A Hard Heart


A hard heart in sun-baked clay

Low flow with Sandias in the background. The river normally flows at the top of the bank I’m standing on. The bank is about four feet higher than the water right now.

A rare view looking north from the middle of the Rio Grande. The river is low enough that I walked around the corner in the top left of the above photo. Normally, the only way to get this view would be from a floatation device or to swim out to the middle of the river because the water is normally from bank to bank at this point.

Sunset last night.

Spunk Rock!

Stormclouds building up threatening to rain. I hope it’s more than just a threat.

53 thoughts on “A Hard Heart

  1. That is disturbing to see the water so low. I sure do hope those clouds burst with rain!
    We had a hard rain that lasted maybe 15 minutes. Hardly worth all the hoopla of warnings. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually spill for realz.

    • When I was a kid, the Rio Grande would dry up in July and August. I had a lot of fun playing with the clay and rescuing fish stuck in the pools before they dried out. That cloud in the last photo just spit on us. Pretty insulting. Thanks, Dale.

      • There were severe droughts in the 16th and 17th centuries that nearly wiped out the Spanish settlers in New Mexico. We live in a desert and dry is the norm. I lot of people who move out here and can’t quite grasp that dryness and deserts go together.

      • People can’t know what they don’t until they do!! I remember just in Vegas being taken aback by the dryness. I wondered how long it would take my body to adapt!

    • As I mentioned to Dale, from the late 60s, through the 70s, into the early 80s the Rio Grande would dry up in July and August. We had way above precipitation through the 80s. The Rio started running all year and all the lakes filled and many flooded in the early 90s. From the mid 90s we have received less and less precipitation. Thanks, Jeff.

      • I think nature has a distribution problem. There is not much sense of equity in nature. Of course we choose to live in spots that are not very hospitable and try to make them work. We act shocked by droughts, and floods, and fires, and storms, and earthquakes, etc. It’s not like the earth and its systems have ever been stable or hospitable from a human perspective.

      • Ah, that’s insightful and true. At a levels, disruption is a part of nature. It is good for me to stand outside of what I think is known. We do know so little about how it all works. Thanks for the conversation, Tim.

  2. I enjoyed all the images, even though I am horrified by the drought and dryness. Of course I enjoyed Spunk with his rock. 😻
    Last night I got about 0.25 inches of rain and a few sprinkles just a few minutes ago. 🌦

    • We got 0.05 inch of rain lst night. The cloud came of from sprinkling on you and spit of us. Thanks, Susan.

  3. Definitely looks dry there. We had some rain today so all the weeds in my year were very happy. I see Spunk likes to rock – not surprised ha!

  4. The Spunk rock reminds me on old Chinese headrests – this cat surely got style.
    Hoping for rain as well. The clouds always seem to curve around our place to go elsewhere.

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