Friday, July 08, 2011

First The Storm, Then The Promise, Then The Reward

The storm clouds roll....

'Til The Storm Passes By
In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

~ Mosie Lister, 1958

Then the promise......

"Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
Each in the other melting."
~ Robert Southey

Then the reward...... Posted by Picasa

"The sunrise is Gods greeting - the sunset, his signature." ~ Unknown
Storms have blossomed each afternoon all week. They appear almost out of nowhere, with wind, flashes of lightening, and booming thunder before the downpours. An inch one day, a tenth the next... nine tenths the next. Slow moving, flash flooding, and still the humidity does not break. A cold front stretches, lazily languishes across the area... asleep. And the storms keep developing. I don't have to water the grass, but the cats hide each day, afraid of the sounds of pounding rain and rolling thunder. Still, after the clouds move on to the ocean... a promise appears in the eastern sky.... a rainbow. Then later, with clouds and storms to the north and south, the setting sun delivers a magnificent masterpiece to the end of the day.

This was July 6th, 2011.

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Nature's Notes
Skywatch Friday


Sandra Hangey said...

beautiful, beautiful and beautiful... love that saying about God's signature, have not heard that before. perfect

Ginny Hartzler said...

Beautiful, beautiful stages of the storm!!!! We have been having the same storms here!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you for this series of serene photographs.


Planets hurtling through the sky,

Can you tell me one thing: Why

Are you intent on fleeing

Far from human sight and seeing?


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher



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Al said...

Great series. I love evening storms - we're finally getting some now.

Kenju said...

Beautiful photos. We have had storms and much thunder for the last 5-6 days.

Credman said...

And the garden vegetables stand erect and wave!

Imaginography said...

What a gorgeous coloured sky! I hope the humidity broke in the end :) Bobkat

Sandra Hangey said...

Hi, I spent and hour messing around in the new dashboard and have adjusted. if you have any questions email me. that is a funny story about the roof top mom. so maybe some MOMS are from Mars.. ha ha

Patricia W Hunter said...

So, so beautiful, srp. All of it. I'm sure you know what I think of summer's heat and humidity, but I do delight in these afternoon storms. They make summer worth it, I think, don't you?  

The bird you asked about is a green heron. ( ) Funny little bird. He doesn't like me at all. Hunkers down and tries to hide, or stretches out his long neck, ruffles his crown feathers and carries on before flying away. Silly bird.

Ramblingwoods said...

Beautiful skies....I don't know if you got my e-mail, but on the Monarch Watch e-mail list, everyone is reporting a lack of monarchs at their Way Stations and everyone is very upset. But this was forecast by Dr. Taylor. The wintering counts were down and when the migration hit Texas the weather was cold and wet...He says that the migrations that we saw in the 1990's are gone forever and the new modified crops are another problem with habitat loss and is very sad but the very migration might end someday....

Leora said...

I just love your top photo.  You really captured landscape beauty.

Lori said...

We are so hot and dry here, rain would be such a welcome blessing.
I like the lyrics as they are very fitting for my life right now.  I love coming here because your photos and words calm my soul when it often feels afraid.  Thank you...

Ramblingwoods said...

From D-plex list
Over the last ten years we have noticed that when we have drought, we have
fewer swallowtails. Fewer all species but especially swallowtails. We suspect that pupae dehydration in the wild is part of the cause. I don't
know how much of the US had drought but we had severe drought. Even with
drenching rains for weeks, the burn ban is still in effect here.

With the freeze hitting down to Miami the last two years, this causes
problems for the species that repopulate the northern US from southern
regions. The number to repopulate is much lower - Miami and south, compared
to Orlando and south.

Has anyone researched to see if numbers are normally lower when the southern
US is in severe drought conditions and/or when the southeastern US freezes
so low with more and harder freezes than normal?

Now that we have been having rains for several weeks, we see many more
butterflies out in the wild than a month ago.


Ramblingwoods said...

I wanted to say that I am sorry about your Mom's fall and hope she feels is scary to take a spill especially as a senior

Kenju said...

Re your comment today:  we ate in that same restaurant and I loved it; the food AND the decor!!