• Of fog and rain

    by  • December 18, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles, Weather • 4 Comments

    Stormy Sunrise

    Stormy Sierra Sunrise

    “An absolute


    Last bit of visible blue sky seen over the shed

    Last bit of visible blue sky seen over the shed

    Trees stand

    up to their knees in fog.

    Storm Coming

    Storm Coming over Peckinpah Ridge

    The fog

    slowly flows


    Ghost Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense and Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'

    Ghost Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense and Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'


    cobwebs, the grass

    Damp and furry Lamb's Ears

    Damp and furry Lamb's Ears

    leaning where deer

    have looked for apples.



    The woods

    from brook to where

    Remnants of wispy fog

    Remnants of wispy fog

    the top of the hill looks

    over the fog, send up

    not one bird.

    Camellia 'Hana-Jiman'

    Camellia 'Hana-Jiman', as fragile as tissue

    So absolute, it is

    no other than

    happiness itself, a breathing

    too quiet to hear.”

    Jeweled Euphorbia purpurea

    Jeweled Euphorbia purpurea

    –  Denise Levertov, The Breathing

    Ten days of rain coming…..S.L.

    Notes: Denise Levertov (1923-97) was born in Essex, and educated at home by her father, a Russian Jewish immigrant, who became an Anglican priest, and by her Welsh mother. In 1948, she emigrated to America, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as ‘the most subtly skilful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving,’ and during the following decades she became ‘a poet who may just be the finest writing in English today’


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    4 Responses to Of fog and rain

    1. December 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      beautiful, words and photos, thanks for sharing, Frances

    2. December 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Wow. Just love drama weather. But never learned to photo it well.
      Particularly like the Peckinpaw ridge photo. It tells me so much about that part of the world and how the humans fit into that landscape.

    3. December 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      I’ve been trying for so long to get photos like that of fog in the hills, drifting between one ridge and the next. You captured it perfectly!

    4. December 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Frances, and welcome!

      Kerry, I love dramatic weather, too! Try going out just after a rain before you think you can photograph anything, and when you really should be inside with a cup of tea. These were taken about 7:30-8am, just before the storm. I’m the nutty one running around in all weather.

      Gayle, Thanks! Are you in danger of flooding again?

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