this past week we've had rain almost every afternoon...
which is a little unusual.
the towns along the coast get rain almost every day...
but not us.
even if rain is in the forecast...it doesn't always make an appearance.
we can be watching the weather scan...
and it shows big blotches of green all over us...
but...then...what happened? where did it go? did it just split and go around us?
did it evaporate before it hit the ground?
anyway...what i'm saying is that for us to have rain every day
is not the norm.
but i love it. i love the rain. i love a good thunderstorm.
earlier in the week...one evening...sam & i heard this loud tapping sound...
on the roof. we have a metal roof and a couple of skylights...
it sounded as if someone was throwing golf balls.
we looked at each other & instantly we knew.
with surprise and recognition...we said in unison
that was the first time I'D seen hail since i moved to
florida in '87. come to think of it, that was probably the first time
i'd seen hail since i left NY in '74.
well, a year or two after i moved to florida...when i lived farther south
in the tampa area...plant city actually (the strawberry capital!)...
i awoke one morning to this fluffy white stuff covering everything!
icicles hanging from the carport and trees!
i ran outside and started to make snow angels in the front yard.
no, i'm just kidding...there wasn't THAT much snow.
everything was frozen. even the water pipes.
but let me get back to the here and now.
i haven't had to drag the water hose around...for about a week now!
mother nature has been giving me a break.
with all this humidity & wetness...
everything is growing like crazy.
(purple passion flower with it's fruit just over it)
(inside a Day Lily)
the butterflies & dragonflies are flying around
with permanent smiles pasted on their tiny faces.
and if i'm happy. if the butterflies & the dragonflies are happy.
then the lizards are happy too!
(Anole proudly displaying his dewlap)
even the squirrels are elated because
they don't have to wait for me to fill their water bowls!
besides all the little yard critters...
one of my favorite things to spot...are mushrooms, lichen, fungus, moss!
each is so unique.
i've done a few posts on these wondrous plants...but i can never get enough!
i can't help but take pictures of all of them!
don't worry...i'm not going to upload them all.
and unless you know your mushrooms...i'd advise you not to taste any!
have you had enough? just a few more...
(taste tested...no, not by me...)
(pushing its way up through the ground...thanks to all the rain.)
that's it. OH yeah...
just a couple of stubborn leaves i saw on the ground...
that have just flat out refused to lose their bright Fall colors!
(fine by me.)
thanks for wandering through...and for NOT eating the mushrooms.
~have a safe journey & enjoy the ride~