Monday, September 5, 2011

First Rain September 2011

Last year (2010), almost to the day, it fell on September 6th - but far more substantially. This year Sicily's first real rain since late June fell tonight just around 11. Here it's shown as a drop of water on a plane tree (sycamore) leaf.

Bizarre as it may seem, this is always a quasi-mystical experience, even if it lasts for just a few minutes. Not only does the rain literally clear the air, it foreshadows a change of seasons. Of course, it'll be unbearably hot for another two or three weeks. I only wish we'd had a real shower...

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