You guys following what’s happening in Cal-eye-forn-eye-aye? There’s been this ongoing three year drought that’s battering California. Making a living off the land has always been a tough way to survive. It seems you either have too much water or not enough water. I’m happy to be living where I do where lack of water is not an issue. Water is our lifeblood. Without abundant fresh water you die and then I take your stuff. “Economists at the University of California Davis estimate that the drought could cost 95,000 jobs and $2.8 billion in revenue this year. Much of the pain is centered in the San Joaquin Valley, where idle fields idle workers.”
Because so much food is grown in California on top of everything else, you can expect higher prices for produce in the supermarkets. “Last year, during the second year of the drought, more than 100,000 acres of the 4.7 million in the valley were left unplanted, and experts predict that number could soar to nearly 850,000 acres this year. All of which could mean shorter supplies and higher prices in produce aisles – California is the nation’s biggest producer of tomatoes, almonds, avocados, grapes, artichokes, onions, lettuce, olives and dozens of other crops…”
These pictures are reminiscent of the old black and white pictures from the Dust Bowl years. This is the result of too many people placing unreasonable demands on nature. How many swimming pools you figure there are in California? At a time when food crops are drying and dying could there be a bigger waste of water than all the swimming pools in Southern California? In the coming years as there are more people and more swimming pools you can expect the water problems out in the Western US to escalate. I mean look at Vegas too. There are too many people living in too dry an area to be sustainable. I wouldn’t want to own property in Nevada.
If you live in California I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe move someplace there is more water more consistently.
I was out walking the other day and stumbled upon this old piece of what I think is animal hide nailed into a tree. At first I thought it was a fish, but it looks like deer spine. That’s what that white thing at the top of the picture is white spine bone. Not sure what it comes from or why someone would nail it to a tree though.
Does anyone know what this is?