POTD: Spent Beauty #48

Spent Beauty #48
Bozeman, Montana
2021

This is a lovely yet disturbing image. It is a photo of a balsamroot leaf taken just the other day. Normally the balsamroot and several other wildflower varieties that grow on our land are in peak form in mid-June. This year however the heat and lack of rain is causing them to shrivel up and die much earlier than normal, a continuation of a very troubling trend we’ve been observing over a number of years now. Climate change is having some noticeable effects here I think. We may dry out and burn up but at least we don’t have to worry about seawater bubbling up through our streets and roads like it’s been doing in Key West, Florida lately.