Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?
~ Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions
Yesterday evening, the sea and river took to the sky. Jellyfish and other sea creatures appeared to be swimming in the clouds.
Sometime close to sunset, the leading edge of the storms bringing us a cool front approached from the north and west. Ahead of the clouds were what looked like broken up pieces of a rainbow.
I have never seen a phenomenon like it. When I first caught a glimpse of the colors while looking out one of the windows, I thought “sun dog.” But then I stepped outside and saw the big picture and it didn’t look like any sun dog I’ve ever seen. It was too spread out across the sky.
The Daily Challenge from WordPress this week is ROY G. BIV. ROY G. BIV shows up here on the Eastern Shore quite frequently, stretching himself out in an arc across the sky, his legs standing in the loblolly pines, the marsh, the lagoon, or the meadows. Sometimes his twin accompanies him, and we call that a double rainbow.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
~ Robert Motherwell
I don’t know how long the phenomenon lasted. I spent about ten or fifteen minutes watching and photographing it. As the wind picked up and the lightning approached, going indoors seemed the wise thing to do.
We spent most of the evening under a severe thunderstorm warning. The sky did put on quite a show of lightning. The thunder rumbled along.
The wind gusted now and then, and we received about a half inch of rain for the gardens.
I am grateful to report that as far as I can tell, there was no damage here at the ranch. A few small branches were thrown to the ground and there is other debris from the trees here and there. The flowers and vegetables in the gardens all looked quite cheerful this morning when I went out to visit them. The rain did them good. The high heat we’ve had this week really dried things out again.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this mostly sunny (and not at all wordless) Wednesday. Thank you for visiting. Sunrise this morning had its share of rainbow colors, and I have a feeling sunset this evening (at 8:29) will be interesting. Let’s go down to the Point and watch the show. It should be pleasant. Behind the storm was some cooler, drier weather, and after the nearly 100°F day we had yesterday, it feels pretty good.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Raindrops sparkling in the morning sun; a long morning walk; a cool breeze; time to sit on the dock and watch the turtles swimming in the creek; time to listen to the birds chatter, chirp, and sing.