Summer Storm

One afternoon a couple weeks ago, I was doing some work on the computer when I decided to check the weather. The radar revealed a large storm coming up from the south towards us. It appeared to be a slow mover, so I decided to rush out and get the grass mowed.

Round and round I went cutting the grass into submission and keeping a weather eye out as the sky became ominously dark.  I went faster and faster around the lawn leaving the ground when I would hit a bump and taking the corners on 2 wheels. Mario Andretti would have been proud of me.  I finished up in record time as the first drops of rain began to fall.  I put the mower away in the garage, and headed to the house as the wind whipped the road dust up into clouds.

Safe in the house, I waited for the storm to break over us. A few drops fell, the clouds rolled…

……….. but no rain. I checked the radar again. The storm had stalled just south of us. I looked outside. The early evening light played against the dark edge of the storm: Magic Light.  I grabbed my camera.

A large hay bale at the edge of our yard posed against a backdrop of tall field corn.

Looking up the road from our driveway:

I hopped in the truck and headed towards the storm.

About a mile from the house, red clover bloomed on the right edge of the road,

while stately field corn loomed over me to the left.

Further down the road an abandoned house stood tall against the gloom,

and a barn waited patiently for the rain that never came.

I headed home disappointed that we didn’t receive any rain, but glad to have witnessed some very dramatic light.


Just wanted to share a pic I took last winter of the same barn seen above:

Lately our temperatures have been consistently over 100 degrees every day. Looking at this picture, it’s hard to believe it was ever that cold here.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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25 Responses

  1. Jo Anne says:

    thanks for the wonderful pictures. we live in the salt lake valley, so it is a vast difference from what we see daily in our comings and goings!

  2. Tina says:

    Beautiful shots. It never fails to amaze me how far you can see in Kansas. It just looks like the sky goes on forever and ever. We have so many mountains in the Southwest we never see that so it’s pretty cool to look at. Have a good weekend and I hope you get cool weather soon.

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you Tina. We did finally get a break in the heat yesterday. We had much needed rain over the weekend too: 2 1/2 inches total! This will do the crops a lot of good.

  3. Mary says:

    Those are some beautiful shots. Wish we were getting that rain!! How has your weather been? Hope it’s better than ours. I want to jump into that pic with the old barn and snow.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Mary, We had been having a drought for the last 3 weeks and finally got 2 1/2 inches of rain Sunday night. The corn was getting pretty stressed filling it’s ears without rain, and so now the ears will fill nicely. Hope your weather has improved too.

  4. I’m sorry you didn’t get the rain, but wow-you did get some great shots with that dark sky. Love it!

  5. Sharon Thompson says:

    I loved the photos, really awesome. I enjoy taking my camera out, and going after good storm shots.

  6. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    Oh, what a beautiful old house! It needs to be rescued!!

    • Suzanne says:

      Houses like these are everywhere on the plains. Sad to see them so, but it would cost a small fortune to make them liveable.

  7. Karina says:

    Beautiful pictures! I can almost smell those raindrops!

  8. Becky L. says:

    Your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love the old buildings. Your storm photos brings back memories when I was visiting with a friend in Iowa for a day. Thunder and lightning and rain, kinda spooky cuz I don’t really like that kind of weather but it was different and memorable.

  9. Peggy says:

    Wow! I can never get enough of your photos! The first photo is outstanding! And by the way the corn looks really good, way better than NC’s! I would have been a little nervous to go out into the storm. Your doing a little storm chasing. Ha ha

  10. Doe of Mi. says:

    Scarey but, beautiful. Love the old house shot.

  11. Wow! Suzanne! These photos are absolutely stunning!!!! You are so talented and have a great eye. I love every single photo…but my 2 favorites are the one with the red clover growing on the side of the road and the one with the barn and the fence…so gorgeous!

  12. Suzanne, hope you don’t mind, I just made the first photo of this post my background desktop photo on my computer! Your blog name is on the photo…I will tell everyone who asks about your photo that it was taken by you and tell them about your wonderful blog!

  13. Wanda says:

    I came across your site about 3 weeks ago, when in search for a biscuit recipe.
    Since then… I’ve had to bake the same biscuits twice by request… Have visited the site at least once a day to marvel at all the “scratch” recipes (today: while devouring a slice of your apple pie)…AND have found the most spectacular photos of American Country Living. For someone who has always lived the urban life in NJ and PA, yet wished to someday drive on a dirt road to nowhere, your pictures and home recipes bring so much comfort. Thank you for the delicious recipes and fantastic photos. HOW BLESSED ARE YOU!!

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