Some of you may recall I went on vacation earlier this year in west Texas. The region is called the Trans-Pecos region and the Big Bend. It is part of the Chihuahuan desert and it sits at higher altitudes. It is a strange and lonely place saturated in wonder and beauty.
It is also dry. So dry in fact that the town of Alpine has had 1/200th of an inch of rain since last September. That is dry, even by desert standards and when we were there in March you could see it.
Right now the consequences of the drought have escalated into massive wild fires rolling through the area.
This is a view of the fires from behind Mt. Locke (approx. 6k feet above sea level) at the McDonald Observatory outside of Fort Davis. I have been there many times. Seeing the familiar in such an alien setting as the backdrop of these fires is both amazing and terrible. I look at that scene and see the cover for a sci-fi novel.
I wish those brave souls who make that lonely place their home, the best of luck, and I hope for rain.