October 3rd

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

It was a warm one today!

Almost 70 degrees, and really humid; the news keeps saying that we’re going to have a forty degree swing between today and tomorrow.

You all know what that means: Storms.

Luckily for us, we didn’t get much rain. However, while there wasn’t much rain, the wind was insane.

After dinner I was standing at the sink washing dishes and I looked out the window to this. I ran for my camera and only got a handful of shots as the clouds were moving so rapidly, the rays only came through for few seconds.

August 27th

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Today was a day of weird weather.

Overcast, but steamy.

Sun starts to peak through.

Back to overcast.

Large storm system moves through with massive winds and heavy rain.

Then blue skies and sunshine as the sun begins to set.

I guess when I write it out, it doesn’t seem so weird, but trust me – it felt weird all day.

Anyway, when the storm came through, I put my camera on my tripod and set it up for a longer exposure time so I could get the movement of the trees as the wind moved through them. It was really blowing for a while.

Luckily, no hail – that’s the last thing our pumpkins need!

August 3rd

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

We were sitting on the front porch at a friend’s house this evening when this massive shelf cloud ominously rolled in overhead.

Sitting facing the east with the house and 20 acres of woods behind us, we had no idea it was coming until it went dark and the cloud crested the sight lines of the porch roof. This is looking northeast, but the cloud wrapped all the way around us. I love a good storm, especially dramatic ones, so this was a treat for me.

June 17th

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

We made it home just before the skies opened up this afternoon.

A half inch of rain in twenty minutes – it was pouring!

As the rain was coming down, I watched this Great Blue Heron hunker down in the field, seemingly totally out of place there. It’s amazing how waterfowl know when to exit the water; geese pull off the lakes, herons walk off the shores, ducks flee to solid ground.

It’s like they sense the severe storms coming in, and understand that the water is dangerous if struck by lightning.

Instinct is an incredible thing.

April 30th

Monday, April 30th, 2018

When I rolled over at 6am this morning, and peeked out the window, I could not believe my eyes.

The texture of the clouds was incredible.

Now, I’m rarely out of bed at 6am, but this morning I bounded out of bed.

After photographing them, I settled down in our sun room with my bible, specifically to read the book of Ephesians. Paul and I have been trying out a new church, and their current sermon series is on “7 Words to Change Your Life.” Last week’s message/word was “Thanks,” and at the end of the message, the pastor suggested reading Ephesians for more context and guidance in being thankful (specifically to God). I’ve always loved Paul’s letters, but I hadn’t read Ephesians before. One of my favorite passages was this one:

“I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you may understand the wonderful future he has promised to those He called.”
Ephesians 1:16-18

The first verse is the ringer for me: I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly

I don’t know about you, but I can do a better job of this. The thankfulness lives in my heart daily, I see it and recognize it, but do I stop and tell God? Stop and thank Him? No, not everyday. I need to step it up; the day is never to busy, too full, to thank God.

My other motivation to the quiet time with my bible this morning was Paul. My husband Paul, not Apostle Paul, haha. The sermon yesterday was on “Help,” and it really resonated with us both. I was on the verge of tears the entire sermon, and when we walked out, I knew it would be a deep conversation starter for us.

The sermon focused not only on asking for help, but knowing when and how to give help. This resonated with Paul and me very differently, but still profoundly. On our way home, I expressed to Paul first, how thankful I was that we weren’t in need of any great help. We’re both healthy people, no loss of spouse or children, no job loss, we have a house to live in, food to eat. The only real help I’ve needed recently was help through the loss of Burke. But through that pain, God really showed me the quality of friendships I have. The incredibly special, selfless, caring friends and family that gave their time, their words, their prayers, their love when I really did need it the most. They gave me help, even when I didn’t ask for it, they just stepped up and were there.

Overwhelming in a good, beautiful way.

And then God brought me a friend who had been a key part of my healing with Burke, who ended up going through the loss of their pet, exactly one week after I lost Burke (the exact same appointment time and everything – exactly one week to the minute), and I was able to reflect that love and support back on them. God gave me that opportunity to give help after a wave of receiving help.

This all can’t just be coincidence people. I mean, really.

So after I shared my reflection on the sermon, Paul said he really resonated with the closing verses, 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

He felt inspired to dig into the Word more; he wanted to start reading his bible when he woke up in the morning, so he could pick a verses to focus on for the day.

Our cat, Finn, is always on the bed with us when we wake up in the morning; I open my eyes to him staring quietly at me, and the moment our eyes meet, he starts to rumble-purr, the sign of ultimate contentment and excitement from him. Paul said he felt like Finn was a great analogy for God; He sits on a edge of the bed, expectantly, waiting for you to wake up so together you can explore the day He made for you. For us to recognize that, and to not blow right past Him, but to stop and talk with Him.

When I was photographing the sunrise this morning, that’s all I could think about. I imagined myself sharing those awesome colors and textures with a God that enjoys our delight, and it was a wonderful way to start the day.

If you are interested in listening, here are links to the Thanks sermon, and the Help sermon.

April 27th

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Ohhhh yeah, and so it begins!

Storm cloud season.

The first rain of the spring, and not only was it beautiful, but it smelled so good! So fresh; the earth awakening from it’s slumber.

We got this one huge cloud with one large downpour, and then the sun continued to shine. This image shows how starkly different the weather was from one moment to the next.

The other super fun thing about this system? There was a small cloud that followed the large one, but the rain wasn’t reaching the ground:


As Paul is reading over my shoulder, he says that phenomenon is called “Virga.”

Super neat!

Welcome. spring! I sure am happy to see you.

June 28th

Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Rainy skies all day today turned to blue skies for the evening.

Two inches of rain today! We needed the rain, as when we tilled the pumpkin field earlier this week, the soil turned to silt. So the rain was welcomed.

The fun thing about the rain today? I didn’t realize when I took this image that our house was on the very edge of heavy rain. While we had two inches of rain in our rain gauge, my parents, who are less than a quarter mile away, only had one inch in their gauge.

May 17th

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The first severe weather of the season came through today.

If you know me or follow this blog, you know that I love clouds, particularly storm clouds. We have had rain all week, and I’ve been waiting for those gorgeous clouds, but hadn’t seen any. Just gloomy overcast. So, of course, the one time I didn’t have my camera the clouds were magnificent. Luckily I had my phone, but it was still frustrating. Oh well!

In other unrelated exciting news, I dropped off work at the Maple Grove Art Center this afternoon! I currently have six large pieces hanging; four metal prints in the front entrance, and two canvas spinners in the main workspace. I also have a few desk calendars for sale, along with about 15-20 greeting cards. Beginning at the end of May, I will also be participating in their “Business of Art” program. This program connects local artists with local businesses to provide art for their spaces. At this point, I am unsure where my work will hang, but as soon as I know I will let you all know.

To say I’m excited may be an understatement. 🙂

April 18th

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

I love a good storm.

More accurately I love storm clouds. The colors, textures, layers, size – as unique as a fingerprint. This morning’s clouds did not disappoint!

In regards to yesterday’s post, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I heard a peck at our window this morning and there stood a turkey! Right there, bold as brass on my front porch. And of course my camera wasn’t handy. Didn’t I say they were too smart?