake.  There's a great crop this year:  large, plump, and plentiful.  If you haven't gotten out yet to pick a cup for blueberry pancakes or muffins, now's the time.
Also, all the humidity in the air - especially high levels this year due the flood waters in the Midwest evaporating and blowing our way - has made for some more very nice sunsets.

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