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Stormy weather

Just before the rains came.
Just before the rains came.

Without darkness, nothing comes to birth.  As without light, nothing flowers.

~ May Sarton

A tree fell in the woods last night.  Do you think it made a sound?
A tree fell in the woods last night and there was no one there to see or hear it. Do you think it made a sound?

The big storm system that brought lots of snow to the Midwest is visiting us with wind and rain.  Lots of wind and rain.  Another tree fell in the woods so now we have two blocking the Woodland Trail.  Large branches from the pines in the cemetery are littering the ground on that part of the property.  It is not a good day to be in the woods.  Pine cones, small and large branches, and bark from the dead or dying trees are flying.

The dark clouds rushed in this morning, racing across the sky as if they were in a great hurry to go out to sea.
The dark clouds rushed in this morning, racing across the sky as if they were in a great hurry to go out to sea.

I heard on the news that Punxsutawney Phil, that wily old groundhog, saw his shadow this morning.  I wonder how that happened?  I’m pretty sure they had overcast skies out that way.  Was it one of those quick breaks in the clouds, when the sun gets a chance to peek through and remind us it’s up there somewhere?  We just had one of those moments here.  The sunlight looks so bright in contrast to the dark clouds.  I like that kind of light.  It made me get up and go to the window, and consider taking another walk until the clouds moved back in and the sun disappeared again.

Threatening.
Threatening.

So, Phil thinks there will be six more weeks of winter.  I hear the groundhog has an eighty percent accuracy rate.  That might be better than some of our local weather forecasters.

Watching the rain.
Watching the rain.

Groundhog Day is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  I kind of feel sorry for Phil.  He’s supposed to be hibernating.  It doesn’t seem right for his handlers from the Inner Circle of the Punxutawney Groundhog Club to be yanking him out for a weather prediction.  Sleep, they say, is important for your health.  I would think that’s particularly true for those who hibernate throughout the winter months.

Drenching rain.
Drenching rain.

That’s it from me on this rather dreary day.  Thank you for visiting, and taking a short walk with me.  We might be able to see the sunset this evening.  It depends on how fast the clouds clear.  If they clear, it might be worth going down to the Point to watch the show.  Storms often leave behind magnificent sunsets.  Sunset is at 5:26 PM.  I’ll meet you down there about ten minutes before that.  Be sure to bundle up.  We started out warm (in the mid-50’s), but the temperature has been dropping quickly this afternoon.

Because I need some color in my life today.  (Taken in West Chester, Pennsylvania in April of 2007.)
Because I need some color in my life today. (Taken in West Chester, Pennsylvania in April of 2007.)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Beauty in the garden.  (Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania.  May 2007.)
Beauty in the garden. (Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. May 2007.)

Keep busy with survival.  Imitate the trees.  Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long, not even pain.  Sit it out.  Let it pass.  Let it go.

~ May Sarton

Reminders of spring.  (Longwood Gardens.  May 2007.)
Reminders of spring. (Longwood Gardens. May 2007.)
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

26 thoughts on “Stormy weather

  1. Thanks for that tidbit about Groundhog Day being halfway between the Solstice and the Equinox. I did not know that even though it’s my birthday! One more reason to celebrate.

    Your images are lovely as usual. I always think of the dreary days as an excuse to relax and veg out, read a good book, with some soup or hot chocolate.

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        1. Better stay in or we can go to the Point. The wind is whipping (around 32 mph now with gusts up to 40-50 mph). We’d have to go through the woods to get to the dock, and that could be dangerous with trees falling left and right. I just got back from the Point. I think you’d very much enjoy those waves. 🙂

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  2. I love how you, feeling the need for warm colours in your life, bring them! There is free choice happily at work in the best possible way! Beatiful colours of pink and magenta hues, just perfect for such a wild and wintery day.

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  3. Your pink blossoms are so beautiful, but ‘watching the rain’ is the photo that really caught my attention since it is so unusual, yet something we have all seen a million times, but here, in a new perspective. Good job! 🙂

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  4. I felt that same need for bright colors today. Our weather is not ferocious but is wet and dreary. The kind of day I skipped a Shasta walk and we all made do with a short Bailey walk. I read that Phil has a 39% accuracy rate – either way, I would think a forecast of six more weeks of winter would be a safe bet on Feb 2nd.

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    1. 39%?? I better go check my figures, Carol. I think it was a Washington Post article that mentioned 80%. I would have thought Phil could get it right at least 50% of the time. I have to agree with you about it being a safe bet.

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      1. Wikipedia states that Stormfax.com, without without evidence or corroborative references, puts his accuracy at 39%. The Washington Post states that AccuWeather puts it at 80%. I bet it’s somewhere in the middle.

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