Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Yesterday was one of those delicious, characteristically stormy spring days in western Washington. Morning dawned on a drizzly, dripping world washed clean by overnight rain showers. In the early afternoon, the steely gray sky broke into fluffy cottonball clumps that left plenty of space in between for sunshine to peek through and illuminate the glistening world below. The combination of bright sunlight shining on vibrant new spring leaves in hues of mustard yellow and tangerine against a stormy dark purple sky was a marvelous sight to behold, so I grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos.

The brightly colored leaves dripping with rain were positively dazzling when the sun shone on them, and their cheerfulness appeared at odds with the dark, boiling storm clouds in the background.

Later in the afternoon, those formerly cottony clouds coalesced into a flat, leaden ceiling. Raindrops tick-ticked sharply against the skylight above my desk, gradually increasing in frequency and volume to a singular loud hiss. The wind whipped up as thunder grumbled and brilliant lightning crackled through the atmosphere. Yes... springtime has undeniably arrived in the Pacific Northwest.


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