This is what we've experienced over the past 6 months!!!
This WAS our 'Stock Tank' when we moved here - we actually have two on the property, but this is the larger one which is stocked with bass and catfish and has NEVER gone dry!!
No rain, no grass, no hay to feed livestock for the winter!! This picture was last October 2nd followed by a picture taken just a few days ago:
Then there's our yard!!!!
The trees have taken a huge hit!!! Last year the Crepe Myrtles along the sidewalk bloomed all summer! I'm only seeing blooms right now and unless we get more rain, I'm afraid they'll drop and we won't get flowers. We've been having to water them just to keep them alive, and as you can see, the shrubs at the base of the crepe myrtles aren't looking too good!!!.
Aside from the drought, Mike was trying to reclaim some grazing land from the Mesquite trees, which are like "tree weeds" as in they constantly reseed and grow fast. He hired a 'dozer to come in and remove most of the mesquite. Unfortunately, I have looked through every picture album and don't have a decent before picture. The closest is this picture of our first little calf kicking up her heels... if you can check out the background, you can get a sense of the overgrowth.