Moon rising over South Oxfordshire and the soft, refreshing rain.

We have been waiting for rain; it has fallen  within ten miles of us but our ground has remained parched.  The moon rose with spectacular glory shortly after 10pm last night and about 3 hours later I was woken by the sound of steady rain.  Only a few months ago this would have filled me with dread as our house narrowly escaped flooding twice this spring. This morning the plants are looking perky and the House Martins no longer need to visit the pond for material to carry out their ongoing house repairs; a sense of balance has returned.moon1

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9 thoughts on “Moon rising over South Oxfordshire and the soft, refreshing rain.

  1. We had a beautiful orange moonrise last night as well. Congrats on capturing it on film!
    And your House Martins look quite happy next to their little nest. 🙂

    • I think the credit must be given to the camera I bought a couple of months ago; I’m still learning how to use the different settings but the results so far are encouraging! We have mesmerizing aerial displays round our house from the Martins and Swallows, plus occasional Swifts, and it seems very quiet when they leave in the autumn.

  2. We had a drought happening for ten years in Australia. It’s an awful feeling and was a constant topic of discussion (and hysteria in some quarters) until the rains came. Your first two lines and your photos caught my attention. It brought to mind Dorothea Mackellar’s poem My Country:
    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel-sea,
    Her beauty and her terror –
    The wide brown land for me!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog Mary. We’ve had a series of impressive moonrises this week but the fiery colour that night was captivating.
      I had not read “My Country” before; Dorothea Mackellar creates a strong image in those few lines. I confess that I would not be happy living in a brown land and the lush green of England suits me. We saw TV reports of the Australian drought and I’m not surprised some people became hysterical; I felt desperate and helpless this spring when water came up through the paddock grass and advanced towards the house but I imagine a sustained lack of water, watching the land turn to dust and animals dying of thirst, must bring to the surface basic fears about survival that most humans never encounter in our highly controlled 21st century lives.

    • I have lots of pictures of bricks, wooden eaves and nests with no accompanying birds because they fly in so fast. When I spotted these two had decided to take a rest from feeding their young I just snapped them with the 14 – 42 lens and I was surprised it came out reasonably well; I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

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