It's been interesting, but not uplifting, to watch the water recede at Pin Oak Marsh this summer --- shallow ponds west of Highway 14 drying up entirely; larger ponds to the east, steadily diminishing. So I haven't taken many photos. If you want to see how that looks, go to the Lucas County Conservation Board's Facebook page.
The sunflowers, however, are putting on their annual show right now --- demonstrating that even in years of drought native plants manage to stay on the sunny side and prevail. If you know where to look, you can find bottle gentians blooming in the grass as well.
As a rule, these gentians are the last of the prairie plants to come into bloom before frost. I'm cheating here because this photo was taken last year. Even the gentians are looking raggedy now.
I'm feeling a little raggedy, too; the summer --- hot and dry --- and now the fall, although beautiful, seem ominous and probably are. Days of gentle rain would help. But there is no guarantee that those days will be forthcoming. Some days it's kind of hard to turn your face to the sun. Obviously, I need more coffee.