Rain, at Last

You may remember this same photo from the last post, except that the ocean and distant hills were visible in it. Today, it is totally blocked out by the huge mass of clouds that have moved in, bringing long-hoped-for rain to our parched plants.001

Below, you can barely see the streaks of rain between the bottom leaves of the hazelnut tree and the top of the last beans on the garden fencing. My garden is slurping up the rain faster than it can come down, and it’s coming down pretty hard. The grass is brown and in much of the yard it is broken off and areas of bare dirt are growing at an alarming rate. This rain will help repair that damage. The grass always comes back.


See the streaks of rain as it dumps out of the sky? It almost looks like the hazelnut tree is crying, but if it is, those are tears of joy.


I’m thrilled that it rained so much. The plants and our low water table need it desperately. The salmon, waiting at the mouths of dry creeks and rivers that are merely a trickle, will soon be happy  to shoot upstream to lay eggs and spawn.

We’re thankful for the rain. Now, I wonder how long it will take before we start complaining about that rain that just won’t let up.

20 thoughts on “Rain, at Last

  1. Marsha Nelson

    What a storm, almost forgot what puddles look like. The ferns in the woods are lifting off of the forest floor. Cheers
    for the streams and rivers and our wells.

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  2. shoreacres

    There’s nothing better than the relief of rain after a dry spell — or a frank drought. I’m so glad you’ve had some. Now that the pump’s been prmed, so to speak, maybe it can keep producing for you on a more regular basis.

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  3. reocochran

    Thank goodness and Mother Nature for yhe rain. Were you tempted to run around like we did as children and show gratitude with a little jig or dance, Anneli?
    I am so glad you mentioned the salmon since I had been wondering how the drought had been effecting the fish. Enjoy snd hope it starts a regular pattern yo keep every plant hydrated. Some with deep roots may be okay but I worry about smaller plants with not much root system and hope you didn’t lose any valuable plants, Anneli! Doing my happy dance here in your area’s honor. 🙂

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  4. Lori

    The pacific northwest is known for rain, but has it been a long time since it rained there? That does look like a good hard rain. The replenishing, nurturing and the rhythmic sound is all so soothing.

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