Sunday, September 4, 2011

Summer Rain

We had rain today, a gentle-falling rain, the kind where you can use an umbrella without fear of it being turned inside out.
If you listened carefully you could hear the trees and flowers, heaving a big sigh of relief, their roots and foliage drinking in every last drop of moisture.
The temperatures fell, and for the first time in several weeks we enjoyed a tolerable 81degrees.
Oh, how I love days such as this.

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


DJan said...

I am so glad you are getting some relief from the heat, and a gentle rain can't be beat. We get plenty of that here... :-)

Country Gal said...

Glad it rained. Thats what it is doing right now a gentle rain , the crickets are singing and the air has cooled I to can hear the flowers and trees sighing with relief ! Lovely post and photo .Have a wonderful Sunday.

DeniseinVA said...

I love being out and hearing that gentle rain, the poem you chose says it all. Love this post, love all your posts Jo. Have a great week ahead, with more gentle rain for the thirsting flowers :)

Unknown said...

beautiful flower with throat wide open in thirst for rain. Your commentary is great and the poem is stupendious.
We need that kind of slow soaking rain. Sooothing.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Perfect thoughts for a perfect rain shower! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Victoria said...

I'm glad you got a gentle rain. All the trees, vegetation, and animals of the forest I live in are longing for a day like that; we've not had rain for months.

Great photo of that gorgeous flower!

Sharon said...

We had the gentle rain and Jack didn't notice, it was after it really started pounding on the metal roof, that he went to his hiding place.

Love the rain, it does feel great, not to be in that heat!

Betsy Brock said...

We had it, too! Who would have thought that after the soggy spring we had, that we would be wanting rain by September!

Terry said...

We have cooled down in a big way - 42 degrees last night.

YONKS said...

You have made this little rain shower sound so idyllic. I bet the smell was wonderful too :-)

Louise said...

Beautiful, beautiful rain. I'm glad that you finally got some.

MadSnapper said...

we always step into the back yard after a rain and watch the flowers, trees, bushes as they reach for the sky and sigh with relief and they look like they are shouting hallelujah

L. D. said...

Beautiful morning glory shot.

Sharon Rose said...

I love that beautiful flower.

I love that you could listen and hear the flowers, roots and trees breathing in the sigh of relief since the rain began to fall.