Friday, May 8, 2009

Rain, Rain, Glorious Rain

A thundershower rolled over our area right after daybreak this morning bringing another 1 and 1/4 inches of rain. As it moved on and the sun came out everything was so bright and washed clean. One of my happiest spring rituals is measuring rainfall. I like to know how much is actually falling on my garden....not satisified with knowing how much falls at the airport across town! I measure except when the temperatures fall below freezing....have broken so many gauges...can't find one that is unbreakable. We have had 7 and 1/2 inches of rain since the first day of this month.....every drop is a true blessing that cannot be duplicated by any man-made means. Every living thing just seems to dance with joy and thanksgiving to the Creator after a spring rain.

The lake behind our house, which is spring-fed, and never goes very low...even in dry weather, is filled to the brim after all our wonderful rainfall. This photo was taken this morning a few feet down below the spillway where the excess water runs off....what a beautiful sight! This is the first year in recent years for this much runoff. It used to always be this way 20 or so years ago. Our weather does occur in cycles. I hope this current cycle lasts for awhile.

When we open our bedroom window at night we can hear the happy gurgling sound of rushing water.....what a joy to fall asleep to the sound of that music and be wakened at dawn by the singing of a multitude of birds!