Wednesday, August 1, 2012

At last ...

I don't want to jump to a hasty conclusion, but ...

The relentless heat engulfed us once again today. Our lawn is a major fire hazard - only the weeds flourish but they lend themselves to easy pulling since their roots can't grip dust.

Towards noon clouds started forming. Our hopes had been dashed so often over the past 2 months that we didn't put much credence in the '40% chance of thundershowers' forecast. The clouds gathered into darker thunderheads but despite the occasional rumbling, no moisture materialized. Now masses of dark clouds appeared but they passed quickly to the north and south of us - we'd seen this pattern before.

The sun played peek-a-boo with us throughout the afternoon. Several times I left the garden weeding to go indoors when what appeared to be an earnest rain started. It petered out as quickly as it had begun. I was determined to finish weeding  after dinner so I didn't go in when the rain started yet again. However, this time things were different - the rain didn't let up and in fact we received several hours of very welcomed drizzle.

If the forecast for the next few days holds, we might be able to declare an end to the drought. I suspect there will be much joy should that happen.






21 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I sincerely hope you do receive good rain over the next few days. Drought is so disheartening for all.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Lets hope its a sign of good things to come, those parched soils need some moisture out there Rick.

darlin said...

Now this is fantastic news, the song let it rain, let it rain, let it rain just popped into my head and I hope you get a few days of non-stop rain as it sure sounds like you need it there.

I love that you did these shots in b&w, it adds a certain amount of suspense to them... if that makes any sense.

Take care and let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

Thanks for stopping by, it was nice to 'chat' with you again.

Cheers.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Your images are beautiful.
I truly hope the rains come your way
and wash away your drought.

biebkriebels said...

You can get some rain from here if you want. We have enough every day. It is not right distributed over the world.

Askartelin itte said...

Kauniita kuvia pilvistä. Toivottavasti saatte sadetta, niin ilmakin viilenee.

Pamela Gordon said...

Our lawn is like yours and the weather too. We are getting a steady gentle rain today, the first in weeks, so I am very happy. We were quite concerned for our well water table getting too low. Now I can do laundry again! Beautiful photos. I love the sunrays slanting across the clouds. Blessings, Pamela

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Spectacular images. Can you send some much needed rain my way? We have much the same weather patterns,clouds but no rain.

Lasse said...

Marvellous pictures Rick!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Very dramatic captures Rick! I sure hope you get some rain to quench your garden. We just returned from a visit up North and it was very dry and brown. So sad looking!

Lisa Gordon said...

These are truly so beautiful Rick.
I sure hope you get some rain soon.

greggo said...

Nice photography Rick. First time to your blog. It has been a blessing. Thanks for your light for our Lord too!

joyce said...

A much needed summer rain......do you want some of ours? i can send it by the tankful! Great pics, love the b&w

klea said...

I really love these B&W shots ! beautiful beautiful !
hope a shower of rain for you and your garden !
wish you a nice day Rick
thank you
klea

Marty said...

Hello Rick ! these clouds en noir et blanc j'adore ! they are so beautiful
with the sun trying to come through !
j'espère que la pluie viendra arroser tes fleurs and will give you some fraicheur !
je te souhaite a wonderful day and I send you some bisous plein de raindrops

Arti said...

Its almost the same situation here in India. 2 months of the rainy season are already over and there has hardly been any rain.
Glad you finally received some rain, beautiful shots.
Wish you a wonderful day :)

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

ioan moldovan said...

What beautiful captured you cloudy sky!
You wantmany beautiful pictures!
Best regards!

S. Etole said...

These are beautiful. We had an inch this morning which was greatly needed. Hope your rain arrives soon.

Rosemary said...

Awesome pictures! You can feel the power of the universe, very dramatic in black and white.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wonderful capture of light--never been able to do that. Great.