Oh No, Don’t Let The Rain Come Down

Each time we get inches of rain in Arkansas, I think of that old song – “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down” – My roofs got a hole in it and I might drown.    Here are some pictures of our rain this week.

Spider webs glisten like diamonds from the recent rains.

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The leaves on the blackberry vines were covered with rain drops.

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I took this picture out the kitchen window as the rain ran off the roof of the house.

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Early Morning Clouds

I was up before daylight about a week ago.  As I opened the shades, I saw this unusual and beautiful cloud formation.  I snapped many pictures, but thought this one was the most gorgeous array of clouds I had seen in awhile.IMG_9447

As the sky lightened, I snapped the photo below.

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The following photo is the view on the North side of my house.  The white object in the center of the picture, by the cedar tree, is the roof of my house.  Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live.

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Spring in February?

Cannot believe that Mother Nature thinks it is time for Spring here in Arkansas.  January through March is normally winter in this area.  Here is my cotton tree and some photos of plants, insects, and birds acting like they know more than the rest of us do.

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Both of our Maple trees are in full bloom.  I am sure winter will zap them in the future.

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This is my burning bush that is just about in full bloom right now.

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And the Robins seem to be back and act like they intend to stay around for awhile.

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What A Beautiful World

If your soul gets a little frazzled by what others do to upset you, go out and see this beautiful world God created.  Each time I sit in the lawn swing and watch the birds in flight, the squirrels and rabbits running here and there, nature enfolds me in it’s comforting embrace.

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Looking at the pond on the North side of my house is relaxing.  This wild rose and its reflection in the water is beautiful.

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I took this picture in late April of this honeysuckle that uses our fence as its trellis.  It is sending out its flower buds.  The pictures below show this honeysuckle when it began to bloom in early May.  The fragrance of honeysuckle is overwhelming.  You do not have to plant honeysuckle in Arkansas wild honeysuckle grows everywhere.

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Fun in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Just got back from a few days of enjoyment in Hot Springs, with my daughter.  Hot Springs, Arkansas has a population of about 36,000 people, and is a tourist attraction for people from all over the world.  Of course it is famous for its Bath Houses, where you bask in warm water from the numerous springs in the area.  This post is for my blogger friend Mandy Moran, who is a great poet and a very nice person.

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This is the Buckstaff Bath house on the main street in town, there are several bath houses on the street and they call it – “Bath House Row.”  I love the blue awnings on this building.

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Hot Springs is nestled in a hilly, wooded area of Arkansas near Lake Ouachita.  It is a tremendously beautiful area of Arkansas.  I would love to live in the area, but it is very prone to tornado activity, more so than the area of Arkansas where I live.

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Hot Springs has many old Victorian mansions throughout the town with their big rounded front porches. Many of these mansions are 100-200 years old.  The hand carved woodwork in these homes is some of the finest in the world.

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This is the big Arlington Hotel in the center of town.  There are some wonderful architectural features in this hotel that are well worth a venture inside to take pictures.

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Another of the older homes in Hot Springs.  Most of these homes have full basements. They often used the basements as storm cellars when a tornado warning was issued for their area of the state.

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There are many nice creeks and streams in the hills around Hot Springs. RV camp areas are nestled in the hills, around the city,for those that prefer to commune with nature.

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If you journey out into the hills around Hot Springs, you can see some wonderful views. The dogwood trees and wild flowers were in bloom in April, all through the woods. Curved roads, with a canopy of trees engulfing them made traveling the roads into the countryside well worth the adventure.

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You can see the sun shining through the trees, the dogwood trees in bloom throughout the woods.  We stopped many times to take pictures, listen to the quiet, and watch the animals as they went about their day.  So peaceful and relaxing, an enjoyable mini-vacation.

Weeds or Beautiful Plants?

I take pictures of just about everything anymore.  I think that the dandelion, which is considered a weed, is quite pretty.  You can eat any part of the dandelion, roots, leaves, flowers and it is good for you.  Dandelion is supposed to help dizziness and I acquired dandelion pills from the health food store and take them.   There are so many things God put on this earth to help us, yet we think they are nothing but bothersome weeds.

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When you place this on your computer, as your background picture, you can see delicate details of this dandelion bloom that you otherwise would miss.  Gorgeous

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The seed pod is not good to eat, of course, but it is beautiful.  This one was growing in a large area of clover.  The green clover made the white umbrellas attached to the seeds that much more noticeable.  It is interesting to watch the seeds float through the air on their white parachutes.

The following plant is not a weed, but the buds, and old seed pods are beautiful.  This is the seed pod of the climbing Clematis vine.  These hang on the vine into Spring, when the vine begins to bud.

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The dark green buds of this Clematis vine are quite pretty against the lighter green in the background.

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These brown balls are the seed pods of the Sweet Gum tree.  These balls fall from the tree during the Winter and Spring when leaves begin to appear.  You do not want to step on these brown seed pods if you are barefoot, because they are very hard and very sharp.

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These seed pods and the tree are not a weed, but these pods litter the ground and each tree has an over abundance of seed pods. Some people take these pods, color them, and hang them on the Christmas tree for ornaments, they actually look quite pretty.

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You can tell from this one small limb on this tree how many seed pods cover this tree. The Sweet Gum is a very large tree that can grow 60 feet or taller.