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Friday, June 24 2011

     While other parts of the country are suffering from floods, Texas has been hit with the most severe drought we've seen in 40 years.

This is a pond at the cow house.

     Shortly before it dried completely, we were tooling through the pasture and Other Half noticed a flash of silver in the pond. We stopped, and much to our dismay, we found that the sludge left in the bottom of the pond was filled with catfish and perch trapped by the drought. 

     As if we don't have enough drama with the animals we raise, we found ourselves tending to animals that flew in on the feet of birds. But nevertheless, they were in need, so we spent the evening with nets, catching fish, and transporting them to a stock trough in the arena.  It was muddy, yucky work, (mostly for Other Half) and the fish were not tremendously grateful, but in time, we got the bulk of them moved.

They are in cramped living conditions, but until the rains return, they're better off living in a water tank that gets filled with a hose daily.  The next day we checked the pond.

Everyone too crafty to be caught, or too tiny for the net, was dead.

     Things like this always fill me with wonder. What are the odds that Other Half would see one flash of silver in a deep pond when driving through the pasture?  What are the odds that he would see this on a night when we were both available to scoop out refugees?  What are the odds that these things would line up on the last night before the sun would overtake them? What are the odds that fish pray?

 

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 11:00 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
You, my friend, have a wonderful other half.
Posted by Sue on 06/24/2011 - 02:32 PM
Things (good and bad) happen for a reason.
Posted by Vicky on 06/24/2011 - 05:39 PM
Droughts as well as floods are sad. Australia has a constant cycle of them interspersed with bushfires. If one end of the country is drought ridden and burning you can bet the other is under meters of water as has happened in last 12 months. We are having a good year here and it is SOOOoo green and mild. Our water cachments are over flowing (were down to 30%) and the desal plant being built is not that urgent. People have embraced the water tank again and we are very careful with the precious stuff. Your hubby is a good soul for the rescue. Here some of the fish have adapted to long droughts.
Posted by Liz (Vic Aust.) on 06/24/2011 - 07:47 PM
Yes, I'm amazed at how the circle of Life spins. Some things make it despite all odds, and others die despite everything you do.
Posted by foensicfarmgirl on 06/29/2011 - 10:17 AM

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