Even though it's more than a month away, we seem to have settled into a summer weather pattern already. Dry days are slowly lowering the water table again, so the deep units can go down; good news for digging, not so good for farming. The summer tanagers (photos in 'Birds') have reared their young and abandoned the nest at the picnic pecan tree, and the green is losing its grip to the summer browns. Saw a few new snakes this spring (I should be getting a coral snake photo at some point from the Hampsters). Here's a small Texas rat snake that was outside the tent a few weeks back.