If you started watching the University of Tennessee and Oregon football game held in Knoxville Saturday, you know that there was a 70 minute game delay due to lightning. That same storm rumbled across my backyard some 30 minutes prior to that delay, raining down some heavy drops that quickly turned into torrents down my drive-way.
I grabbed my camera and took a few shots and discovered a shivering hummingbird sitting on the feeder.
Lightning flickered across the sky and leaves and limbs came tumbling down from the trees. There's always something to pick up or blow off my drive, but storms give me even more work. It's the price you pay living under a canopy of Beech, Oak, and Hickory trees.
From our second story screened-porch, it makes you feel like you're living in a tree house. We love it, but we duck every time a storm comes through, or the Hickory turns loose of another nut! They hit the aluminum roof like a rock and roll loudly off to the ground.
This latest rain gives us hope for a beautiful autumn leaf show, but it has been dry at the key time for turning the colors brilliant. Up until the past three weeks, our place has been like a tropical jungle; all rich and lush with green grass and foliage. Recently we noticed the usual August brown moving through the trees and across the grass. However, there is still hope.
I'm still hopeful for Tennessee football too, although it will have to wait another fall to happen. Today's game went as I expected it, even if I did go into the game thinking we might see some surprises. We did...lots of young players, with a young coach, with lots of potential. Next year my friends!
Yes, I'm mindful of what fall usually depicts - the end of life for another season. With my current situation (see previous post), it does make me stop and reflect, and think about things to come.