Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rain Effects

We got rain!  Despite having to drive through rain-flooded streets yesterday, I enjoyed the first rainstorm to reach us courtesy of the weather phenomenon known as El Niño.  According to the little weather station attached to our roof, we got just 0.61 inches of rain here but other areas got more and the mountains got snow.  There's been some flooding but no monumental problems as yet, at least that I've heard about.  Much of the rainwater I'd drawn from my collection tanks for use in irrigating my garden over the past few weeks was replenished.  And more rain is expected today!  It's enough to make me giddy.

I've seen a few photos of rain-splashed windows posted by other garden bloggers.  I know that those who've been deluged by rain are very tired of it but, to me, those pictures are beautiful.  Now I have one of my own.

I offer this shot of the backyard, taken from my office window, as this week's contribution to Anna's Wednesday Vignette meme at Flutter & Hum


People often comment about our view when they see photos of the backyard garden.  I normally pay relatively little attention to it but I admit it's great backdrop to watch sunrises, sunsets, fireworks and, sometimes, weather changes.  Late yesterday afternoon there was a break in the rain and I watched the clouds move swiftly across the sky, changing the view of the Los Angeles harbor as they moved.

View of the harbor with the Vincent Thomas Bridge showing on the lower right

A patch of sunlight peaking through the clouds above Angel's Gate, the entrance to the harbor


As sunset grew near, the sun broke through the clouds and bathed the back garden in glowing yellow light.

A light rain began even as the garden was bathed in sunlight (photo taken from our living room window)


The sunset was remarkable.  I took a couple dozen photos but will share just a few.

Clouds over the harbor (southeast view)


This dramatic but somewhat obscured view features clouds on the southwest side of the house


This morning began with sun but that's disappeared and we've had some light rain already.  The slow start is appreciated as it'll give the parched soil an opportunity to absorb the moisture before we get anything heavier (I hope!).


All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

30 comments:

  1. What wonderful news! Here's hoping the rains are gentle but steady and you all get a good soaking without runoff issues or slides. At least 2016 is getting off to a water bringing start...

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    1. We're definitely starting slow, Deb. Today's total is just 0.40 inches so our 2-day total, at this location anyway, is just barely over 1 inch.

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    1. I was starting to believe the rain predictions were pure myth...

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  3. Rain is beautiful, I remember our two year drought and how excited I was to see rain begin to fall again.

    Beautiful sunset too.

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    1. People here used to grumble about rain but now everyone is grateful.

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  4. Yay for the rain!
    And the snow is good news for later too.

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    1. Restoring the snow pack is essential to ending the drought here but we've been told that there's little chance of that happening this year.

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  5. Beautiful sunset pic Kris! So far we seem to be having an actual normal winter rain-wise up here-but still will need that 25 to 35 inch total to make it an average season.

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    1. I can't make a definitive statement about where we are relative to our normal winter rain down here, Kathy, but my impression is that we're still below average in total.

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  6. Water on the windows looks great, doesn't it :D Your sunset shots are gorgeous, and I'm sure your plants are much happier!

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    1. Everything has gotten a good soak, Amy. You can almost see the plants breathe a sigh of relief.

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  7. Wonderful photos all around, and I can truly feel the relief in your words. I'm rejoicing with you from our still somewhat frozen world up here. And, I'm glad you're not seeing torrential rains, but the more manageable kind the earth has time to absorb. Here's to many more days of it! :)

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    1. We're not getting heavy downpours but some areas have. We got a lightning strike very near by last night, though - our land line phone service is still out.

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  8. I'm so happy to see this! Even better that it's coming on slow, although I did read earlier of some issues up in Ventura. Hope you have many more rainy windows in your future!

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    1. Ventura County does seem to have been hit harder, particularly the area around Solimar Beach that was affected by fire on Christmas Day. It's lucky that you're not traveling the 101 freeway now, Loree.

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  9. Hurray! So pleased for you. Feel free to publish as many rain splashed windows as you like! And the plants look so refreshed after their soaking.

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    1. It's a tremendous relief to get some real rain at last, Jessica!

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  10. A wet window! Love it. As well as the beautiful sunsets. Did your big rain tank fill? Hope so.

    I woke up last night to the sound of pouring rain--heaven.

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    1. ALL my tanks are full, Hoover Boo, despite the fact that I'd been drawing heavily on them to irrigate my garden for the last few weeks. We woke up last night to lightning and thunder, which I could have sworn was right over our heads - it was close in any case and our land-line phone service is still out.

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  11. I love that we have rain, although it doesn't seem to be as much as they'd been predicting. And the snow level has been staying so high... But still! Its great that all your tanks are full. Hopefully I'll get to take my own 'wet window' picture when I get home!

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    1. I have 475 gallons of water collected but, at times like this, I wish I had a huge underground cistern so I could store water for use throughout the year. I'm feeling greedy...

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  12. Wow, I would never get tired of that view. As you said, it's particularly nice when watching weather phenomena.

    We had about 2 inches since Sunday but always slow and steady. Still, I'm ready for a break so things can dry off. My succulents don't like to be too wet for too long.

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    1. Debra Baldwin's latest newsletter indicates that succulents do best in areas with less than 20 inches of rain annually. I don't know what your totals are up in Davis but our average is significantly lower than that. Based on the current season to date total (2.69 inches), I'm not sure we have much to worry about even in this El Nino year. That said, my Furcraea looks terrible, although I suspect that has more to do with transplanting and possibly the cold than the rain.

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  13. As your photos prove, the sky has been just spectacular the past few days. We had a sunburst over the garden yesterday accompanied by light rain falling like glitter. The new garden/flagstone path looks amazing.

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    1. Did rain always have such a magical effect, or are we just seeing it through different glasses?

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    1. That sunset was wonderful, although I just about froze getting the photos.

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  15. Hooray! I love it when soCal gets rain!! :o) I'm sure your plants are thrilled.

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    1. Most of my plants look relieved but I swear there are some that have gone into shock!

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