Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Oh what a beautiful morning . . . "

Last night, we fell asleep to the sound of a lovely rain, monotonously drumming on the tin roof. 

Look closely - see steam curling off the left trunk?

When we awoke, the rainy weather had moved on, leaving 1.4" of water in the gauge and a lovely morning.  It was that sort of morning when colors are vivid, water drops are sparkling everywhere, and the air smells clean.

As I looked out the window (the beauty distracted me from my book and coffee!), I noticed steam curling off the trunk of a tree. That did it. I grabbed the camera and headed out in my robe, slippers and curlers. (I didn't really have curlers in, but it makes a great visual, doesn't it?)

Here's how it looked on the hill this morning. Enjoy!

Seedlings by the

This fellow stopped by
while I was out taking photos.

Beautiful green yarrow, . . . 

. . . wet shiny stones . . . 

 . . . and rusty hues of prairie flame-leaf sumac.
The full effect - fall color central Texas style!


  1. How exciting to see those little seedlings! And a butterfly! What a treat! Great to see some green, too. The rain has been wonderful this fall. We can only hope it will continue. Merry Christmas!

  2. yeah. sounds so…. peaceful. of course, i was asleep when she saw all this.

  3. Of course you didn't have curlers in your hair - It's beautifully curly, naturally! Our evaporating mist looks like smoke rolling off of the roof. Sometimes I have to do a double-take to make sure the house isn't on fire.

  4. We had fog here, then the sun broke out and it was a beautiful day.
    Don't you love all the life, that this rain has brought us? It's wonderful!

    Have a Merry Christmas.
    Stay warm...

  5. @HG - I know! We've seen very few butterflies this year.

    @Anon - The early bird catches the worm. That's all I'm sayin'.

    @Jeri-I love that effect! Thanks for commenting!

    @Linda - It's astonishing how weather varies over a few miles, isn't it? I am so loving the rain!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  6. I get a thrill each time I see the little seedlings! So amazing to see December looking so much more vibrant than July!

    Happy Boxing Day!

  7. Rain changes everything. We actually have quite a bit of it right now. I am looking to do a swap for a little snow... Great images.