Friday, April 11, 2008

After the Storm, A Golden Sky!

We have had a doozie of a storm yesterday. It began in the wee hours of the morning, when my bedroom was lit up by a bolt of lightening, followed by a boom that frightened the dogs out of their wits, and me as well! Then the sky broke open and torrents of rain pounded the roof. I got up, of course. Who can sleep with all that going on? Well, actually, cats can. They are not bothered by storms one bit.

My weather radio informed me that we were under a severe thunderstorm warning, and a tornado watch until 5 PM! And it continued storming, with torrents of rain, and high winds blew through the trees, and even knocked out our power for a short time. Thankfully, most of it took place in the daytime. Storms always seem worse at night.

Fortunately, we never did get a tornado, and the storm finally blew out of here on cue, by 5 P M.

Wild turkeys don't mind getting wet, like domestic turkeys. I guess they're just used to living with the elements. Here is a Tom turkey, strutting his stuff, in the rain! He was way up in the field, and I don't have a really good zoom on my camera, but I managed to get a shot of him from the window, anyway. Oops, I shouldn't say "shot" since Spring Turkey Season is about to start.

After ominous, dark clouds all day, the sun came out at 7:30 PM. You can see it illuminating the western sky, and my driveway, with all the puddles still showing. But it was a beautiful sight. Like in the old song, "At the end of a storm, there's a golden sky," there it was, a sign from the heavens, that all was well now, and I was thankful to the Lord for it .

And here is a picture of the setting sun illuminating the trees to the east, in my field. It was such a beautiful phenomenon, that I couldn't resist taking a picture of it. The trees almost look Fall-like, but that is waning sunshine in the tree tops, making my heart glad.
I also want to mention that I have been tagged for two meme's that I will do next week. First by my friend, Glo, over at Young at Heart, and by my friend, Patti, over at Nonna's Place. And I have some awards to acknowledge as well.

This weekend, my son will be here, and we have things to do, and places to go.

Have a blessed and safe weekend, everyone!


Jmkdreak said...

Beautiful pictures and what a big turkey! For not having a zoom, you got a great picture of him.
Very glad the storms passed without too much trouble and that you could witness such a pretty sunset!


Mary said...


What lovely photos. The turkey doesn't seem to be at all worried about the storm. That was probably an indicator that there wouldn't be a tornado. You didn't really need the zoom to be any better on the camera. I can see him perfectly.

I'm glad the storm blew herself out and that the sun lit up your world before the sun went down. Yes, storms definitely seem worse at night for some reason.

Take care, my friend.

Michele said...

What a splendid read, Renie! I love the photos. The one with golden treetops is amazing! The turkey is a hoot. :-) I'm glad you made it through the storm safely. It got pretty wild here too but we didn't lose our power. Mom went to town and the park is under water again but it hasn't made it to the police station/Freds yet. Hopefully it will dry up sometime soon, eh?

Thanks for another great post. It's always such a pleasure to stop by and find such lovely photos and brilliant words. :-)

Enjoy your weekend as well!

Smiles & Blessings,

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Very nice photos, turkey looks quite colorful. We had some storming going on last night as well. We're dog sitting our daughter's dog, and he hates storms. So I was up half the night with him. finally turned on a light, I guess he couldn't see the lightning, and I was able to get back to sleep around 3:45am. Also since he's going deaf, he didn't hear the thunder. Have a wonderful week-end.

Mississippi Songbird said...

I love that turkey picture. he looks so proud.. and the other pictures are great too.. Have a great weekend ! Bunches of hugs...

Renie Burghardt said...


Thanks sweetie!


Renie Burghardt said...


Perhaps you are right. The turkey strutting around in the rain wasn't a bit frightened, so maybe he knew it wouldn't get so bad.

Thank you for the visit and nice comment. We just got home, so I'm late visiting. But I'll be by soon. Have a great weekend!



Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Michele,

Yes, we found out there was flooding again in town. But as you say, not as bad as two weeks ago. E and S is still being worked on from the last flood, and they may have gotten flooded again. But we could go up by Sonics this time, to Eileen's house, without rerouting to 160. I hope this is the last flooding event for the area for some time to come. Double whammie's are not so good.

Thank you for the sweet comment, my young friend. I hope all is well with you and yours!

Always fondly,


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Patty,

Oh, were you getting storms, too? I don't believe Willowick was, as my daughter didn't say anything.

Most dogs are scared of storms. My two girls get under my chair, and under my feet, when it storms! I finally opened the closet door in the hall, and they went in there. I was prepared to hightail it to the basement, should a tornado warning be announced, but it didn't happen. Thank goodness!

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, especially of Tom turkey. He was out there again this afternoon. With a harem of 20 females, he strutts around a lot. LOL.

Thank you for coming by, my friend. Have a great weekend!


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Stephanie,

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. Tom, the turkey, is mighty proud, alright. LOL.

Thank you for coming by. Have a wonderful weekend as well.



2 LMZ FARMS said...

As always the pictures were breathtaking. I had been watching the weather channel and was wondering if you was getting any of the severe weather. Thank goodness, it went around us. I hope that you and your son have a wonderful visit.

