Musings

Water themed day

Muddy gravel road

Can a morning be murkier? Rain. Mud. Looked like the sky wouldn’t clear for a week.

Cart in puddle

So we set off to assuage our need for some activity, and pfft, by just after noon: sunshine. We found flooded rivers and huge puddles down along the Lake Michigan shore. It took more than our latest rains for these floods! Decorative carts in Nahma were all in puddles—four of them! Nahma must have a year-around population of something like 300, so that’s an outsize effort.

Turkeys on road

Came across this small gang/rafter of turkeys…two hens on each side of the tom. The ladies split two to each ditch. He went with the ladies on the right. We motored slowly past and assume they reunited.

Yellow fish road

Eventually, we stopped at the Thompson fish hatchery. It was after the buildings were locked, but we could walk around, following the yellow fish road.

Degassing column

I don’t remember this machinery. They pump fresh water from a super deep well, then swap out trapped nitrogen for oxygen (they oxygenate the water). However the water smells of rotten eggs as it has a high sulfur content.

Waste pond algae

The one open water pool was the waste pond downhill from the hatchery. All the nutrients from the fish and excess food is removed here, before the water flows back into the wild. Big sheets and islands of algae.

Waste pond fish

Even a few “no fishing” fish. Speckled trout?

Wait five minutes

Blushing cauliflower

Blushing cauliflower.

Squash blossom

Giant zucchini blossom.

Rain last night. Heavy overcast and surprisingly warm all day, but not raining. Rain has returned ushering in an early dusk.

Please stand by

Textile blue

Probably should have used this yesterday with my discussion about textiles. Only this is with cotton or something mimicking cotton.

Almost COLD this morning. Almost autumnal. Yay!

Haven’t heard a prediction on this, but I’m assuming we’ll get some rain here in Big-A-town from the spinning bands generated by the coming storm…Monday? Tuesday?

Happy plants

Someones driveway marker

It’s rather like the rainy season arrived today. Rain in the wee hours, then periodically during light-time. I got out early and it was cool (for here, for now, for lately), but geeze the air was full of wateriness.

MEANWHILE, we watch that tropical storm down in the Caribbean and see what spaghetti-thread it follows….

Real reality

Hawaiian shirt trees

Real made-in-Hawaii Hawaiian shirt….

That’s what you get for vegetation today, as it was too hot to go out for a walk.

At 6:15 am: 78°F and nudging up. Up, eventually, to 100 round number degrees, with a heat index of 1-oh-big-niner. Yikes. A record for the year, heck the high since summer 2016.

Natural pair

Rain on rental pool

We now know that periodic short sprinkles or perhaps “real” rain is typical. Multiple times a day.

Rainbow over diamond head

This was our second rainbow of the morning. At 7:45am. There’s another sprinkle right now, maybe the third? so far…. Cycle of weather-life.

White lavender(!!)

Flower deep

Somekinda deep flower unknown to me. Or, frankly, forgotten. It happens.

Lavender white

Now this, don’t think I’ve seen white lavender before, but that is what this is. And the bees know it’s collection time.

Rain wind storm

We got blasted by two vigorous storm cells. Rain. Wind. Mildly scary for a Sunday afternoon when we didn’t have any idea we’d riled up the weather gods.

Odds, ends

Redbud leaves droplets

Little bit of precipitation last night…wowzer, these (redbud) leaves look mid- to late-summer.

Tumbling bus

I don’t think this means the bus tumbles. I hope.

Containers curbside

We missed Summerfest in the neighborhood this weekend. Not sure what these are but my guess is they were to catch wastewater (like from sinks in food trucks).

Home basil pesto

First big basil harvest here in the ATL. Also have Thai basil for some Thai curry—wonderful eats this week!

Rain just started

Hydrangea

Neighbor hydrangea. Just opening.

Redbud leaves

Redbud leaves. Full term.

Tired good n evil statue

This good-and-evil statue replica looks like a tired farmworker. Not a party animal. Or an after-party attendee.

Rainy, gloomy; improving?

Melting snowbank

The astronomical report on the radio indicated that the sun would be up today for 14 hours and 14 minutes…not here! It rained last night and through mid-afternoon enough to fill the rain barrel. I assume the rain melted this snowbank, but it looks quite similar to when we arrived.

Earthworm

This guy is not an editorial comment on William Barr. [Fingers crossed.]

Beachless beach

This particular rainstorm lacked the storminess, almost no wind, or not during this part of the afternoon when the rain slacked off. Note how quiet the lake is. And how high the water (I know I’ve mentioned this already).