Fortunately, when the bee tree snapped off,
it broke above the bee hive.
So our pollinating native bees are still humming in and out of there.
Their exit used to be on the other side of the tree,
but they’re using this new entrance now.
A month of no rain ended mid-June,
capped by 3.5 inches July 4th and another 3 inches July 5th,
according to the bucket-and-yardstick rain gauge.
Our cypress swamp, which had only puddles, is now full and overflowing.
Gretchen Quarterman was surprised when Yellow Dog walked past me and picked up that snake about 4 feet to my left. I had backed off when I took this picture, but the venom splatter still got on my arm, which immediately started tingling. With a bit of soap and water, it’s fine. For once the Yellow Dog did not get bit. She did get some of the food she likes best and a bone. Brown Dog prudently stayed out of this one.