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Promises, Promises

February 28, 2015


Last night they began to move in: Clouds of every description. Sometimes dark, as if overloaded with all the dampness of the sky … other times so light and puffed they epitomized the word “flighty”. I checked through the night for the downpour the clouds promised, but there was no shine on the sidewalks, no glisten on the plants in the Rancho’s front yard. Disappointed, I returned to bed; I was certain the next time I would check there would surely be rain. Still: Nothing. And by morning there was much too much light streaming into the bedroom for rain … looking out the window there was a breeze — and still more clouds — but no rain.

It’s early afternoon now and although I’ve been monitoring them through the day the clouds have stingily held on to their watery bounty. I thought that by taking photos of the clouds they  might be goaded into raining on my one man parade, but no … instead I got glances from people in passing cars, looking up to see what I might be shooting of interest. I could almost see the thought in their faces: “But it’s only clouds.”


So here are my clouds today … I love them all equally, whether feathery, quilted, leaden, monstrous, gray, grey, white, blue, steel gray, cool grey, battleship, spotty, streaky, solid, loose or frighteningly massive. I must confess, however, that I will love them much more once they decide conditions are perfect and they water my garden again. A blessing bestowed, and a relief from duty for another week or two . . .


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Late afternoon: I try not to take note of the fact that the clouds that earlier held so much promise seem to be bowing out. I go for my afternoon walk, studiously avoiding what’s happening overhead. Maybe still . . .


Dusk: A solitary — mocking? — puff of gauzy cloudiness is lit by the sun’s final rays. I can no longer delude myself into believing that we will have rain today. Tomorrow perhaps? Heaven knows.


There was rain, finally, overnight … Yes!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2015 2:08 pm

    I wish I could sent you some of our rain, we have too much of it ! But your garden looks great though !!!!

  2. Guida permalink
    March 1, 2015 5:46 pm

    Glorious clouds…..I enjoyed them in Santa Ana too……we saw nary a drop of rain but when we came out of our neighbors house last night at 10:30pm…..we saw some shine on the street…..hoping for some water from above today…………..maybe you’ll get some too….it’s darkening up here…

  3. March 1, 2015 10:43 pm

    Beautiful images of the sky and the Rancho — you have an artist’s eye for clouds, Reuben. Every cactus seems to be pushing out blooms or new growth. We all love the rain!

  4. Faye Carter permalink
    March 2, 2015 12:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful clouds and all of your wonderful landscaping. Love seeing your amazing home! Great pics! The rain clouds certainly came to Murrieta last night. Much needed.

    • March 2, 2015 2:01 am

      We got some too! … I plan to just sit back and not water for at least a week … woo-hoo!

  5. March 2, 2015 1:21 am

    Reuben, I know exactly what you mean! At least you got something, eventually. We were teased for days and got…zilch (Davis, CA). I broke down today and started watering my potted succulents.

    • March 2, 2015 2:02 am

      Aw … my heart goes out to you there in Davis. Sending you good thoughts and rainy vibes! 😉

  6. March 2, 2015 2:11 pm

    I love the rain for many reasons, but NOT having to water my plants, puts it up there in the top 3. Beautiful cloud photos BTW… the blue sky against the white clouds is amazing.

    • March 2, 2015 5:01 pm

      Every time I went outside there was another amazing cloud display … it was awesome! See you Friday! 😉

  7. Vickie Perez permalink
    March 3, 2015 5:25 am

    Aren’t clouds great? I can watch them for hours. I started drawing them when I was a youngster. My Mom used lay with us and we’d pick out cloud animals or whatever else we could find. Whatever rain they might give us is a definite bonus. Love the pics!

    • March 3, 2015 5:36 am

      I do love clouds, too … when I was a kid we lived next to an open field and I used to love to sit on a rock pile in the middle of it and cover my feet with the warm dirt and just look up at the clouds … Wonderful way to stimulate the imagination, as your Mom must’ve known Vickie. You should come by soon and see the dredge cups, they’ve recovered and are looking great! Thanks! 😉

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