|Gull at sunset|
So the pics are perhaps a might blurry, perhaps not as sharp as they could be, but I think they convey an impression of what I was looking at, upon a Friday eve.
|Bumble bee and humming bird attractors.|
Back before the day we lost my favorite blogger, I often reveled in the thoughts and musings of the man. He was erudite, witty and very observant of the human condition. I remember his Friday Night Musings, I've often wanted to use that title. Somehow it seemed presumptuous of me to do so. Then I realized, what finer tribute? After all, Oscar Wilde is alleged to have said, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." While that may be true, it is what is intended. So, off we go.
|New England, sunset, mid-July|
A storm passed through here a couple of days ago, rain came down in buckets, the flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder was constant. When I was a child I had a horrid fascination with such storms, they scared me and thrilled me all at the same time.
In Vermont we lived on the side of a hill overlooking the Black River valley (a tributary of the Connecticut) and in the summer we would often get very violent thunder storms. We would be awakened by the thunder and all head downstairs to the living room. From there we would watch the lightning flicker and flash across the hills and listen to the crash and boom of the thunder.
We would count the seconds from the flash of the lightning until the thunder came. We enjoyed figuring how far away that last strike was. Well, until the flash and the boom were nearly simultaneous. Then we kids would scurry for cover.
Under the coffee table was a favored spot.
|Flowers at dusk|
Just after high school, a good friend of mine's Dad bought a farm out in the boondocks (so to speak, some would argue that where we lived was already the boondocks!) The place was awesome, fields, a pond and the forest right along the boundaries of the property. It wasn't a big place but I remember it fondly.
We'd camp by the pond and drink beer around the campfire at night. During the day we usually had our rifled muskets with us and we'd do a little black powder shooting. Felt like Civil War days, only without the disease, the dying, suffering and hardship. We were young, what the Hell did we know?
Point of the story is that one day we were a few fields over from our campsite and didn't start back until nearly nightfall. As we walked along the tree line, out in the distance we could see the lightning flickering out beyond the hills.
It was night, it was calm and we seemed to be the only living beings left on Earth. We could hear the thunder, after a minute of trudging along, one of our party just stopped and said, "I don't know about you guys but I'm going to sit a spell and watch the show."
We all did. It is one of my fondest memories. Good friends, good times.
|The beauty of the sky at dusk|
Years later when assigned to Colorado, we had occasion to drive from Fort Collins in Colorado up to Cheyenne, Wyoming (and back of course). At night, looking out over the Plains to the east we would often see the flicker of distant lightning, almost surreal with no accompanying thunder.
The kids would go from squabbling and fussing to oohs and aahs as they watched Nature in action. One night we pulled over beside the road and just watched for a few minutes.
The wind would ebb and sigh, rustling the grass while in the distance we could hear the faint muttering of the thunder. I could almost imagine what it must have been like out on those Plains 150 years ago.
|The lights come on as the sunlight gradually fades|
After I retired from the Air Force, we lived with my parents for a couple of months. It really gave me the opportunity to reconnect with my parents. My grandmother, she of apple pie fame, lived in the same neighborhood so we got to see her a lot as well. My children had the opportunity to get to know her before she passed away. Something I hope they cherish.
One evening we heard the rumble of thunder in the distance. Out we went to sit on the front deck and watch the age-old show. I got to watch the lightning with my parents again, little did I know that it would be the last time I shared that with my Dad.
Grab the good times while you can.
|The view to the southwest as the light fades|
I guess there's no real point to this post, other than for me to share my home and my memories with you. Yesterday's post was unusual for me, I'm not much into ranting. But my inner pessimist came to visit and I had to entertain the grumpy old bastid, at least for the day.
Tossed him out on Friday. Too pretty a day to grouse about current affairs.
But the more I think on it, the evildoers who would destroy our way of life better be careful. I will fight for this land and for my fellow Americans.
I know I'm not alone.
Ignore us at your peril.
Enjoy your weekend, may God shower His Blessings upon you.
May He watch o'er us all in these perilous times.