Lately, storm clouds offer no guarantee of rain. We’ve had no rain for at least a week and though The Weather Network predicted a 70% possibility of precipitation Friday night, none fell on our patch of ground. Standing outside in 30 degrees, throwing precious groundwater on the garden feels totally futile. Yes I am complaining.
P.S. I saw dark clouds all Saturday after taking this morning photo—there was no rain–not a drop.
The moon will be completely full tomorrow night. July Full Moon is known as Thunder Moon or Buck Moon according to Native North American traditions. Buck Moon relates to bucks growing new antlers in July—an event I haven’t had the fortune to witness. Thunder Moon of course reflects the frequent rumblings and flashes of lightning at this time of year. Where I live (Ontario, Canada) threatening black clouds have been a common sight:
Other features of July are recognized in other full moon names: Rose Moon, Hot Moon (on average July is the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere), and Hay Moon (hay is cut and harvested after dry summer days).
Yesterday I looked up while working in my garden and was surprised to see a rainbow. We were expecting rain, but only a few tentative drops had fallen—in the end there was no rainstorm that evening. There is probably a scientific explanation for the rainbow, having to do with high humidity and rainfall not far away, but I prefer to remain mystified, feeling that something special happened: a rainbow without a storm.
In response to Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #88. The prompt words are ‘lift’ and ‘plan’ (design). Please visit the above prompt post to find out how easy it is to join in. You’ll also find links to a wide variety of haiku using the prompt words.