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,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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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…


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