I don’t know how many times I walked past this cow skull before noticing it was there. It hangs on the edge of the roof to the Internet Café, which adjoins our house.

When I finally did notice it, I was surprised at how green it is. Having lived in the Midwest, I expect old bones to be bleached white from the sun.

However, after a minute of pondering the torrential downpours of the past 6 weeks, I realized that the color of this skull was a precise indicator of the amount of water in the air. Will take a photo of it again during the dry season for comparison. It should be bleached white after several months of arid weather.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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