Monday, August 3, 2015

Rainset







Now, the storms roll in almost every afternoon, clouds building and darkening, finally letting go in early evening. The rain comes down hard at first. It can go on for hours, or it can end quickly, a brief but intense shower that has the canales running and the arroyo rushing in mere minutes before it moves on. Some evenings, we can sit and watch it raining all around us, sheets of gray falling in every direction but not here. And sometimes we're the ones who get it, those of us tucked up against the bottom of the mountain. This night, the western sky stayed clear. The rain fell over us as the sun set, the sky moving through a spectrum of colors from west to east: flaming red to orange to gold, cooling to blue and violet and gray toward the mountain. Everything was bathed in golden-orange light and the shadows loomed. I stayed outside, under shelter of the porch roof, until the sun sank beneath the horizon. My world was only dark and wet then; the breeze felt chilly without the blaze of setting sun. The canales ran and the puddles grew. Our overgrown roses whispered against the garden wall and the wind chimes rang softly. It was eight-thirty on a Sunday night in the last real month of summer - already a little darker in the mornings and evenings, already a little cooler at midday, every flower already past its peak. It was cool enough for a sweater but I wrapped my arms around myself and stood there until it was too dark to see.

34 comments:

  1. A wonderful piece of descriptive writing Jennifer. I was right there with you.

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  2. Beautiful imagery ,your writing is so evocative I wish I was standing under your porch , must be so special. Hope the little man is feeling much better

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  3. You paint such a beautiful word picture, I could have been there. You live in an amazing part of the world! The best we get is a glimpse of the coloured sky between the houses as the sun sets out of sight! xx

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  4. You are such a talented writer Jennifer, this is beautiful x

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  5. It always fascinates me how your rain comes along at the same time of day. Over here it can be at any minute, day or night. You definitely have an affinity with rain, you write so beautifully about it. It's 9pm here right now, and I was just looking at the setting sun and noticing that it's a little darker than it was. Everything is rolling round, right on track, just how it should be. CJ xx

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  6. Beautiful words, and stunning photos.

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  7. Just lovely Jennifer. I can close my eyes and imagine being there on that Sunday evening. Thank you. x

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  8. Having had rain for what seemed like every single day in July, I thought I was heartily sick of it. But your rain - with its specific timing - sounds good! :o)

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  9. Your photos and words helped me feel I was right there with you, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing!

    When I got home from camping yesterday afternoon I was delighted to find the package you sent with my winnings from your generous giveaway :) Thank you, again! My granddaughters, my oldest daughter and I are going to have a tea party this afternoon and I plan to use some of the pretty napkins you sent.

    Wishing you happiness <3

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  10. It sounds like Heaven, you know how much I adore rain.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. Your photos are always lovely, and your writing just pulled me in. I felt I was there with you!

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  12. I enjoyed your description of your evening. We had a cloudy day and it was cooler.. we've had a pretty awful heat wave here. And of course we were in awful heat in Oklahoma and Missouri. Neat photos you put up.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Love your description of the storms. They're so different there than they are here in the Midwest, where we have a lot of lightning and thunder. I'm afraid to ask...what's that orange creature in the last photo?!

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  14. What a beautiful description Jennifer. You definitely have the gift of writing. It's still very hot here. We're ready for a bit of a cool down.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  15. A wonderful post, I was right there with you. Great photos you had me captivated.

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  16. It is like I'm over there in New Mexico, thanks to your description...
    Now I also understand better why you like rain. So different than rain over here ! At this moment, it is raining over here, and it compares in nothing to your description (sadly !!). Here, everything just misses colour when it rains...
    And what is that orange thing ?? It looks like a crossover between a spider and a scorpion ! Wouldn't want to see one of those in my garden, brrrrrr...

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  17. I love your description of the rain, Jennifer. We also enjoy the storms, the rain pattering down, and the relief of it after a hot summer day. Great post!

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  18. Wonderful evocative post Jennifer. I do love that weather is one of the few things we humans can't control and it keeps us in touch with the earth. In this high-tech world it's important to keep connected with the seasons. Thanks for writing about your rain. Sam x

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  19. Hey Jennifer,
    That third picture. It reminds me of the setting sun in St Ives. tI can cast the most beautifully peachy orange colour. I feel as if I can almost touch it, it's so tangible. A beautiful post, my friend. Even without the pictures I can see what you see and feel in my mind's eye.
    Leanne xx

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  20. What a beautiful snippet of your life to share and something i'm sure you'll enjoy looking back and remembering. x

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  21. Now that sounds like my kind of evening! I loved reading it. Wish I had been there. There's hardly anything I love more than rain.

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  22. Beautiful words and images. I love the idea that you can be outside enjoying the rain in your garden, sitting under a shelter on a warm summer's evening. Here, it's so chilly, I'd be inside under a blanket. x

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  23. Beautiful post Jennifer I could feel myself there with you. :) xx

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  24. Beautiful post Jennifer I could feel myself there with you. :) xx

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  25. Great post in words and photos.
    Enjoy your weekend

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  26. This is just beautiful. I love each and every detail, it felt as if I was actually there too :)

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  27. This is just beautiful. I love each and every detail, it felt as if I was actually there too :)

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  28. these days are ideal to sit outside, feeling the days are changing, the colours of the sky and even the rain falling...

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  29. these days are just perfect for spending time outside, feeling how each minute's magical, enjoying the different colours of the sky and the rain...

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  30. these days are perfect for enjoying the changes of the colours of the sky, and see the rain falling, maybe with a cup of tea in hands...

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  31. these days are perfect for enjoying the changes of the colours of the sky, and see the rain falling, maybe with a cup of tea in hands...

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  32. How very lovely! Have a wonderful weekend!

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