The Miami Valley is seeing its first heat wave. The high temperatures combined with abundant sunshine and humidity is going to make it feel like the upper 90s to the triple digits through the weekend. Ohioans will get some relief when a cold front comes through on Saturday, but things won’t really cool down until Sunday into early next week.
Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Wilmington says that although this the hottest weather this year, it’s not going to be as hot as last summer.
Through much of my life, my most unsettling dreams have been those in which the world that should have been familiar has changed, and the old streets are no longer what they were. The houses and trees that used to serve as markers no longer look the way they used to look. No one knows who I am.
Escaping the noon soon, I enter the cool woods. Here everything is dark and subdued. It is the third week of middle summer, a quiet space between the forest’s seasons, most the late spring and early summer flowers gone, none of the late summer flowers blooming.
May apples have toppled over, foliage dappled with yellow. Leafcup plants have been eaten off by deer, will bloom as they recover. Soft, wet moss on a fallen tree glows in the twilight beneath the canopy.
Ohio environmental officials will begin studying the Stillwater River watershed this year to monitor the quality of the river that passes through parts of Ohio and Indiana.
The state scenic river is part of the Great Miami River watershed. It flows 67 miles from its headwaters in Indiana and northern Darke County in western Ohio through Miami County to the Great Miami River in Dayton.
I walk into the woods and pastures to touch middle summer, finding August’s white snakeroot with huge buds, wood nettle with its petals, wingstem ready to open, parsnips half to seed, but still flowering enough to make part of the field yellow, while the other part is white with daisy fleabane. Wild onions are blooming. Virginia roses still bright pink. Prickly buckeye fruits, an inch in diameter, are hanging from the trees.