Posted by: pilgrm34 | September 17, 2011

surprising rain

September 15, 2011

Unexpected sprinkles at the Columbia Slough evolve into a downpour, but subside with approaching twilight when indistinct gray clouds take on banded variations of delicate cyan. The earth smells humid and freshened after long, parched weeks. In the center of a large holding pond across the dike from the Slough, two ducks alight and lightly splash water upward onto their backs. They seem joyful even as I ruefully reflect on my soggy feet and sandals. I try to remember a quote from John Ruskin: “there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” Even dusk and rain have their own beauty.

holding pond with duck

bridge over Slough

Columbia Slough: late summer dusk


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