Sunflower Season

With COVID-19 still spreading throughout Texas, Bill and I have been staying close to home. This is the first time that we’ve spent an entire summer in Austin instead of escaping to cooler climates for a few weeks. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been so enchanted by the abundance of wild sunflowers in our neighborhood—I’ve never been around to appreciate them.

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Woodland Faerie Trail: 2019

On one of our cooler summer mornings (yes, we’ve had a few of those here!), I visited the Woodland Faerie Trail at Zilker Botanical Garden. These unique faerie habitats were created by local families, individuals, civic groups, and businesses. Use of local materials was encouraged, and the displays needed to be weather-resistant (although I suspect some maintenance has been required over the summer, especially after thunderstorms). This year’s exhibit remains open through August 10.

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Stormy Weather: 2016


Central Texas is soaked. For almost two weeks, a stationary low pressure system pumped huge amounts of moisture into the area. The Austin airport reported 15.80″ of rainfall last month, making for the wettest May on record. Downtown Austin had no major flooding, but many homes were affected both downstream and upstream from the city.

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An Early Spring


After a very mild winter, we’re having an early spring in Austin. Daytime highs have already reached over 80°, but nights are still cool. El Niño produced lots of rain last fall, but so far this year we’ve had very little moisture. Forecasters are hopeful that April and May will be wetter.

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