In Between the Raindrops

Wildflowers by the pond, July 2, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Wildflowers by the pond, July 2, 2014.

It was misting when I took the camera to the park on Sunday. I had noticed new wildflowers in bloom when I ran by earlier in the morning. I checked the weather forecast before leaving home. There was an hour and a half before the next storm was due. It has rained often during the last several weeks. The ground was soggy. I walked in a circle past the marsh and the pond. Luckily, I was only a few feet from the car when thunder announced the arrival of the rain.

On Wednesday, I went to the park to watch the sunrise before the run. The storm on Sunday had been brief one, but on Monday a series of storms came through. The rain total was 1.4 inches. The level of the pond had increased. Some of the flowers I had seen on Sunday were under the water.

Black-eyed Susan flowers near the marsh, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Black-eyed Susan flowers near the marsh, June 29, 2014.

Butterfly Weed flowers, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Butterfly Weed flowers, June 29, 2014.

Panicled Aster flowers, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Panicled Aster flowers, June 29, 2014.

Woodland Sunflower flowers, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Woodland Sunflower flowers, June 29, 2014.

Swamp Milkweed flowers, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Swamp Milkweed flowers, June 29, 2014.

Yellow Sweet Clover flowers, June 29, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Yellow Sweet Clover flowers, June 29, 2014.

The sunrise, July 2, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

The sunrise, July 2, 2014.

Swamp Smartweed flowers, July 2, 2014, "In Between the Raindrops."

Swamp Smartweed flowers, July 2, 2014.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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12 Responses to In Between the Raindrops

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    I love your eye for the beauty amid everyday life. The Swamp Milkweed flowers are incredible.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂

      Thank you for your kind thoughts 🙂 Very much appreciated! I think the Swamp Milkweed are really interesting. It is hard to decide what to call the color 🙂 The Swamp Milkweed and the Butterfly weed are both in the Milkweed family. I knew about the Milkweed seed pods. I remember them from when I was young – the long pod of seeds that look like they have a fluffy parachute attached. I didn’t until the other day when I was looking up the flowers associate the Milkweed pods with the flowers. The outer petals open and fold back and the center petals open and they have that really interesting center. It looks like something you would see in a fantasy story or the like 🙂

      I have been sitting here trying to figure out the names of the flowers I saw today. I am getting an education in flowers this spring and summer 🙂 I went to the Arboretum in the early hours this morning. The plan was to get to the bridge over the river at sunrise to take a picture there. I was late and missed the sunrise, but I did figure out that I can park my car in the short drive before the bridge and get the car out again. Early in the morning on a holiday (or weekend) there isn’t that much traffic so re-entering the highway wasn’t hard. I took some picture this morning even though the sun was up to get an idea of what they would look like. The river is very high at this point. I wish I would have stopped at that spot early in the spring when the river was low and you could see the bottom and the flood plane. At some point, I will probably go back at sunrise. I also noticed another place along the highway to the Arboretum that I think would make a good sunrise picture. For most of the highway, there isn’t an easy place to park the car, but for this spot there is. I might back out tomorrow or Sunday weather permitting. There is a chance of more rain, but who knows about that. Forecasts change rapidly around here. I am also contemplating whether to go over to the Railway museum to see about the steam locomotive tomorrow. It all depends on the weather. Right now, it is beautiful outside and I have the windows open and the fan on to get some fresh air in. I hope you are enjoying your holiday and the day off from work 🙂

      • Shady_Grady says:

        I recently planted this in my front yard garden.
        http://www.finegardening.com/black-scallop-bugleweed-ajuga%C2%A0reptans-black-scallop
        It adds a little color. It so far has survived. It looks like it’s starting to flower a bit. It’s a little late for that but I’m happy to see it. We got the rain that I guess you had a few days ago.

        • Sarah says:

          Hi Shady 🙂

          It looks like it will have pretty flowers and the leaves are very interesting. I hope it thrives and none of the local animals decide it would make a nice snack. Very good to hear you are adding flowers to your home 🙂

          Hopefully, the rain means the apple trees are doing well this year 🙂 It has been hard to keep track of the weather here. This morning, it was beautiful. I was up early early again and spent about an hour at the Arboretum around sunrise. The little blue flowers on the bugleweed remind me of the flowers on a catmint plant I was trying (unsuccessfully) to photograph. I have lots of pretty flower photos from this weekend. I am planning at least two post this week. One was meant for today, but it might not be until tomorrow.

