Friday, September 30, 2016

Falling On My Head Like A New Emotion

We could see it coming ...
6:30am - here comes the rain again.
6:54am - falling on my head like a memory.
7:00am - falling on my head like a new emotion.
7:00am - Rain over Black Creek to our west.
Blue-grey tanager getting wet in the tamarind tree.
7:06 - sun shining down on the eastern horizon.
7:27am - rainbow beyond Black Creek.
7:28am - A flock of white ibises flies across the rainbow.
Tamarind flowers in the rain.
Young pods mixed in with the flowers.
The flowers are orchid-like in appearance, but they are legumes related to peas and beans - as you might guess based on the seedpods.
The series of photos above was taken in the space of an hour during which a quarter of an inch of rain fell.  The day is now bright, sunny, and fresh with a light breeze.


22 comments:

  1. Just very beautiful Somehow the rain, followed by the sun, makes everything so magical doesn't it?

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  2. The tanager is beautiful. Your photos are so great that I want to take off for Belize.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The blue-grey tanagers are lovely, but not very bright. This is one of a pair that lurk in the tamarind and make sneak attacks on the "enemy" in the window glass. They do it for hours! I do love to watch them when they are not in attack mode. Let me know when you are ready to come down. Cheers!

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  3. Well Wilma, I think that once again I'd like to thank dear Weaver for introducing me to your posts. What an amazing place you all are living in.

    The first photo of the approaching storm signaled some sort of danger to my eye, but then, as I scrolled through the following photographs, I saw the beauty that accompanied the rain's arrival. With Annie singing the perfect tune. (The only time I saw the Eurythmics perform was long ago at the old Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, on an evening when indeed the rain did come again with perfect timing.)

    The tamarind flowers are lovely, and I don't think I've ever before seen close up photographs of them. Thank you so much. I would like to get my sketch book out and try to use colored pencils to capture what you've shared here. Would that be all right with you?

    Visiting here is a treat! xo

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    1. This storm was just rain with very little wind, and no lightning, although it sure looked threatening out on the horizon. From previous experience, I know to look for rainbows to the west after an early morning storm, and I was not disappointed today.

      I never had the privilege of hearing Annie Lennox live. She is one of my favorite performers. I am envious of you that you saw her.

      Please grab your sketch book and pencils; I am delighted and flattered that the photos inspire you to do that. The tamarind flowers are delicate beauties. I would very much enjoy seeing the results of your efforts. Cheers.

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    2. Thank you so much, Wilma, for your reply. If I manage to get any sort of worthwhile drawings of the beautiful tamarind flowers I promise to take some photos to send to you.

      Hoping the current Atlantic hurricane will not cause you all any distress. xo

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    3. Looks like Matthew will make a sharp turn to the north in about 12 hours. That should keep us in the clear. Thanks.

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  4. So much atmosphere in such a short time Wilma and as I said before, it's warm rain followed by lovely warm sun. I remember when I holidayed in the Caribbean, having such rain storms and yet shortly after everything steaming and then soon dry. Here in the UK such rain would leave everywhere wet and chilly for days after.

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    1. The rain often comes and goes very quickly, leaving nice fresh air in its wake. Next month will bring longer lasting and less intense showers, sometimes for days on end. Still warm, though, and beautiful in its own right.

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  5. What a beautiful set of pictures. It is strange to see your dock almost sitting under water. Your little slice of paradise always has something going on.

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    1. Thanks, Nick. Never dull in these parts! We have had some very high tides, plus the far end of the dock seems to be settling more. We dismantled the the L after it took some damage in storms last year. Still trying to decide if and how to rebuild the dock. I have visions of a palapa at the end, but it sure needs to be higher than it is now. One thing is for sure - we will never run out of projects!

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  6. Hi Wilma, I love the rainbow shot with the ibises. Your tamarind tree is gorgeous. I wish we had one. I really miss having a tamarind pod now and then.

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    1. Hi Dave - thanks. We planted that tamarind about 7 or 8 years ago. We had to move it 3 times to find a spot where it would thrive. When we laid out the plans for the new cabana, we had to keep a section of veranda narrow to accommodate the now large and happy tamarind! It bears lots of pods now. We even manage to get to some of them before birds, raccoons, and possums make off with them. Nice and tart.

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  7. Rain (even an inch of it)and rainbows, are always a good reason to get emotional, to take pictures, to write, to make plans.
    Awsome pictures each one of them!

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  8. Fabulous pictures and the link to Eurythmics was just perfect!

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  9. i really loved the photos you shared .specially first is breathtaking .i dont have sea around here .i would love to look at these coming clouds .
    of course rain refreshes you emotions we rarely get rains so enjoy thoroughly when it rains here .
    your flower pics have an artistic touch

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    1. Thank you, Baili! Appreciate your kind comments. Cheers!

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  10. Nothing like a good downpour to freshen the air and add a bit of magic to plant photography.

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    1. Exactly, John! Clean and fresh and sparkling.

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