Glo said...

Awasome Pictures...Mike said WOW!!! He love to see Turkey and deer. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend with your son.

Love and {{Hugs}}

audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

Beautiful pictures.
The turkey is so grand.

Have a very blessed weekend with your son.
God bless.


Loretta said...

Beautiful pictures! We got a lot of rain and wind but made it o.k. The wind hit here in the middle of the night. I live in a mobile home and it scared me awake. I thought about you when i saw on the t.v. that it was heading your way. Hope you have a great week end with your son.


Mountain Mama said...

I am not a storm lover either and especially not an electrical storm. We don't have tornados here but have had some strong winds in the past that uproot trees and take the roof's off buildings, etc.
I don't mind a hard rain and a little wind but more than that makes me apprehensive. I'm glad you didn't have a tornado and I hope your driveway dries out fast so you can get in and out without any trouble.
That wild turkey is really pretty. I think he needs to go into hiding before the shooting begins.
I love pictures where the sun is shining through the trees and yours is really spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
I pray you have a nice week end Renie.
Love & hugs,

ancient one said...

Beautiful Photos Renie!! You and your son have fun this weekend!

Merle said...

Hi Dear Renie ~~ The photos are great and the turkey quite a big one, all puffed up. Glad the storm passed without doing any damage to you.
Thanks for your comments and kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed the baby pictures and the Sayings and the jokes. Glad you were in a good frame of mind after reading. Enjoy the visit with your younger son. Take
care, dear friend, Love, Merle.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Neat! Enjoy the shining sun and the visit of your son, Renie!

Mike Golch said...

we had some dozzies of storms here also.
The pictures are great thanks for sharing.

ancient one said...

Hi Renie,

I told you I live out in the boonies... no cable in my section... that was our tv antenna ...LOL.. Still brings in our free tv... New Computer and still on dial up... pitiful, huh?

The storms were to the north and west of us... we just got rain...

BClark said...

Wonderful pictures Renie, glad you came through the storm alright. We have had some goofy weather also, wish Spring would make an appearance soon. Best to you, Barbara

Susie said...

That is one huge turkey. I think he better head for cover pretty soon if turkey season is starting!!
Glad the storms weren't damaging to you. Enjoy your time with your son :)

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Laura,

Thank you for the nice comment and visit. Hope things are going well at lmz farms.



Hi Glo,

Greg and I did have a great weekend. I am glad you and Mike enjoyed the pictures. Thanks so much for coming by. Hope your weekend was nice as well.



Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Audrey,

Thank you, my friend. We did have a great weekend. I am so blessed with all three of my children. And with wonderful friends like you as well.



Hi Loretta,

I'm glad the storms didn't get bad your way. We had a storm wind as well, and being in a mobile home in that kind of weather would be worrisome, for sure.

Thank you for coming by. Hope your weekend went really well.



Hi Bev,

The driveway dried out, and the weekend has been wonderful. It did cool off some, but not too badly, and the warmer weather will be back by Tuesday.

Thank you kindly for the visit and nice comment. Have a wonderful week, dear Bev.

Love and Hugs,


Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

As always, I am glad to hear from you. I hope your weather has been pleasant, and that you had a nice weekend, and are ready to begin the new week with lots of good cheer for your fans, like myself.



Hi Mr. Nick,

We had a good visit. Thank you for coming by.



Hi Mike,

I did hear there were some storms in Ohio as well. Hope they passed quickly and all is well in your world now.

Take care!


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Ann,

I live in the boonies as well, and am still moseying along on dial up. Hopefully, soon, that will change, if my ISP isn't pulling my leg.

That antenna is still a rare sight these days! But you are right, it is free TV.

Thanks for visiting. Greg and I did have a fun weekend.


Hi Barbara,

I do hope Spring makes an appearance in your neck of the woods very soon! Thank you for coming by. I always enjoy hearing from you.



Hi Susie,

Yes, that turkey is pretty big. He is out there as I write, with his harem of 20 females, strutting away! LOL.

Greg and I had a great weekend. I hope your weekend was nice as well. Thank you so much for visiting. Take care and have a blessed week.


Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful capture of the turkey. Noticed you write for Chicken soup for the soal. Great books, and I will have to check mine to see if you are in it.. How cool is that . Thanks for sharing and I am glad your storm is over..

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Stacy,

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I'll be over to check out your site, soon. Have a great week.


Nonna said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures with all of us! I hope you have had a wonderful time with your son this weekend. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
The picture of the Tom Turkey is beautiful. Your zoom did a great job on getting that close to it too. I still haven't got the hang of taking my camera with me everywhere yet. LOL. I always seem to forget it. The Sunset pictures are just breathtaking and it does make the trees look like it is fall. I heard on t.v. or seen in the paper about they may not be able to have the Turkey Hunt right now because of all the water. We got quite a bit of rain here on Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. We were under a Severe Thunder Storm Warning around 9:15p.m. because of some Hail around Lake City. It never hailed here tho. I know it sure has turned alot colder now. We are under a Freeze Warning for tonight and into in the morning. There were even some Snow Flurries around yesterday. My Mom called me last night and she said she saw some yesterday. I never saw any because me and the girls didn't get out yesterday because it was so raw and cold outside. I did put up a new post yesterday, but I will probably wait till tomorrow and do another post. I am trying to catch up with everyone today because I didn't visit any yesterday. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Anonymous said...

beautiful pictures, renie. i just love the light, joyful feeling of your posts. God bless you. (((HUGS)))

Renie Burghardt said...


