The past few days have been pretty muggy, with a few drops of rain. We seem to be right on the edge of the storms, because we’ve had almost nothing while southern Bakersfield has had heavy rain and flooding. The thunderstorms and flash floods are a good thing — unless you’re caught in one — because they are another indication of a strong El Nino.
Oddly enough, I first heard of El Nino many, many years ago. It was mentioned in a pirate story I read, along with the reason for the name. The warm current came along about Christmas time, so El Nino — the Christ Child. The storms came into the story because they made the pirate trade difficult. Apparently the author had done his homework, because that’s the explanation I’ve heard repeated ever since. In the story, though, it was a bad thing instead of an eagerly anticipated event.
At any rate, blog posts will continue to be sporadic until the weather moderates a bit. Meanwhile, here’s one of my more successful hummingbird pictures.
You can even see his little toenails, if you look closely. Too bad he wouldn’t turn around, but his glittery green back is gorgeous. I didn’t realize for years that hummingbird feet are so tiny they can’t walk or hop, but only perch or fly. Luckily, that’s all they need.