Rain and Fog

In a 24 hour period we received 3 1/2 inches of rain yesterday.  Needless to say – I sank in the mud a few times as I ventured around the yard; capturing raindrops on flowers and objects.  The fog has been terrible for 2 days – which always happens when it rains in our area.  Mother Nature thinks it is Spring in this area, because every fruit tree is in bloom.

This bloom is from our peach tree.  Love the pink color that is covered in rain drops.

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The following is from our plum trees and we have many plum trees (too many).

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The rain seemed to be coming down so fast and heavy – no one wanted to go outside.

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The following is a bloom from the pear tree that stands near the back of our 3 acre yard.

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The blackberry vines are putting on leaves.

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We have small streams at the front and back of our property and they were moving swiftly and making a lot of noise.

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I will leave you with one more pretty peach blossom and a photo of apple blossoms .I took the photo of the apple blossoms last Spring.

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Paracelsus

What is Paracelsus you say.  He was an Alchemist  who practiced alchemy.  Alchemy is: The discovery of a universal cure for disease and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.  Paracelsus was a medical chemical scientist, physician, and speculative philosopher. He was born in Sweden and lived from 1493 to 1541.  He died at the age of 48, so I know he did not find a way to prolong life.  But he did write the following quote.

“The art of healing comes from Nature and not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from Nature with an  open mind.”

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This little Female Wren came along and began singing to her boyfriend, who appeared in less than a minute.

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Poem of Spring

A Prayer In Spring . . .  by Robert Frost

  • OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
  • And give us not to think so far away
  • As the uncertain harvest; keep us here.
  • All simply in the springing of the year.
  • Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
  • Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
  • And make us happy in the happy bees,
  • The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
  • And make us happy in the darting bird
  • That suddenly above the bees is heard.
  • The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
  • And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
  • For this is love and nothing else is love,
  • To which it is reserved for God above
  • To sanctify to what far ends He will,
  • But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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A Soldier’s Prayer

I was reading a book on prayer, “Prayer The Voice Of Faith”, written by a preacher (Charles B. Hodge, Jr.).  He enclosed a prayer by an Unknown Confederate Soldier. This prayer was found on the body of this soldier after he was killed near the end of the Civil War (in the battle of Devil’s Den near Gettysburg).  Through trials and tribulations most of us turn to God in  prayer for help and comfort.

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I ask God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey . . .

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things . . .

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise . . .

I ask for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God . . .

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things . . .

I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

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Snow Moon

I began to see this “Snow Moon” rise last night. It peeked at me from behind bare tree branches.  The weatherman said, it was called a snow moon and that the North side of this moon would be slightly shadowed by the earth at 6:45 p.m.(the last photo shows this slight eclipse).

Out the door I ran. camera in hand and snapped photos for 45 minutes.  It was quiet, peaceful, and to me (the over-zealous photographer) I was like a kid in a candy store. I do hope your enjoy my attempts to capture this wonderful full moon.

I could not pull my husband away from his nightly news.  Ah – some folks never see the masterpieces God paints in the sky or the wonders of nature.

Below is the small eclipse of the moon’s north side which the weatherman mentioned.

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Confusing Weather

This is a confusing world.  I saw hundreds of Geese flying North yesterday.  They were extremely high in the air, which meant they were in the middle of a long flight.  I wondered if they were as confused with the weather as all of us humans are.  You see these geese are heading North at least 6 weeks earlier than normal.  Despite our weather, the sun rises and the sun sets.  So, I decided to include some photos of colorful skies.

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When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad.  For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.  iliketoquote.com

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Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.  Unknown Author

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Thunder & Lightning

The storms that roared through our area at 4:00 a.m. were the perfect time for me to capture lightning bolts.  Not an easy task and one I have tried to accomplish for years.  These may not be the best lightning bolts you have seen – but to me, they are fantastic.  I stood at the window for over an hour (no, I was not venturing outside). Most of the time with lightning bolts you are too slow to capture much.  It was pitch dark, but often the yard was bathed in light; as if it was a bright sunny day.  My first captures of lightning – I patted myself on the back.  I call these free hand, the hard way to capture lightning.

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