Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Air Finally Cleared

 For more than a month we had smoky skies and unhealthy air. We had to keep the windows closed all the time and not go for our usual walks. We did get out there a few times in the early morning, but nothing like our daily routines at all. It was not easy. Really, it was spooky to add unhealthy air to our psyches already overwhelmed with Covid and the Mad Man. But then a wonderful thing happened. It rained. It really rained. We had .75 inches of rain (1.905 cm) on Saturday. Sunday morning was clear and beautiful. We actually had a sunrise. 


The weather inspired me to go out and photograph the flowers still blooming in our front yard, as we get ready for fall to really arrive.
Nasturtium

Alstromeria

Dahlia

Yellow Rose

Cosmos


 And then the sunrise on Tuesday was another beauty. If you look carefully you can see the tiny crescent moon. Earlier Venus sparkled like a gem. 

Ah clear air. We so love it. The temps are going to rise and winds pick up again. The news is saying more bad air will be coming. For now we are grateful for this respite.

32 comments:

  1. Oh, YAY!!! Your flowers are so, so beautiful. Sigh. We're well on our way to fall, after the worst drought that I can remember. Yesterday, we had our first soaking rain in months. The wildflowers were brutalized by the drought. So it is a blessing to see your gorgeous blossoms. You've cheered up a soul on the other side of the continent.
    I hope the skies above you aren't as bad as they have been (we got your smoke, quite visibly, over us in New England for a short while in New England). May you soon be able to walk and breathe safely on your favored routes.

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    1. CCorax-- Oh wow, I didn't know you had drought conditions there. Such crazy climate times these days. Really glad you liked these flower pics. The yard is still beautiful even with all the bad air. We're hoping for good weather and air from coast to coast.

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  2. So much that I took for granted before 2020.

    Having so much taken away temporarily or permanently is bringing me gratitude in great measure for respite and for what remains in abundance.

    Thank you for sharing the beauty of October 2020 flowers and the October 2020 early morning sky clear enough to see the crescent moon and Venus.

    May we all be able to breathe freely.

    As I wrote those words, I remembered these words that are associated with the Statue of Liberty:

    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

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    1. am-- Oh yes, the yearning to breathe free. I never thought I'd experience so much bad air day after day, week after week. It's been wild. Hope all is well for you.

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  3. Wonderful to have clean and clear air...and your lovely flowers. Enjoy stars at night again, if you choose to look for them. Dark of moon will be growing full by Halloween. Breathe deep and enjoy outdoors again.

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    1. Barbara-- I was out early this morning before sunrise photographing the beautiful crescent moon and Venus. Our skies are full of such richness.

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  4. It's quite a shock when the air clears as then you realize how bad it was.

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    1. Red-- That's so true. I had forgotten how blue the sky could be on a clear day.

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  5. What gorgeous photos! I am glad you finally got some clean air. How that day must have lifted your spirits! Hope you can enjoy many more days like it!

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    1. Ellen-- Thank you so much for your kind words. We're enjoying another clear sky day here and truly grateful for it.

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  6. I'm happy you got some rain. I like all the photos, but I LOVE the Nasturtium!

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    1. Colette-- We were so happy to have rain. Yes, I LOVE the nasturtium too.

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  7. pretty flowers. nasturtiums bloom in the spring here. so glad you got some clean air! now, get the mad man out and restore the clean air and water restrictions.

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    1. ellen-- The nasturtiums are blooming like crazy right now. I voted yesterday and did what I could to get that mad man out.

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  8. Nothing like being deprived of the simplest thing like the freedom to move about and clean air to make their return a reason to celebrate. So glad you got a state but sorry that the bad air will return. The flowers survived nicely, you can too.

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    1. Patti-- It really was quite an awakening to not have clean air and not see a blue sky for so long. We and the flowers are so grateful for this now.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It really is such a relief. We can breathe!!!

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  10. Happy to hear you have some clear skies. The flowers are such a prize.

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    1. Sharon-- Clear skies and clean air make all the difference.

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  11. Rain and sunshine - what else do we really need? It certainly works for flowers.

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  12. Oh Robin you have such beautiful flowers.

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  13. Your flowers are beautiful! That nasturtium is an interesting color - ours are much more orange. Thank goodness for clear air!

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    1. Steve-- We have so many different colors of nasturtium here. I should probably photograph all of them. Yes to clear air!

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  14. Such vibrant beauty and lightness in this post! Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. 37paddington-- In these times we have to share the beauty in every way.

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  15. So glad that you have clean air, once again, but sad to read that it may only be temporary. The flowers are lovely to see in your garden and beautiful skies too. Enjoy both as long as you can.

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    1. Beatrice-- The air is still clear here, and it's been more than a week! We are so happy. Glad you liked the flowers and skies.

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  16. Clean air is wonderful! I’m so glad it finally arrived. I can certainly understand how dismal it could be.

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    1. oldwhitelady-- Our air has stayed clear and we are so grateful for that. Big winds expected this weekend in the bay area, definitely fire watch weather.

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