Birds in the Sky and Weeds in the Yard

Yesterday’s sky made me dizzy. High cirrus clouds drifted eastward while fair-weather cumulus clouds surfed brisk lower currents. Vultures and seagulls spiraled on afternoon thermals, swooping low over the house before soaring out of sight too rapidly for my lens to focus.

Vulture Dec 10

Gull Dec 10

Underfoot, chickweed and henbit sprouted through mulch and rotting leaves, spreading beneath the pear tree and creeping into the iris beds.

Chickweed Dec 10

Henbit Dec 10

The sky made me dizzy, but every time I knelt to photograph a weed, quarreling gulls called me back to my feet. Then weeds lured me back to my knees. I spent a distracted hour switching the camera in and out of macro mode, kneeling and standing and kneeling again. It was almost a relief when the batteries died…

Cold Front

As I wandered the yard with my camera, a cool breeze fell out of these clouds. A short time later, the breeze whipped into indecisive gusts, some lashing north to south, others tumbling west to east.

I lingered as long as I dared, but retreated when lightning began to flicker from cloud to cloud, rolling thunder into the scene.

I wonder where dragonflies go, during such weather? Maybe they stay on their perches, letting the rain wash their wings…

Clouds on the Horizon

This morning started with anxiety, and the day has continued with anxiety. It’s a nebulous, eerie sensation of “something wrong” that has absolutely no basis in observable fact. Except, there are these clouds…

Cloudy Skies for the 2012 Transit of Venus

After a few days of intermittent rain, the sky has thickened into an impenetrable gloom. Just in time for the transit of Venus. 😦 Fortunately, NASA has scheduled a webcast.

And there’s no doubt the sun will return in time. It always does.