Posted by: venajensen | March 29, 2010

Blustery, Stormy Day on the River

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finally, after a stormy, blustery day so cold and wet that you would swear it was still winter, a break in the clouds appeared and the sky became a lighter shade of gray.  The storm took a short, mid-day break;  the spring foliage looked like dripping-wet, unwrung laundry hanging out to dry.  For a few minutes the sun illuminated the raindrops, birds emerged from their shelter and the wind died down.   An avian orchestra, led by the sparrows, sang a symphony of melodies rivaling any choir.  An hour or so later, the heavens spread a cloudy down comforter over its expanse; the horizon was no longer visible, and the rainy automatic drip commenced once again.  As the gloomy, wet weather descended, I noticed that the river’s water table was as high as I had seen it; the water swirled by with uncommon force and speed.  The river otters, who came out during the short dry period, disappeared, the bird’s chorus ceased; it seemed like the natural world was hunkering down, ready to wait out the bad weather. 

During the dark, showery afternoon, Michael and I watched “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron.  The movie was better than I feared; I often do not appreciate the simplistic racial and gender roles so often portrayed in these types of dramatic films.  The fact that the movie was based on the true story of a white family who opened their home to a homelesss African American youth was its saving grace.  In the end, I would have liked the film to have given the young man in the center of the drama more credit for his dedication, hard work and willingness to adjust to a new lifestyle. 

By the end of the day the river’s water table was as high as I had ever seen it.  The water swirled by with phenomenal force and mounting momentum.   This is definitely an evening to stay home, stoke the wood stove, and snuggle into the warmth and relaxation of home and family.   I hope everyone is as cozy and comfortable as I am tonight.



  1. beautiful pictures, what a lovely new blog 8o)

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