The drought was continuing, and I fortunately had a bunch of photos I took earlier in the season to compare.
The first pair is the pond where we had seen the heron on our first walk:
Less of a marsh and more of a plain at this point.
The next set is at an area not directly connected to the river, but still has water regularly. We call it “the place where we see the herons,” because, well, it’s the place we see the herons:
This is also the spot I took the feature photo. I had no idea there were shellfish in the river, until we came to this spot and shells littered the muddy flat. Something was taking advantage of the extreme circumstances! I wanted to get a close shot, and it was only slightly muddy. I think this place shocked me the most, mainly because it was such a difference in just six weeks.
This next pair is of a patch of wild iris. Again, didn’t know this was a thing in the area, but cool!
You can see how much had sprouted in just the short time since the water had receded.
Finally, a clue that all the green was hiding a terrible stress – this part of the trail looked more like October than July, as some of the trees shed their leaves:
It took a snow-heavy February for the area to finally catch up all the moisture it had lost last summer, and a rain-heavy March and April to put it over the top again.
So far, this summer, it has at least rained sometimes, and is raining now, so hopefully we won’t repeat this year. These wet/dry spells are playing havoc with the plant life here!