A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rainy Day and the May Snowstorm

The other day Rainy D sat in her office working, when she happened to glance out the window into a snow storm. Now, where Rainy D lives we don't get much snow action in the dead of winter, let alone in May, so she was intrigued.

Cottonwood 'Snow'
On the way out the door with her camera to shoot this oddness, she noticed the outdoor thermometer read 83 degrees, and the sun was shining. Of course, as soon as she stepped outside, and began sneezing, she realized it was not a blizzard of snow but of Cottonwood seeds.

With any form of luck, you will be able to see the white 'flakes' against the green trees. (Hint, they may look like snow balls.)

If you click here (http://www.treepicturesonline.com/cottonwood_tree_pictures.html ) about the middle of the photo array, you will see a clump of the seeds.

Yellow Rose of Kennewick
According to some old-timers in the area, Cottonwood and Locust are the only two trees native to where Rainy Day lives; all other trees have been imported. The Cottonwood is sacred to some Indian Tribes, and there are many stories that can be found by using your favorite search engine. Also many pictures of the trees. This site is about the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark's expedition), and may be of some interest. http://lewis-clark.org/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=1333

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