Thursday, March 31, 2011

Drama in the Sky

Drama in the Sky
Big Cypress, Florida


"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship."
--John Muir

It seems fitting that as I write a few words about a photograph taken during last year's rainy season, spring storms are inching down the Florida peninsula, headed this way. Tornado warnings are posted and the radar maps are alive with reds, oranges and yellow/greens.

At one of my recent art shows, a northern snowbird visitor to my booth remarked that Florida seemed "boring" because there were no seasons here. While it's true that we don't experience the beauty of a snowfall or the joy of the first buds on the trees, anyone who has lived in Florida for long will tell you that the seasons are palpable.

Some will say there's "snowbird" and hurricane season. Others might say "hot or gorgeous". Scientists explain that Florida has two seasons: wet and dry. Whatever the lingo, seasons are more than apparent in Florida. For me, I often look to the sky. Winter brings wide expanses of clear blue for days on end, punctuated by cold fronts that blow through, and sometimes bring a smattering of brief storms followed by more clear blue.

Summer, as in the photo above, brings such drama in our skies. I love to take a drive into the Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve and watch such drama unfold. The sky roars and the earth drinks eagerly. Storms replenish our fresh water supplies for another year's dry season in such a magnificent way, with every bit of pomp and circumstance nature can provide.

I just don't think "boring" has never been in Florida's nature vocabulary.

Nikon D2x, Nikkor 12-24mm, a dusty road and the thrill of good timing

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