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August 13, 2011


August 13, 2011

Not the tropical Sadie Thompson sort of rain, keeping people indoors and insane day after soggy day, but the welcome surprise of gentle showers in the prairie after months of high temperatures and drought. Indeed, our dry beautiful days were making us a little crazy.

This morning I rolled over, the alarm must be going off too early, the window was still dark. I glanced out at the side fence I use to tell if I can drag hoses to water today; before dawn on even days my neighbor’s sprinklers hit the lower two-thirds of the silvered wood, but this morning the entire thing is dark.

Opposite the fence the dogs weren’t outside, they were in the doorway of the garage, looking out into the yard. Polite inquiring looks asking if they had to get wet this morning. Only for food or a chance to hang out in the house would they leave their straw-filled stall.

After months of moaning about the heat and drought, we got our wish, a gentle rain. I can smell the moist soil, the concrete, the roof, the bricks, the garden, all giving off their wet scents that a hose or sprinkler can’t duplicate. We’ve lost a lot of plants, some will be giving off the gentle composting scent of death as they stand brown in the moist earth. The whole world will probably smell like compost tomorrow with all of the dead turf and down leaves through the region.

I don’t know how long it will last, but right now I am perfectly happy with the weather. These photos are dark, there is no fill-flash, no retouching to lighten them in Photoshop. They were taken after dawn on a rainy North Texas morning and are perfect just the way they are.

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  1. August 13, 2011 11:36 pm

    I bet the dogs had almost forgotten what rain is!

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