Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First Rain

Wind kicked up Saturday just after deer had come out into the field,
and then the rain started, softly at first, then gaining momentum.
The deer stood in the open, absorbing every drop, 
until the sky exploded with light and sound, and water came down in hard stripes, 
sending them into the cover of the woods. 

When the storm abated, a fawn ventured out with its mother,
wonder-struck at the fireworks and the water still falling from the sky,
the cool fresh air and the smell of wet earth.

And then it ran; 
it ran for the joy of being alive and being young and fast
and feeling soft wet ground underfoot for the first time in its short life.
It ran like lightning,
flashing by the field in broad circles.

The others watched and remembered,
and then a doe and a young buck joined the romp,
all three chasing the wind, fueled by the rain.

It was over in a few minutes.

Sunday morning was quiet;
moisture hung low over the hills, swelled the pond, straightened bent flowers
and ended the drought.

God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;

He does great things beyond our understanding.

He says to... the rain shower, "Be a mighty downpour".

So that everyone He has made may know His work,

He stops all people from their labor.

  The animals take cover...

Job 37:5-8

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pens and needles said...

What a blessing the rain was, and what a blessing to witness the romp -- I wanted to romp, too!

Jodi said...

I am always refreshed when I visit here. Love the velvety antlers.

heyBJK said...

Congrats on the rain, brief though it may have been! Love the deer in the rain and that last photo is gorgeous!

Sandra said...

I love the way you set the scene and describe the coming of the rain and that little fawn's sheer joy of feeling these new sensations and seeming to adore them as "the others
watched and remembered". Lovely!

Cathy said...

How exciting and beautiful that day must have been! The verse at the bottom is a wonderful fit for this post. Thanks : )

Lisa Gordon said...

Such precious creatures these are.
I am glad you got some rain, Connie.
We are still waiting for it here. :-(
I hope you've had a wonderful day!

Lui said...

Connie, how wonderful for the rains to come and cool the place! We are having rains too!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful post Connie - in word and photos! Wonderful refreshing rain.

Barb said...

Incredible shots - all of them! that last one is breathtaking.

Gillian Olson said...

What beautiful captures, and the accompanying commetary fits perfectly.

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
It's raining many times at this moment. But you've made great shots of it. Funny to see the deers running away for it. Your last shot has a great sky, wonderful!!

Greetings, Marco

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, beautiful face of the nature. I am greeting

S. Etole said...

Hoping we get some rain here soon. That's such a beautiful view with the fog.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I can feel every minute
of this dazzle....what a
beautiful story!
And that brave little fawn!
THANKS for sharing
the magic:)

Sharon K said...

So love the Scripture you have pointed us to with your post. We experienced the first rain here in the desert last night. It brought the temp down to 100 degrees so we are very grateful. Haven't felt like doing much of anything in the heat.
Thank you for the beautiful photos.

Danielle said...

What a wonderful post for these photos.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous! Visiting from Camera Critters.

Pomeranian Chelsea
Have a great weekend.

Carol said...

Wonderful shots of the deer and the lovely rain.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the deer and the rain. I love the cute spotted fawns. Thanks for sharing, have a happy Sunday!

Terri Buster said...

Nice shots of the deer, and glad you got some much needed rain!

Anonymous said...

Wow, love those shots, the rain is SO pouring down in that one shot..the gorgeous hills... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #39!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful shot of the fawn running. And the last photo looks like a lovely painting.
Visiting from Camera Critters.

Em S said...

How amazing to see all that! Great shots!