245: Stormy weather

Stormy weather. Taken yesterday evening when the first round of storms rolled in.

We had some wicked storms move through last night.  Fortunately for us, the energy seemed to have fizzled out a little before they got here.  Places west and north of us experienced 70mph winds, and at least one tornado.  We did have some pretty spectacular lightning.  Someday I should learn how to photograph it.

Another view of the darkening sky.

According to one of the local weather prognosticators, we have had rain for 41 out of the last 55 days.  The important thing to remember, though, is that it doesn’t always rain all the time.  Today, for instance, started cloudy, became sunny, and then clouded up again.  More strong storms are expected this afternoon and evening.  Spring is really roaring this year.

The photos above look almost surreal, as if I Photoshopped in the sky or the scenery.  The contrast between the dark sky and the greenery was amazing.  I don’t think the camera captured just how dark the sky really was at the time.

The boat needs bailed. And cleaned.

I’m not sure we are ever going to dry out.  There was so much rain last night that a new stream has formed out in one of the meadows.  I couldn’t believe how fast and how much water was flowing through it, making its way to the pond.  The pond doesn’t need any more water, either.

Today's view of the pond

The frogs and turtles don’t seem to mind all the water.  The dragonflies appear to be pretty happy too, although it’s difficult to tell with the dragonflies.  Their facial expressions never change.

A green dragonfly

The creek is once again covering the forest floor so trips into the woods are not advised at this time.  I am surprised some of the trees haven’t tumbled over due to the saturation.  Two of the trees on the dam at the back of the pond look like they are almost ready to do just that.

Watery woods

In years past, throughout the spring and summer, we go through different color periods.  We start with the greening.  Then the purple flowers bloom.  From there we move to yellow, white, and then orange.  But this year has been, so far, all about the color green.

Walking through the timothy grass meadow towards the cattails

The greens dominate the landscape.  There are yellow and purple and pink flowers blooming here and there, but they are barely noticeable in all that green.

My outdoor adventure companion, sitting in a willow tree

Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion.  On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious.

~ Wassily Kandinsky

Rowboat at the back of the pond. Processed in Picnik using Heat Map 2.0 (thermal) to change the greens.

Sometimes I imagine colors as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate.  Nature is not on the surface, it is deep down.

~ Paul Cézanne

Garden notes:  Picked the last of the asparagus harvest today.  It’s time to let the spears fern out.  There were a few asparagus beetles out there.  I took care of ’em.  Lettuces and chard are finally coming up.  Yay!

35 Comments on “245: Stormy weather”

  1. We had horrible storms last night here, as well. But, gosh, the sky there looks so surreal!

  2. Pat Bean says:

    Hope all is well today. Loved the photos, especially the pond with the storm clouds moving in.

  3. Eden says:

    Loving the last one.

  4. It’s very calming to scroll through your “green” photos. I am enamored of your place, really!

    As far as the storms, be safe!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      I love this place, too. Ever since I first saw it, it was home. Not so much on the second look (because the house needed a ton of work), but then the third look brought me back.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    Wow, so much water. But then–so much green! Let’s have some sun now, what do you say?

  6. mimo khair says:

    The storm pics are so powerful! I love all the green against the sky

  7. Kel says:

    wow, what an ominous sky
    a green and purple landscape is a sign of storms
    glad you are safe

    when watching news vision of the tornado-hit towns, we (who don’t have basements) wonder about that whole basement thing. Can understand how that would be the safest place to be when one hits, but when you see the destruction that happens overhead, one wonders how they actually get out of the basement with all that debris on top of the doorway.

    do you have a basement?
    do you keep a big stash of food, water etc iin case you get stuck in there awhile?

    curious aussie wants to know

    • Robin says:

      Dear Curious Aussie,

      Great questions, as always. 🙂

      We do have a basement. It is called a walk-in basement because it’s actually above ground level in the back, underground at the front. There is a door in the back as well as lots of windows, so it doesn’t feel like a basement. It is also half of our house as it extends the whole length of the upstairs.

      We do keep an emergency supply of water, lots of it, because if the power goes out, we can’t get water (we have a well and the pump runs on electricity). We SHOULD keep an emergency food supply down here as well, but have been lax about that. It might time to remedy that.

      Thanks, Kel. 🙂

  8. Derrick says:

    These storms are getting nasty!!! Nice story and walk around the pond!

  9. Green is good. That’s a lot of rain. We have the cold chills now. It would be neat to learn how to photograph lightning. Maybe you will post them someday. 😉

    • Robin says:

      If I do learn, I will surely be posting them, Martina. 🙂

      I have captured a few lightning shots accidentally, but nothing good enough to post.

  10. Kala says:

    I love the last image of the rowboat – looks like a painting!

  11. oh, wow! Like the scenes from Lord of the Rings. You are surrounded by blissful works of nature and you have a gift to capture them. great pics.

  12. Geez, what a creepy sky. I don’t remember the last time we had such creepy colors here. The colors in the last shot, on the other hand, are amazing! I love it!

    • Robin says:

      Storms around here often produce creepy skies, SunsetSeaSoul. I have some photos that look like they are from a horror movie, the skies are so weird and scary.

      The last shot is my favorite too. Thanks! 🙂

  13. sherri says:

    It’s been a terrible year to say the least. Something so small, but I love the clothes line showing at the bottom of your top image. What memories that triggers.

    • Robin says:

      It has been a rough year for sure, Sherri.

      A clothesline triggers a lot of memories for me too. And the laundry always smells good! 🙂

  14. Anna says:

    Awesome storm photos and I love the last rowboat photo… great processing. Let’s hope the storms are over for awhile, and it will dry up with plenty of sunshine days. 🙂

  15. I can’t believe how DARK the water is in the first picture! No doubt the clouds reflecting in it. The whole scene looks ominous.

  16. Dana says:

    Greens and greys– this sounds like a recipe for a great outfit! 🙂 On a serious note, though, I love the photos of the ominous stormy sky. One thing I actually miss about living in Alberta is getting a taste of terrific thunderstorms in the summer. Can’t say I’d be too interested in the tornadoes, though…

  17. Preston says:

    Wow… What a scary shot. I bet you were a bit nervous with this storm approaching.

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