All posts tagged: macro

Hail Alley in Alberta – We Get Hit Again

Now and then simple country raindrops are tempted by a dark cloud full of icy sirens to stay aloft for a while. A party gets going, and when every drop has drunk too much and has grown bloated and chilled to the bone, the cloud simply bursts at the seams. The result is Hail, and here in Hail Alley it is a guaranteed event at least a couple times each summer. Last week we were pelted with the largest hail stones we have ever had here at the Red House. While most of the stones were the size of marbles, many had grown to about the size of a quarter. The Car Guy and I watched the stones batter the house, vehicles, and plants. When the deluge stopped, I ventured out with my camera to record the damage. The Virginia Creeper on the front patio was badly beaten. The vegetable garden won’t be a buffet for the deer anymore! On the bright side, the clouds beyond the hay field were pretty awesome! The trouble with …

The Weather Stone is Wet

Perhaps you have seen Weather Stones? They are, quite simply, weather stations for people who want a real time synopsis of what it is like outside. We have a rather elegant one at the Cabin on Antelope Street. It was constructed by the “Live on the Edge” Grandson and The Car Guy’s Sister. Normally this type of weather forecasting equipment would consist of a stone that is suspended from a rope. Our stone is far more decorative. It was wrapped with the aluminum wire that was discarded by the Electric company (after they repaired the lines that were brought down by a fallen tree, courtesy of a beaver that didn’t obtain a logging permit.) In addition to the wire work, various beads give the stone a very artsy appearance. Yet to be added is the appropriate signage for those folks who aren’t fluent in the weather terminology of our part of the world: If the Stone is wet – it is raining. If the Stone has a shadow – it is sunny. If the Stone …