LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dark Clouds Rolling In

Among the many places that give me pleasure, one of them is in my very own neighborhood.  The view from this by-way is almost always a beautiful sight.

In the midst of the "heat wave," we have been having evening showers most days.  I went down to my favorite by-way to watch the dark clouds rolling in.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are truly blue, especially before a storm.




 The clouds begin to gather, turning everything darker.






More and more of the sky is covered.

I wanted to linger and watch the storm, but a big bolt of lightning made me change my mind.  It was too close for comfort so I headed home.

It now appears that Congress will pass a bill to keep our country from defaulting on its loans.  Created in the last hours before the deadline, it is not pleasant and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.  But it is probably the best we will get.  When you see that one group is perfectly willing to divide the baby...well, you know what I mean.

25 comments:

robin andrea said...

You do have a magnificent sky there and quite an expansive view. Beautiful. Love those storm clouds.

The headlines definitely disappointed me this morning.

Karin said...

We had another thunderstorm last night too - and our clouds looked similar to your. Enjoyed seeing your mountains - a fabulous view!

Tipper said...

I'm jealous of your afternoon rain-it's been missing us most everyday. I love the photos.

Taradharma said...

your photographs are spectacular and painterly. what a great sky to witness! good move, listening to the lightning as it were.

yes, the baby has been hacked in half, and it's not pretty. i'm disgusted by the entire debacle.

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures -- and the baby analogy is spot on!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your skies are brilliant...even when they look a bit scary. Lightening scares me like nothing else.

Ms. A said...

Wish I was there!

We've been struck by lightning three times. It terrifies me.

Cheryl said...

I love moody skies. You are blessed to be able to watch the clouds roll in over the mountains.

My husband was repairing a roof during a storm many many years ago.
He was in fact struck by lightening, how he survived we will never know.........

Rudee said...

I've been in your mountains during storms and I can attest to both their beauty and the wicked lightening.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Your photos are beautiful-you certainly live in an incredible area. We've been having the same afternoon/evening storms and hopefully the rain will help our lawn which is really drying out despite sprinklers. Great analogy about the economy-if they'd just stop giving the perks to the officials and cut some of the unnecessary grants maybe it would help. Maybe not.
Have a wonderful evening.
Hugs, Noreen

Rae said...

Your part of the country is gorgeous and your photos are beautiful.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

How wonderful for you to watch the storms roll in over the Blue Ridge mountains. Storms are such a dramatic part of nature. -- barbara
P.S. I really wonder if the whole debacle of the debt issue is really over?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carolyn, I always say that you live in one of the most gorgeous places in our country... I love the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains... Great pictures!!!!! We have had the horrible heat ---with NO rain here.... Gads!
Hugs,
Betsy

theycallmejane said...

Such amazing shots. I love watching the rain come in. Storms are ok, too --- as long as I'm safely indoors. Beautiful pics!

carolina nana said...

Our government is so out of touch with regular people it makes me sick. Sickens me to think they wait till the last minute so they can ram a bill through without objections.
Nice cloud pics,wish we were getting some of that rain.
Blessings
Marilyn

KB said...

I see the "blue" mountains! I never knew why they had that name until now. That is a gorgeous view. Thanks so much for sharing it.

All that I can say about the recent crisis is... Well, at least we didn't default.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It's much lovlier to watch the clouds rolling in than the recent goings on in Congress. Glad you took heed and retreated to safer places.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I love your mountain photos. We have a place that on a clear day we can see up to Greenville...and if we are in Greenville you can see the mountains.
As for the Congress, I still believe one side acted like adults while the other held their ground to the detriment of our economy. Not happy with the bargain, but glad there is one.

Jill said...

Beautiful photos!

The Bug said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Barb said...

I love these photos of the mountains fading to the distance. You do have spectacular views!

troutbirder said...

The storm, beautiful as it is, may be a politica harbinger for Congress. I hope so.....

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. For those of you who need rain, I'm hoping you will get some very soon. And for those of you who have experienced lightning strikes...that would frighten me to death. And for those of you who are hoping the "super panel" will accomplish anything...you need only look at the members of the group. Hard liners on both sides. So depressing.

Seven Gates Farm said...

I went to school at Lees-McRae, my daughter App State. It is true, the mountains become a part of you. I will soon here them calling me. The air will change; there will be just something, a little breeze, and I will know that it's time to go back to the hills. Debi

Toni aka irishlas said...

Stunning! I miss the Blue Ridge and all her beauty!

I, too, have been "zapped" with traveling lightening. Very unpleasant experience to say the least. I couldn't feel my tongue for almost two weeks!