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*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

Life Giving

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Despite the recent trend of precipitation missing us as waves of disjointed showers and thunderstorms have been flowing over our region, yesterday evening we finally received rain, but in the form of a dramatic gully washer. It poured as if from a pitcher, and then stopped as quick as if the pitcher had returned to upright. Just as I was beginning to consider a trip outside to tend to the horses, the downpour resumed in full gusto.

The sound of such heavy bursts of rain is dramatic enough on its own, but we also had a few booms of thunder which served to amp up the excitement. On top of that, Delilah felt the need to run to and fro, barking her 2-cents worth toward the storm. My decision to remain calm and collected despite it all made no visible impact on her confidence over our relative safety in the moment.

After the third or fourth wave of heavy rain, we received a sign that I could venture outside. The setting sun popped out from behind clouds, creating an irresistible invitation to go outside, even though some residual rain at our location was still dripping from the clouds overhead.

I chose to override my better judgement and wandered around with Delilah tethered closely to me as the lightning and thunder on the backside of this storm continued overhead, preventing Delilah from reaching anything close to calm and secure during this particular walk.

DSCN3432eThe air had the fresh smell of recent lightning strikes and the copious amount of water that fell in a surprisingly short amount of time was now rushing through our drainage swale. I felt a sense of appreciation for the much-needed moisture that was providing a life-giving treat to all our growing things.

The giant double rainbow that was filling the sky to the east served as an exclamation point to the whole sensational event. From where I stood, it shone down on the horses clustered close together in the paddock to ride out the storm.

I took Delilah into the paddock with me to open a gate that allowed the horses into the back pasture for the night, then headed back toward the house to check the rain gauge.

We had received 1.75 inches of rain in about 45-minutes time. I hope more of it soaked in than flowed away in the runoff. It just might have been a case where we got too much of a good thing.











Written by johnwhays

May 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. We got that storm here too, unfortunately we got no rainbow even though the sun did come out as it continued to rain, also we got quarter-sized hail!


    May 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    • It seems a bit unfair to not get a rainbow when the sun appears. Maybe you got hail instead! That’s some BIG hail, too!


      May 10, 2015 at 7:38 pm

  2. It is an unexplainable fact how blessed one feels under a rainbow – just so stunningly magnificent to be there, isn’t it?

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 9, 2015 at 2:52 am

    • It thrills me to have a particularly favorable vantage point for the phenomena here. At our previous home, we didn’t have but a fraction of the view we do here. A rainbow is a precious way to follow a storm, that’s for sure!


      May 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

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