My photographer friend Linda announced t'other day that she wanted to go out to take pictures of the clouds, which that day reminded her of the "clouds over the Everglades."
There are no Everglades by my place--no gators, no tall birds--although the big Metro parking lot seems to have an underground spring that keeps cracking the pavement on the down slope in one place. It's always at least damp there, no matter how often the grounds crew patches it.
We did have lovely clouds last night, though. I snapped this picture with my BlackBerry camera on the way home. Not 10 minutes after I got in the door, the first crack of thunder sounded, and it grew very dark as more big thunderheads moved in. There wasn't even time for me to put away my groceries and go outside for more photos before the clouds burst, and we had a real downpour.
P.S. About the dogwood tree....I bought a tree book that arrived two days ago. It wasn't the compendium I thought it would be, but it did enlighten me about the dogwood "flowers." The four white "petals" are really bracts--special leaves, not flower petals at all. The actual flower is the little round thing in the middle. The white bracts make a convenient, well-marked landing spot for insects looking for pollen in the flower itself. Never to old to learn something new! Notice how well the rain soaked everything last night. There are still drops of water on the leaves.