Some years, we don't get much rain. Remember? Leaves curl prematurely


Some years, we don’t get much rain. Remember? Leaves curl prematurely under summer sun, wheels spin clouds of dust, and creeks and rivers grow lazy, gliding around rocks with barely a splash. Earth crunches underfoot. All we can talk about is the wish for rain. A dry autumn brings anxiety, a dry winter brings paranoia over even a spark of static electricity, a dry spring spells certain doom for our food supply, and a dry summer saps the life force within, until we want to curl in our husks until rain comes again. Not this year, though. 2018 began damp and ends saturated, with notable stretches of rain in between. All is well hydrated along the Blue Wall; water falling off the escarpment to the piedmont is constant, and at times, thunderous. Shrubbery is lush, rhododendrons bloom right into winter months. Fungus thrives. Thank you, 2018, for the gift of rain, nearing eleven feet as of Sunday, December 30th. I have loved every inch.  ~K





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