Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rain with white pine

Rain, a good soaker, moved across the mountain yesterday. With a nearly 6 in. precipitation deficit, the rain is welcome. Although I like sunshine as much as the next person, a rainy cycle with a day or so of sun in between the next rain is what this area needs for a few weeks.

The problem with rain is that it’s rare to get the kind of rain you really need. You might get too much or too little. It might fall in a torrent and all run off. Too much or too little and the crops are ruined, the berries burst or shrivel. It’s amazing anything ever turns out right, though somehow it usually does.

This rain so far is doing okay. I say so far because it’s still raining and the result could still go the other way. But for now it’s a decent rain, a tad on the heavy side but it could be worse. The rain is bringing out the silliness in the local birds. A flower pot base left outside becomes an impromptu bird bath that tempts titmice and cardinals alike. They flap and roll and splash and seem to be having a wonderful time. I know from long experience that if I go out and buy an actual birdbath, the birds will ignore it all summer.


The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

I really like that shot of the rain on the white pine's needles—and the soft, blue-green lighting. Nice.

Our rain appears to be over, though more is still predicted for later today, tonight, and tomorrow. But we've not had enough to get the river up or even discolored. So that's good. Just wish it would warm and maybe pop the morels.

Nope, you'd just be wasting your money on a birdbath—especially if they could find a makeshift alternative handy.

Carolyn H said...

Griz: The rain is momentarily over here too, but more is called for later today. It was an odd rain. I had a little over an inch but just off the mountain people had flooding and 4+ inches. in the other direction about 7-8 miles away they had less than half an inch.

Carolyn H.