"I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it." ~ Great Expectations (the movie, 1998)
Monday, April 11, 2011
Storms and Such
I fell asleep last night with the TV still tuned to The Weather Channel. I had been watching the reports of the storms that raged through Iowa, Wisconsin and other parts of the upper Midwest. My thoughts and prayers go out to those hundreds of people who live in towns razed by the tornados and other massive storms who are injured or whose homes are gone or damaged. Nature is sometimes not gentle.
Shortly after 3 a.m. I awoke to see and hear of even more damage and threats of vicious storms in other areas of the country. At the time, all was quiet here. I went back to sleep after an hour or so only to be awakened just before dawn by claps of thunder and the sound of pouring rain. While the wind blew hard (as evidenced by small limbs and other debris in the streets), our thunderstorm was a light one. It rained again pretty hard about 10 a.m., then the wind blew the clouds out of the way and the sun came out. I took the photo above from my back yard about two o'clock this afternoon. There's still some rain in the clouds but as the wind was moving them along pretty rapidly it will fall on someone else's land.
While I was outside, I couldn't help but notice that the anemometer on my in-ground weather vane was doing a merry spin. Since I am still quite the photography novice, it took a bit of manipulation of the shutter speed on my camera, and more than a few exposures, to capture the motion to my minimal satisfaction.
The pink blurs in the background are those of my Dainty Bess rose, the first of my roses to bloom. Yes, I got some photos of those, too; blog fodder for later.
I hope you, and those you love, are safe and unscathed by this past weekend's storms.