Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hike Before Thunderstorm
A cloudy front came through from the north with force. My dog Molly and I got out and instead of heading for the woods we went to a hill overlooking the sky to the north.
The strong wind blew from the north for about 5 minutes then calmed down.
We had hiked up through uncut grass about knee high. Molly walked through it with her head held high.
Here are a couple of photos showing the storm approaching.
After the wind died down we inspected a row of trees along a gully. We then hiked back up a hill towards this hackberry tree. The tree provided shelter to jot down some notes. Soon after I got to the tree the thunder claps started to roll one after the another.
Wind through the trees and grass makes a soothing background sound to thunder in the sky. At this point an occasional raindrop hits me. Then the wind picks up again with a little more rain. The sky is starting to get darker. As I look to the east I can see a break in the clouds along the horizon but all above shows storms.
We headed back to the car as the rain started to fall faster. We went over to a row of trees that sheltered us from the north wind and rain as we walked. Finally at the bottom of the hill we were in a deluge. Se we ran up a steep embankment to the car.
The hike was exhilarating.
"Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters."