Monday, June 29, 2015
It has been a time of rains, tremendous rains. Three inches in one day! Floods along some low parts of highways and roads, but no flooding of homes...even tornado warnings in areas close to the Bay, but no touch downs...no scores, thank goodness.
After these rich drops of water, filled with injected nitrogen via the lightning, arrive the chemistry has made the green jungle stretch and grow and overshadow all. As I drive down various roads it almost seems as if the branches of the trees are long arms with claws reaching across the road to grab me up. Heavy pulsing greens are everywhere. If you pause you CAN hear the woods breathing. You CAN see them growing.
My flowers are tall and full of blooms, the raspberries are abundant if a bit waterlogged lacking their usual sugars, the vegetables continue to grow with each sunny day that follows.
The birds hang tight to their power washed houses and it appears they are surviving as they have chosen their locations well. Even my osprey family is doing well with two new young birds eating them out of house and home.
There are blossom petals everywhere: beneath the pomegranate tree, below the long spines of the hostas, and on the bushes beneath the last of the blooming clematis as each pale purple petal falls.
It has been a strange and rich summer thus far. Each rain brings a small window of moderate temperatures, but I know these will be followed just a day later by the sauna...that is free.