Harbinger

storm

Dark clouds incoming

Wind, rain are sure to follow

Illinois weather

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30 thoughts on “Harbinger

  1. Lovely, Debbie. And your haiku is particularly appropriate for us this morning, although I’d have to change the last line to “Texas’s weather.” I woke up to flash flood warnings just north of me: not good, since I have to travel today. With luck, the mess will stay north.

    Aren’t you supposed to be getting snow, instead of rain? Or is this typical? It seems a bit strange to me. I just hope it doesn’t turn into ice, as happened in Oklahoma and Kansas. In any event, stay warm and dry!

    • Here’s a wish for safe travels, Linda. I think I hate to drive in a rainstorm almost as much as I hate to drive in a snowstorm! People are unpredictable when the weather is good; they become positively crazy when the skies are threatening.

      We’ve actually had, for us, a “warm” January. Of course, warm is relative, isn’t it? I’m talking 40s daytime, which leaves us snow-less. We barely missed Jupiter’s ice storm, though a few days were hit-and-miss on the wintry mix portion.

      This photo was taken in late October, when I went to visit a friend. If you’ll look closely, you can see withered soybeans still in the fields, awaiting harvest.

    • Why, thank you, Monica. I’m glad the photo and haiku complemented one another. We’re had the strangest winter thus far — and I expect there’s plenty of “worse” to come!

  2. Debbie, both your words and photograph are sooooooooooooo beautiful! I especially love how you captured the rays of sunlight through the clouds.

    As you know, I adore grayish, rainy days, so I REALLY enjoyed this post!

    Have a great rest of your week, my friend!X
    X

    • Thanks ever so much, Ron! I was fascinated by the clouds and the sun breaking through, too.

      Truthfully, this has been a strange winter. We haven’t had much in the way of snow, though we’ve had a lot of gray, dreary days. And it’s been cold, but not brr-cold the way winter typically is here. I don’t know what’s going on! I imagine we’ll still be looking for Spring when June gets here.

      Glad you enjoyed my efforts. Have a fabulous rest of your week! xx

    • Thanks very much, FF. I “cheated,” I guess. This photo was sitting on my camera since late October, and I didn’t know what to do with it until the haiku came tumbling out!

  3. I’m not sure I told you this, but having lived in Illinois for over five years I thought I had seen all the weather there was. One memorial day I went out to the grill and put the steak on the nicely glowing coals. I covered the grill (Weber) and turned around to go back inside for something and the wind took the grill and blew it (coals, steak, and all) into the neighbor’s yard (Through their privacy fence). Big fire in the lawn. They called it a micro burst.

    • John, forgive me, but I had to laugh at your story. Everybody says, If you don’t like the weather, just hang around five minutes and it will change. Yes, but to what?!? Did your Weber survive the incident? Those things are pretty sturdy, but I don’t guess they’re tested for every possible occurence.

        • This reminds me of when Domer was little and helping his grandma grill out. They’d set a plate full of raw hamburgers on a low table and were cooking some steaks when somebody tipped over the plate. Dallas, always quick to beat the three-second rule, jumped on them and had a feast! John, I hope you and your neighbor remained on friendly terms after this incident!

  4. Now that’s my kind of poetry…short and sweet!

    Today in New York we have not only dark clouds but we’re getting a nor’easter!! Could be worse…like a blizzard. But then again we are suppose to get flooding and after suffering through hurricane Sandy this could be worse.

    To get my mind off the weather I could watch CNN and listen to stuff about our new president LOL!

    Great picture Deb!

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