Wednesday, September 17, 2008


It is so rare to get rain here, that when it does rain, I find that I can't focus on my work at all. I just have to stop what I am doing, and go outside with my camera and my eyes open wide. That is what happened yesterday. I watched the clouds build with hope, but tried very hard not to get too excited, since often the rain seems to be all around us. Not ON us. It can be disappointing. The wind began to pick up, but still I told myself not to get excited yet. Even as the sky darkened, I reminded myself that it was just a cloud, and there was nothing to be distracted by. Too many times have I stood out on the patio, waiting and wishing for rain that never came. I didn't allow myself to really believe it was raining until I looked out the window and saw this:

Then, I decided I could drop my project and stand under the eaves and watch the rain. We had .39 inches of rain (for the year, that is) and now, after yesterday, we have had .63 inches of rain. We are over halfway to having ONE WHOLE INCH of rain for the year!!!! How exciting is that?? Welcome to the desert.

The rain seemed to bring out all of the wildlife, which of course I love. I saw an extremely wet roadrunner, cruising past the house. It had its head tucked tightly against its body. Maybe its neck was cold??? I tried to get a photo, but darn! those roadrunners are fast! Pono and I then saw two coyotes at sunset. They really are beautiful creatures. Once again, I wish not only that I had my camera with me, but also that I had a good zoom lens. It would have been fun to share that with you.

I made a few more journals yesterday. These new ones have some of the images from my monotypes on them. I am not sure if I like them as much as the earlier ones. What do you think? I bought some really inexpensive t-shirts on sale at Target Monday, and I am going to put a transfer on each one of them. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully, they will turn out, and I can show them to you tomorrow.


Patty said...

After not having had rain for so long, it must have been quite a treat. Did you get out and dance in it? I would miss rainy days terribly. In Nebraska we had double your year's total in one day recently. Makes the sunny skies all the more beautiful!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
i love your new journals! they are going to sell like hotcakes!
your rain picture and story was wonderful. i could feel the drops!

Carla Sonheim said...

I like the new images on the journals A LOT!!!! Yes!

lee said...

love your new journals they will sell for sure.....rain seems odd in the desert doesnt it. Does not look like it rained to hard.

High Desert Diva said...

Your desert is very different from ours. Not even a whole inch of rain yet!?! No wonder you get excited.

Your rock path looks fantastic! Nice to see a bit of where you live.

Peggi Habets said...

Have you ever seen the movie Jean De Florette? It's about a farmer who spends everyday waiting for rain, dreaming aobut rain, all the while hauling water and trying to save his farm. It's very touching. Your post reminded me of it.

Love that view of yours. Lucky you. Your journals are gorgeous!

Robyn said...

I can imagine how wonderful it must be having rain after being with out it for months on end. I would probably make an ass of myself running around in it with my head thrown back and mouth wide open. We used to do that as kids.

Love your new journals!