Monday, December 22, 2014

The Past Few Days

We have gotten a ton of rain. The month of December has been an incredibly soggy mess. The backyard is squishy when we walk out there to look at the newly potted chard plants. The rains keep coming. I check the rain gauge out in the yard whenever the rain lets up to see the incredible numbers. It may not be drought ending yet, but we're on our way.  So there hasn't been much in the way of photographic opportunities. There's hardly been a chance to get out for a decent walk. We really need to improve our rain gear. It's been so long since we've needed anything like that, we simply don't have the stuff to keep us dry. We know we need to go to the store and SHOP. (Oh yeah, like that's going to happen!)
I did check on The Cloud Appreciation Society website the other morning and found this photo that I had sent to them in early November. What a delight it was to see it there and to find that it had been added to their "Our Favorites" list. It certainly put a bit of sunlight into an otherwise bleak day.
There was a slight break in the gray skies on Friday when this appeared on the eastern horizon, a Kelvin Helmoltz formation above a cloud that looks so much like a breaking wave.
And, we did see this fantastic example of Asperatus Undulatus just before the skies darkened even deeper and the rains didn't let up for two days.

We just celebrated the winter solstice. We're looking forward to more light. We know it returns slowly, but just knowing that the sun is heading back our way is enough for now. Here is a photo we sent to friends and posted on Facebook. We share it with you here and wish you all a Happy Winter Solstice.


  1. Get a couple of good umbrellas. And water proof shoes. We go out walking in every kind of weather up here, and our bumbershoots are essential.
    Happy holidays!

  2. Think our day was down to about eighth hours of light, I just know I go to work in the dark and come home in it at the moment.

  3. Happy Solstice dear friends!

  4. isabelita-- Thank you for the good advice. Yes, we definitely need water-proof shoes. We'll do the dreaded shopping after the holidays. Happy holidays!

    Bill-- I checked the latitude of London the other day and was so surprised to see how far north England is. Wow. We spent four years at 48 degrees north, and I thought those days were way too short. So, soon the days will get longer!

    MandT-- Happy Solstice to you!

  5. Congrats on getting your photo selected. That has to feel really good. Too bad your weather has been so feast and famine'ish.What happened to moderation?

  6. Arkansas Patti-- The weather has been wild! We've gotten 18 inches of rain since September. That's five inches more than the average rainfall for our area. We would love moderation!

  7. Kudos for your published photograph! I also love the winter solstice and used to check the Weather Channel to see how many seconds more light we were getting each day. It's raining all over the Southeast for Christmas. At least it is a moderate rain.

  8. NCmountainwoman-- Thank you for those kudos! Yes to the return of the sun. We're at 40 degrees latitude here, so it gets dark pretty early and stays dark until 7:00-ish. We'll be happy to have more sun and more light.