Monday, July 29, 2013


I've been enjoying my work-cation. Much of the Manana list has been whittled down to a few things which will have to wait. But that's okay. We'll get there. I've also taken plenty of time to putter and relax. It's been a good month and I've needed guilt free time off.

We've had lots of rain and believe me I am not complaining after last summer's drought like conditions. Here it is at the end of July and everything is still lush and green. I still have lots of water in my ranch ponds instead of a dusty bottom with a 3 foot wide puddle of water. Granted, it is a puddle fed by a slow trickle spring, for which I'm very thankful as are many of the critters that drink there. But both ponds are full.

Thunderstorms or rainstorms have swung through almost daily. It's kinda cool when we have a heavy rain and then the sun comes out while the rain is still falling. We call them sun fluffies. Usually happens in the afternoon. The sun shines from the west and it's made for some bright and beautiful rainbows. We frequently get rainbows and quite a few double rainbows. 

You can click on anyone of the pictures to enlarge it.

The sun is shining from the west. The horses are under the community chat tree because it's still raining, although lightly. I love the texture and color contrast of the sky.

Looking in the opposite direction, with my back to the rainbows:

You can see the haze of falling rain. I loved seeing this. Lots of green and this angle of the sun just makes everything look beautiful and clean. It gives the feeling of peace.

This is the other side of the rainbow and part of my front side yard. Alas, no pots of gold were discovered. Damn those sneaky leprechauns.

A few other pretty things which made me smile from the past weeks. I found a gorgeous Lunar Moth in my Crape Myrtle tree. It was bigger than my hand.                                                      

There was another moth I found, one evening on my patio, that was a deep green with black crosshatch lines. I tried but the pictures just came out wrong. The light was off and I had the wrong camera to do it justice. But the Lunar was such a wonderful poser for me. I loved the play of sunlight and shadow. The markings were gorgeous.

I couldn't resist taking a shot of these sunshine yellow flowers with bees and other insects just sipping away at the flowers.

I have a very good sized shrub off my patio that is a favorite with my cats. It's as tall as my house and we work hard at keeping it trimmed.

At any given time you will find one or more either playing in the branches or snoozing. The only way you can really see them is coming up and under the boughs. Here is Mr. Bodie in the tree. He's looking down at Callie sitting below the tree. About two minutes after I shot these he decided to *drop* in on her, lol!

And so another day ends. The evening shadows crawl across the land and in the distance the fog rises in the fields. I again, didn't have the right camera with me to get a better shot but still, this give you a glimpse of it all. Now imagine the sounds of the night birds and Cicadas singing the sun down and away from the porch spotlights the lightning bugs are rising and twinkling.

For me, observing scenes like these puts things into perspective. Troubles don't seem as big. You can't help but soak in the beauty and the peace. I imagine this was one of the reasons such things were created. To touch our senses with beauty and contentment. I, for one, give thanks for that.

Life is good.


Anne Gallagher said...

Lovely post, Sia. Reminds me of when I used to live at the beach, when no matter what problem I had, I could solve it after walking the sand.

L.G. Smith said...

Beautiful pics. I love that Luna moth.

We've had rain the last two days, which for us is incredible, given our horrible drought. I actually got chilly yesterday and had to put on socks. :)

Karen Walker said...

It sure is beautiful at your home, Sia. What state are you in? We're getting much-needed rain in Albuquerque. And you are so right, it's hard to be troubled when nature is so beautiful.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anne--nature, if you stop and let your senses free, can always put you in the right mind to solve problems. It soothes the soul.

LG, we aren't actually in the drought area, but last year it visited us for about two months of NO rain. Grass crackled when you walked on it. Ugh.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Karen, it is beautiful. I love it. I live in Southern Missouri.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a cool moth.
Double rainbow - what does it mean?
We've had rain almost every day this summer. Definitely no drought here.

Jo said...

Really relaxing, glad you have most of your list cleared up and feel you had a good break. Loved your sunset very evocative I could really hear the cicadas.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Kitty pounce!

Those are beautiful photos, Sia. You really captured the essence of the rain storm.

Yolanda Renee said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing, I need to get my camera out too, before summer is gone and the land is all gray and white again!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex--Unfortunately, it doesn't mean double pots of gold. I think all the *gold* has been dispersed over the landscape. I do love that golden wash to the fields. No drought here either.

All this precip has produced a lot of chat in town about heavy snow this year. Could be.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo--I've enjoyed the break. I have a lot of guests the next two months plus I've been called back to work so it's a good thing I did rest up. It also gave me time to get my office back up to snuff.

Diane, thank you, I appreciate hearing that. My kitties are always pouncing and playing. They make you laugh.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yolanda--I have a couple of cameras, well, three digitals. The small pocket camera is really very good for most shots but the macros aren't as good and for sunset shots I really do need my other larger camera and the tripod--which is currently broken. It's a telescope styled tripod that I can attach to my belt when I walk. Which is handy. I haven't been taking as many pictures as I used to. I'm rusty.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I'll try to get around to everyones blogs. A friend's son got married this morning and there was a huge cookout reception most of the day so I haven't been around.

I'm wiped. Lot of fun though.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. it's a beautiful world you live in ... when it's green and lush.

Isn't that moth brilliant - superb photos of the Lunar Moth .. pity about the other one .. another day!

Love the cats playing .. and so pleased there's water for all the animals and insects ...

We have soft rain here now - for which I'm grateful, as it's skirted us by recently .. cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

Wow, what gorgeous photos. Love the rainbows. If only the pot of gold had been there!

So glad you've enjoyed your restful month. Your kitties are absolutely beautiful. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

That's an amazing moth! I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Love the photos, especially the one's of the moth, I've never seen one soooo big!
Suzanne @ Suzannes-Tribe