It is desperately dry here. We are watering as much as we can but much more is needed. Luckily the pumpkins are pretty plump, but the feijoas are just not growing – still little green marbles. The grapevine is huge and old so it is managing to survive, and the grapes are slowly changing colour. Trouble is the wasps and birds are getting to them as they ripen. Maybe they will leave us some.
dry leaves waiting for the rain that comes too late
There’s a farm pond near us that’s badly affected by the drought, and full of horrible red algae. I photographed this white-faced heron on the dried up bank yesterday. It had obviously been in what was left of the water because you can see the algae clinging to it’s legs. Possibly it was looking for frogs. What I don’t know is whether this algae is toxic for birds and other organisms. Anyone out there know?