The rhododendron (exact species unknown) that we found in the yard when we bought this house — the plant is gangly and its leaves are sparse, but the flowers are grand.
Cicadas are appearing all over the yard, leaving their empty shells everywhere and getting ready to mate. It’s 2016, the big year for Brood V of magicicada in West Virginia, and they have arrived.
More thunderstorms, more wind, more rain this spring. Thursday afternoon another round of rain and wind swept through the yard. Then a scattering of hail and suddenly, from someplace far too close to us, a light flashed with KRACK BOOM!! and splinters of tree appeared on the patio. And then the storm just seemed to end, as if it had done what it had intended to do and so could quit.
Last Tuesday evening we camped near the beach at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Here’s the view from the dunes across Chesapeake Bay before the storm arrived.