One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

April Storm


The first stage of the big storm arrived this morning, with a few minutes of snow flurries and then a long bout of heavy rain. Forecasters are making quite a lot of this storm in its approach, sounding all kinds of alarm bells as it draws near…and it is quite a monster on the map.

The pond has been swelling a little with all the rain we’re receiving lately. Shame that our duck population seems largely to have moved on to other waters. There are still a few, but we haven’t seen much of them lately. Who says it’s fine weather for ducks?


Since the tide had recently been in, I decided to have a look at what kind of surf the storm was kicking up. The next tide would be after dark, and from the storm warnings for high winds and storm surges issued for that time, I had no designs to be out at the beach then.

I was barely at Nauset Light Beach a moment when my lens was spattered with rain drops and spray from the ocean below, but I think it mostly worked to great effect.

I love the way the top of Nauset Light rises just above the treetops, like a cardinal nestled in a pine bough.

Cold and wet as I was, it’s always a thrill to stand near (but not too near) the ocean as a storm churns it up. The powerful sound of the waves, the roar and the hiss. And such a sight.

Coast Guard Station, Eastham, MA.

Looking east across the Windmill Green in Eastham Town Center.

Here’s some cherry blossom buds silhouetted against this afternoon’s stormy sky.

We had a break from the rain in the afternoon, but then just recently, in the dark came the sounds of whipping winds and torrential rains. Glad it’s too warm for snow out this way. We’ll see what the morning brings.

One things for sure, once all the rain we’re supposed to get this week shows up, we’re going to have some real greening going on. Everywhere out this way daffodils are popping open, and the forsythia should be coming out any day now.

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