Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Amazon Rain Forest

Today's picture shows an explorer in the Amazon Rain Forest. The man's name is not recorded, and we are not exactly sure what type of business he was about in the Amazon. He appears to have one small suitcase, and what looks like maybe a tripod. Interesting picture, and we are left to speculate what he was up to.

Domestic Update:

We have not talked a lot about this, but West Texas is in the midst of the worst drought in on record. At this point, it is worse than the Dust Bowl. Pretty much all the ranchers have had to liquidate the herd, as feed is unavailable and unafordable. This picture is of a lake nearby, the O.C. Fisher Lake, and it shows that the lake is now completely dry, save for one small little puddle.

If you look closer at the red puddle of water, you can see it is filled with dead fish.

These two photographs were taken by Mark Stull. Mark is a local guy that designs and builds ultralight aircraft, and he took the photos from one of his aircraft.


  1. This drought is terrible. I'll keep it in my daily prayers.

  2. I would guess that is suppose to be a nice deep reservoir.
    What is the red water all about? I know you have a Red River in Texas, but actual red water?

    My heart goes out to the people that live off the land with this drought

  3. What terrible devastation! By the way, it is interesting that you chose a picture of the Rain Forest this week. I hope the weather pattern turns favorable soon.

  4. Tonia O'UvaldeJuly 19, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I'm visiting my family in Big Spring this weekend. Not looking forward to seeing a land dying of thirst for 400+ miles!

  5. I find it very interesting how Mother Nature plays her games. Texas in the worst drought you have had in years. I live in Utah at the base of the Wasatch Mountain range. This year we have had snow pack in some areas that was 250% of normal, our reservoirs contain more water than they have for years. Lake Powell in the South East corner of the state at one point was rising a foot a day.
    So there is really no such thing as a real drought, the water just goes somewhere else.

  6. Like Dan said Mother Nature playing tricks. Up here in North Dakota every major river and a lot of minor rivers flooded bad this year, and are still flooding.

  7. Even here on the gulf coast of S.E. Texas, we have had only three or four days of rain since January.

  8. This is from the New York Times and I hope they are wrong: Climatologists disagree about what caused this remarkable dry-out. But there is little disagreement about the severity of the drought — or its long-term implications. When I asked Richard Seager, who analyzed historical records and climate model projections for the Southwest for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, if a perpetual drought was possible there, he replied: “You can’t really call it a drought because that implies a temporary change. The models show a progressive aridification. You don’t say, ‘The Sahara is in drought.’ It’s a desert. If the models are right, then the Southwest will face a permanent drying out.” Judy


  9. Is that a camera and tripod behind him, I wonder?


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