We are currently ending the hottest part of the year in Brazil. Temperatures are topping out and humidity is increasing. We have now had a couple of nice, beautiful rainstorms, which is a sign of things to come. Those storms cooled things off fairly quickly which, in Brazil, can mean double digit changes. The rain has started earlier this year, which is a welcome sight, particularly considering the risk of fire we face each dry season.
The arrival of rain means the start of summer here, and it actually cools down a bit. The first thing we see just before the rains begin is leaves popping up on the trees. There are a number of trees between the house and the habitat so, during the dry season when the leaves are gone, we have a nice view of the girls. Soon the trees, two large ones in particular, will fill out and a good bit of that view will be gone. In a few weeks we will start to see some green grasses pop up. What was cut low during the dry season will grow up quickly, providing young tasty food that the girls will patiently wrap with their trunks to enjoy. The longer grasses will follow along shortly after.
Here you can see Rana, Mara, and Bambi enjoying the first rain under a tree with happy tails, flapping ears, and a good bit of smelling the scent that comes with rain. There was a lightness that spread throughout the property, elephants, birds, and (of course) humans.
You may notice a small spot at the front of Mara’s left eye, which is some medication we applied after she got a small abrasion. She’s doing well and of course is a perfect princess for her treatment.