Water Withheld

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

Rain, evaporating before it hits the ground.

“The planet is fine. The people are f—ed.”
― George Carlin

How’s the weather in your part of the world?

Here in the northwest US, water and snow are in short supply. It’s a big change for us, who are used to winters so rainy that sometimes moss grows in the middle of the streets.

Image source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services

In the Willamette Valley where we live, the warm, dry winter brought a lush spring. Strawberries appeared at the farmer’s market two months early. Apple trees are loaded with fruit, and the roses are already in bloom.


On the eastern side of the state, where we visit to watch birds, hike and enjoy the quiet, evidence of the dry winter is everywhere — empty ponds —

Krumbo pond. Last time we visited, the pond was full of water, and migrating birds..

— Low snowpack.

Riddle Ranch, South Steens Mountains

One dry year does not an apocalypse make, and, as climate scientists keep reminding us — the weather outside the window isn’t evidence of climate change one way or the other — but California is four years into a drought. Drought could happen here, too.

“Men argue. Nature acts.”

— Voltaire




  • Lovely pictures. Things are really bad here in California – short showers, dirty cars, yellow lawns…


  • It’s so easy to take our natural resources for granted. Until we no longer have them. What’s going on in California is pretty scary. Let’s hope a similar pattern doesn’t happen elsewhere.


  • We are taking everything for granted and think these changes don’t mean much. Sorry. I’m worried. This is the real thing. Changes have begun. This is not a sometime time. If change was noticed in only one area, it’s would be easy to overlook, I cannot in good conscience overlook these changes, and e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.


  • Thanks for keeping the topic going. We all need to keep this topic foremost, everywhere, all the time now. A really nice post, J.B.

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  • It’s been wet here, but it is that time of the year in Northern Illinois. We were above average in snow and below average in winter temperatures this past winter and so far it’s been a mild spring. But Carlos spot on – we have too many people who think of themselves before others and others means Earth. Sending positive thoughts for rain to your side of the continent.

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  • Love the photos, so different from what I know. Snow is abundant here, thankfully melted thanks to copious amounts of rain!

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  • Amazing! We are waaaaay behind. My roses died back and have to be severely pruned. The apple trees haven’t even blossomed yet! It snowed yesterday!


    • That snow – money in the bank for next summer. Hopefully it means no fires for you this summer. Hope your roses are a variety that get into hard pruning.


      • It’s on my list!!! They can take it. It’s like the Emerald City here. If the weather is like other years, it will dry out big time the first of July and then the danger arises.

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  • George Carlin got right to the point didn’t he…. great quote and amazing photos. Here on the East Coast, specifically Philadelphia, the weather is a crap shoot these days.


    • Did Boston share its snow with Philadelphia this past winter? I have to admit, after the 20th foot of white stuff was reported on the East Coast this past winter, we were a tiny bit smug about our lack of moisture. Hope all that snow melt brings you a gorgeous spring.


  • Wm-ette, eh? tentatively we’ll see/be-in the oh-shun inna coupla months near cannon (kids live/livid in P, OR). — we’re wetter than usual! funny, azzit’s “high desert” and yoozyoo-uhlee.

    reign, with-held. i see that too, from time to time (tho’ am either too lazy and probably more inept to photo/capture it as well as you’ve)>


    • A buddy and I are holed up in Rockaway Beach this week, writing, and hallelujah, it’s raining.

      Rain in your high desert? Hope you’re soaking it in. Even cacti need a drink from time to time. Have a great time at the Oregon coast.


  • Our area is in the prairies. Alberta does not have numerous natural water supply sources. Then there’s the whole issue of fracking and if certain wells /water table would be disturbed/contaminated..

    This winter has been unseasonably warm and a lot less snow compared to other years. We can see evidence..since a major river that runs through the city is fed directly by the snow melts from Canadian Rocky Mountains 120 km. north of us. One can see by the fact, that the water is a turquoise-glacial blue colour …very different from rivers in Ontario.

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  • I’d heard on a Ted talk a while back, that research was currently underway to further some scientific success in creating rain. I think it was called Cloud Seeding and done with lasers. Not sure just how far the technology has come, but I imagine mankind will sooner or later figure out something rather clever.
    In the meantime, change is inevitable. For the planet and those who inhabit it. Boy, it’s hard to break the habits of a lifetime.

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  • I’m sorry you’re experiencing a water shortage Julia. No, one year does not mean it’s serious. But since I’ve lived in California on and off for several years, the drought IS very serious. There’s only a year of water storage left and who knows what will happen since the powers that be are playing around with weather modification. All those chemtrails are playing havoc on our weather. So I don’t know anyone who is experiencing normal weather conditions. And since I’ve moved back to Phoenix, it rains here all the time. But they’re spraying here like crazy. Enjoy the rain Julia! 🙂


    • Spraying? Water? Yes, very happy to see rain today. Here’s hoping that the powers that be stop monkeying with chemical weather experiments, that California gets real rain, soon, and that we have a wet summer.


  • I am surprised to see Oregon being too dry. Here in southwest Idaho we seem to have enough water as our rivers and reserviors arefull and letting water out of the dams. There are parts of the state that are not as fortunate. The weather pattern must have shift.

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    • Betty Louise, we wouldn’t say no if Idaho offered to send some of that water to us. Seriously though, hoping the weather patterns haven’t shifted, and we can go on watering our lawns with impunity. Cheers.


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