Nature’s Spectacle

Mother Nature is showing off tonight as she treats us to a very rare spectacle for our part of California: A large thunder and lightning storm. It was so unexpected that I was outside watering in the dark at about 9 PM (we do that to conserve water while trying to keep the remaining plants on our property alive after a four-year drought). Then moisture pierced the night from above. Gentle tickles at first. Then larger, more insistent taps. When I still didn’t take the hint. Mother Nature lost her patience and sent thunder and lightning to get my attention. She didn’t hold back either. Both barrels. It worked. I shut off the water and went inside.

I’m now sitting under the cover of an unenclosed patio typing away as the sound and light, and the gentle strum of the rain on on the roof above, rain remind me how wonderful it is to be alive.

With Love,

Russ

 

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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11 Responses to Nature’s Spectacle

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Nature always provides the best shows!!

  2. Mother nature can be a bitch at times but she can also be super beautiful

  3. Mustang.Koji says:

    You got…. rain???!!

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! Yes, but it didn’t last long. I was out watering in the dark using a headlamp again last night. It’s getting’ old I tells ya! I’m losing about a plant a week and we gave up on our lawns many weeks ago. Our dogs make big dust clouds when they play. When the rains come again (and if I’m still alive to see it!) we plan to landscape using far more indigenous and native California plants to our normally semi-arid valley. If ya can’t beat ’em…

      Russ

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