We have not had rain since last October, and the effects are showing. Ripples of sand are now where grass used to be in parts of our yard. Cactus in the big bed are disappearing under the dirt blowing in off the road in front of the house. Dusting is an exercise in futility. Well, that’s true even in good weather here, but it’s even worse now. Trash and dead tumbleweeds and other weed skeletons have to constantly be picked up. Bedding plants dry up in spite of daily waterings.
We look to the sky for hints of rain clouds, but nothing appears. And things get browner. So to take our minds off that, I thought this might be a good time to share some times when the sky, while not always being full of rain clouds, has offered us beauty nonetheless. For example:

Look in the distance and you see rain coming from this cloud. It’s been so long since we’ve seen one of these we have just about forgotten what it looks like. 

This is a sunrise looking out from our back yard.
I took this one in 2007 from the back yard when the sky was just full of pretty things to see.
Looking out into the pasture.
Looking at the golf course from the pasture.
Sunrise from the back yard.


A sunset from the front yard.
Another sunset.
I have tons more pictures like this, but the computer is misbehaving and you would get tired of looking at more of the same anyway, so I will stop. In the meantime, pray for rain.