Thank you for coming by. I hope all is well with you and yours.



Hi Karen,

I'm just glad that weather is over for now, and hopefully no more storms like that. Now things need to dry out, although this last deluge wasn't quite as bad. I did hear on my weather radio that this area already received 75 percent of the rain we normally get in a year, in the first 3 and a half months! Thank you for coming by. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

Love and Hugs,


Hi Pia,

Thank you! You are so sweet and kind. God bless you as well!



Leann said...

awesome pictures.I love to hear a spring thunder storm as long as its a mild one with no tornados.I use to live on a farm when I was a kid.and when storms move in Id run to the hay loft.I could watch the storm clouds move in.

Id have to sneak to do it,cause my granny would get real mad if she knew I was in the barn.she never said much about it till after we had a tornado in a town not too far from us.and after that she was scared of storm,s.but not me I still loved to see the clouds move n and hear the thunder in the distance.feel the wind on my face.Id sit there in the door of the hay loft and just watch till the rain made me shut the door.

glad you didnt have any tornados.they seem to be making their way around the USA in some places already.spring is a good time for them.the weather is ripe for it.all the cold air from the north and the warm hummid air from the south and your in for a ride.

stay safe my friend.God bless.
have fun with your son.
love leann.

deborah wilson said...


Beautiful pictures - I like the one of the tress in the east field the best - really pretty.

The tom turkey is gorgeous.

Have a good week, I'm taking this week off from blogging too, exam coming up on Thursday - hopefully by the end of class, the sun will be out and the cold wind will have gone away for a while!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Leann,

It's always nice to hear from you! I enjoyed your comment about watching the storms from the barn. Yes, spring is tornado season, and I was fortunate in not getting anything too bad, although it seemed bad enough! The dogs would agree with me.

Thank you for your visit. I hope all is well in your world!

Love and Hugs,


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Deborah,

The sun in the trees is my favorite as well, and I'm glad you liked it.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope the exam goes well. Exam times always used to make me nervous! Have a great week.


audrey` said...

Hello Renie!!!
You're online now =)))
I'm so happy to meet you now.

How are you, my dear friend?

About Facebook... HaHa! I'm the least technie person here =P
I'll try to link it to my blog.
We'll see if we can access Facebook without opening an account and without changing my privacy settling.
I had set up two groups where the members are 1430++ now. Most of them are strangers whom I don't wish to reveal my full identity. HeHe! Thus, the full privacy setting on my Facebook account.
Pia is on Facebook too. She's having a great jolly time as well.
I'm writing to you now via my Facebook account. Great, isn't it?
See you, Renie.
Take care.
Blessings and love to you =)))

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Audrey!

I'm on facebook now? Even while I'm replying to you? I did see Pia's comment on your blog. She seems to have a pet on Facebook? Is this a virtual pet? I gather Facebook is an interactive, online community? Well, if you link it to your blog, that would be neat.

It's so nice of you to visit me from Facebook, dear Audrey.

Blessings and Love,


Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

What beautiful photos. We have some similar storms in north central Texas. But thank God for the rain. We need it so badly. Right now we are in south central Texas, and they have drought conditions.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you visit again.

All the best,


Tina Coruth said...


I'm relieved that the tornado never materialized. I can't imagine how nerve wracking it must be to be under a tornado watch. I hope the tornado season quiets down and passes soon.

You got a terrific photo of the turkey. What a handsome bird! Your other photos are beautiful and the sunset is spectacular. Thank you for posting them!


Renie Burghardt said...


We have had our share of severe storms, tornado watches, and floods. Hopefully, there won't be anymore, anytime soon!

Thank you for your nice comment. I hope all is well with you and yours.



Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I hope we eventually get Wild Turkey's here. They were reestablished successfully in southern Ontario several years ago. They have been extending their range north to within 30 miles of here.

Melinda said...

WOW it must be simply incredible to be able to see all the wonderful wildlife and nature right outside your windows!

I am Patty's daughter (Old Lady Lincoln)and stopped by to check out your blog. I love reading your stories. I too love to write and have had some poetry published....but only in anthologies. I really want to do my OWN book.

I also want to make my Dear Noah blog into a book. I have a long way to go!

God Bless and I wish you the best!

Melinda ;)

Paula said...

Dear Rene,

What a sweet, refreshing spot on the computer! I came across your site while looking for Thunderstorm pics, while living in dry, dry southern CA, transplanted, for now, from Indiana, where it rains too much!!

Take care, I snitched a copy of the Mary Englebright? looking pic of the girl swinging at the bottom of your page......for my Journal Notes, a bit too depressing, w/ long time unemployment.

so long, Bless you, PC