Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.
~ John Steinbeck
The remnants of Karen are still with us, twirling around, bringing us rain and wind, all of it moving backwards, from east to west. High pressure and a cold front off to our west are promising to sweep it all out to sea. Soon, they tell us, we’ll see the sun again.
Ocean City doesn’t seem to be suffering too much. There were plenty of people there yesterday, most them driving classic cars because of the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event. It’s amazing how many people show up to show off their restored and/or classic cars, even in bad weather. Seems to me those old cars have a lot more character to them than anything they make today.
Here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, the rains have finally ended although the wind and dark cloud cover are still with us as of this writing. I am not sure what the grand total of rainfall turned out to be. We forgot to empty the rain gauge last night before going to bed, and it was nearly 5 inches at that time (which is as high as it goes). Very early this morning we had a couple of episodes of heavy, pounding rain and gusty winds. From the sounds of it, and judging by how long the rain went on, we may have gotten another inch or so. I can’t say for sure since the rain gauge overfloweth.
Everything is thoroughly saturated. Our trees have fared well. We have some downed branches and pieces of branches, especially on the woodland paths, but none of the trees have toppled over. On our way to Ocean City yesterday we noticed several trees that had given up due to the over-saturated ground. Their roots had nothing to hang on to except for mud and water, substances that can’t be grasped and held for long.
The Morning Glories and roses all seem to be thriving in this weather. I don’t know how they do it without the light of the sun.
Most of the yellow in the meadows has faded with the goldenrod. The dominant colors are white from the asters and sea myrtle shrubs, and a variety of greens. There are also some reds and yellows on the sweet gum trees.
A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you for stopping by. Sorry about the dreary weather. Someday the sun will return. Or so they say.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