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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Month of Flocking Crows

The beer and the ice cream are out looking for customers lately. People are avoiding the lake. Staggering under an overload of nitrates from agricultural fertilizers, the lake is hosting its biggest algae bloom in years. The stuff is piling up in coves, where it rots, giving off a smell of sewage.

Summer comes to fruition as pears, figs, plums, peaches and tomatoes ripen.

The pear harvest is winding down.

Clouds occurred in August, a month that was cooler than usual. The dry year is stressing the walnuts and loquats.

Then there were three guinea fowl. The fourth was run over. Its spotted feathers are still drifting along the road.