          • Shady_Grady says:

            No new posts. 😦
            You must be super busy….

            • Sarah says:

              Hi Shady 🙂

              A big smile for you!!! Thank you for the encouragement 🙂

              Well. I had a slight change of plans this week. I had an idea…. which lead to another idea… which…. And on Tuesday, I noticed that they were predicting rain for the weekend, but that it was supposed to be really nice yesterday and today. It has been. I was up early and out taking pictures both yesterday morning and this morning. I am currently working on a post from this morning’s pictures that will show up tomorrow. I promise 🙂 If it isn’t raining on Saturday afternoon, I might visit the Railway Museum to see the steam engine. I think it could be one of those weekends, though, where it is one storm after another.

  2. Debra says:

    I love all these shots but my favourite is the aster. They look like they have their noses pressed up against the lens. =)

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Debra,
      Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. 🙂 I think the little asters are cheery flowers. They grow everywhere around here in any place they possibly can. Usually, there are dozens of them grouped together and they wave about in the wind as if to say hello. The ones in the photo do look as if they are saying “Me first!” 🙂

  3. alpuntogar says:

    Dear Sarah, so glad to see that you are still posting beautiful pictures! I have not been blogging for ages. Long story short: my knee has gone from bad to worse and physician’a advice has not helped. I am on summer vacation with the family at the moment in my native Spain. How are you doing? Quite strange that you are a stranger in a different continent, but still it feels like we are acquainted 🙂 I will write a post about some of the wonderful sights here in the north of Spain. Best regards, Ana

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Ana 🙂

      I am very happy you stopped by to say hi and let me know how you are doing!! I have been wondering. I bought some cherries at the grocery store the other day and they reminded me of a photo you had on your blog about a dessert. I don’t know if there were cherries in your dessert, but for some reason my mind made the connection 🙂 I was thinking about leaving a comment on your blog to ask how you were doing. It seems you read my mind 🙂

      I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation in spite of the trouble with your knee. I don’t know very much about knees. My sister had some success with physical therapy and lots of ice, but they still bother her. I hope you find your way to a solution soon! I fell down when I was running a few of weeks ago and hurt my arm, but it has been slowly getting better. It is interesting that it has taken a lot longer to heal than any of the sprained ankles I have had. And apparently, I use my hands and arms a lot during the day. It was quite a challenge for the first week to figure out how to do things with one arm and one hand. It has made me very appreciative of how well my body normally works. I started running again the Sunday before this last one. Now, that the weather is nice it is hard to keep myself indoors. I am like a little girl who doesn’t want to go to bed in case she misses something when the weather is nice 🙂

      I hope you decide to post some pictures from your vacation. I would love to see what it looks like in the north of Spain.
      Take care.
      Sarah

      • alpuntogar says:

        Dear Sarah, thanks for your kind reply. I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to write back. I hope your arm is better now, and that you are enjoying the summer to the fullest. Sadly my knee is still poorly but I will see the specialist at the end of July. I try not to despair, but I am in rather bad shape, so this is not my best moment physically speaking 😉 The family and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation though, a post is on the way. I hope I manage to post it soon. Take care! Best regards, Ana

        • Sarah says:

          Hi Ana 🙂
          I am looking forward to reading your vacation post! I have the windows open and the fan on to bring in the nice fresh air this evening. It is relatively cool this week. It makes for delightful running weather. I switched back to running in the morning a couple of months ago so the summer heat isn’t a problem. I like being up early and I love watching the sun rise. This morning, I went a different way on a path away from the street and passed some pretty gardens. My arm is thankfully much better although I still can’t put my full weight on it so I haven’t been able to do some of the running stretches. I can, though, manage all the day to day tasks which is a good thing 🙂 I hope you have some progress on your knee soon! I will be sending you healing thoughts 🙂 Do you like to swim? I think that is what I would try if I couldn’t run.
          Take care.
          Sarah

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