Monday, September 23, 2013

... it's supposed to be spring....

Cherry (Plum???) Blossoms
It's supposed to be spring here, but I haven't seen any evidence of it yet. Well, not quite true. About 3 weeks ago, the cherry (possibly plum) trees on campus bloomed in a weeks period of time. This picture was taken on the only day that week with clear blue skies. That night, it rained, with high winds and thunder and lightening. It was fun sitting in my little cubby hole listening to howling wind, and feeling the room sway gently in the breeze. 

Please note that I'm on the 5th floor, and there are two floors above me. 

The result was that all the blossoms were gone the next day. All the leaves are gone from the Jacaranda tree outside my window. And it has continued to storm like crazy for nearly 3 weeks straight. Even the days where its not pouring down rain, it's overcast with gusts of wind that send the large rolling bins on a merry stroll down the sidewalk. They're on wheels, so I suppose it's not that surprising, unless like me, you were just about to turn the corner and get mowed down by an errant bin. 

Yet another rainbow
So, the skies look like this. LOTS of rainbows lately. Like 10 a day because of all the moisture in the air. I've lost interest in oooing and aaahing over them now. Although, it makes it easy to tell who is new on campus, because they stop and gawk, point, take pictures like crazy and then talk about it non-stop for about 15 minutes. It takes a while for them to realize that rainbows happen here if you sneeze in just the right direction. Ah, how indelicate of me. Apologies, but I've reached the stage in the semester where I've ceased to care how I do on tests, essays and people's general opinions. I call it the Apathy stage.

So this is what the skies looked like today for about 10 seconds, before a gale came up, blew all these clouds away and proceeded to dump half a gallon per minute, while the wind sent it sideways.

10 seconds of Sunset
The birds are soggy, yet still trying to impress members of the opposite sex. The girls so far have been unimpressed with the whole soggy affair.

Soggy Red Wattle Bird... Girlfriend was unimpressed
The storms themselves have had winds ranging from 75 to 90 mph at night, between the hours of 2 and 5 a.m., at which time it happily throws large metal object into the air, breaking all kinds of things in the process. Why? Because obviously it doesn't want anyone to have a good night's sleep. As a result, I look like this:

Original obtained from redpepperwallpapers
Hopefully the rest of you out there have been getting enough sleep, and aren't having to write essays that you've spent so much time researching: that you've lost interest in them and just want the whole thing to go away.


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