Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer Rain and Crickets

This morning we had another rain storm in Iowa. We have had a lot of rain the past couple of days. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches have been common. The days are excruciatingly hot and humid and this makes things perfect for summer storms.

Even though such heavy rain is not good, I find the lightning fascinating.

I am one of those people who stand outside and watch the lightning. Of course when it starts to get too close, I get inside but I still find it one of nature's true wonders.

There is something calming about listening to the thunder in the distance, seeing the flashes of lightning and hearing the gentle rain.

Here is a video I took early this morning. You can hear crickets chirping and hear thunder. The clicking noise you hear in the video is actually drops of water hitting the camera. I was standing in the doorway of my barn when I took this video.

My friend Johanna mentioned to me she always liked to hear the sound of crickets when she was on Vancouver Island. Apparently crickets are not common in Vancouver. So here you go! Crickets, crickets, crickets! And a bit of lightning.

Thanks for stopping by.


Snappy Di said...

Love the video.. sounds like Virginia! We love storms.


Jo said...

Omigosh, that's absolutely wonderful...! I would I could put that on a continuous loop. I must admit, though, that thunder storm would have me hiding under the bed. *heh* I love crickets, and I am terrified of storm.

Thank you...!!!!!!! :-)

Jo said...

I meant I "wish" I could...

Haven't had my coffee yet.

A Lady's Life said...

I sure enjoyed that. I love storms like this. They are a delight to watch in the sky and the chirping crickets are nice too.:)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Wonderful photos and video! I have always found extreme acts of nature exhilarating, and used to sneak outside during hurricanes as a child to experience them close up and personal.

Now I live on fault lines and like to walk on beaches looking for rogue waves to outrun.

Sam Liu said...

Yes, I too am a lover of storms. We don't get many very in England, but whenever we do, I take a cautions seat by the window and marvel and their terrifying beauty. I find them so ominous, so mysterious - they are also a great source of inspiration.

The video was marvellous, thanks for sharing it. It felt like I was there. The sound of the low rumbling, the crickets, the swishing wind and the great flashes of lightning - truly spectacular.

Maureen said...

Meteor showers this week, if it's not raining you should watch them!

Mean Mama said...

I agree with Snappy Di...sounds like Virginia. That was entertainment where I'm from. Everyone would sit on the front porch with ice tea and say...Woooo! Did you see that? Thanks for sharing Russell. I do miss my thunderstorms. Its nice to see them. I'll be back to replay it!

jblack designs said...

If I wake up and it's raining, I know it's going to be a good day. A rocking thunderstorm blows in? I'm in heaven.

Thanks for the great photos and sound.


Small City Scenes said...

I find it very hard to 'catch' lightening on camera. Yeah, Like Jo we don't have many Crickets out here.
When I first came to read this posting there was no comment line odd eh? But it is back. MB