I woke up yesterday to a brilliant ball of fire in the sky…
As we approach my birthday month, February 2019 is now the wettest February on record for North Alabama, with 12.60″ of rain (as of Saturday, February 24th). February 23rd broke the record for the most rainfall recorded on that date.
It’s all been a bit much. Day after day of gray skies and torrential rain can do a number on the human psyche. Symptoms of winter Seasonal Affective Disorder often include oversleeping or difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, and a tendency to over eat, often with a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain (yeah, we’ll blame it on that).
So when I woke up on Sunday the 24th and noticed thin slivers of orange light intruding upon my bedroom, I rushed outside and sat on my porch simply allowing the rays of sunlight to absorb into my skin. It felt wonderful…
The next thing I did was to grab my DSLR and iPhone and drive up to Little River Canyon National Preserve to get some shots of the rainwater making its way from the mountaintops, roaring with an awesome power. I recorded some video of this extraordinary sight.
Pretty amazing. I also created a still landscape of the scene for good measure (below).
I could have used a little less sunshine to drag the shutter a bit more to get that streaming effect from a long exposure, but alas, what you see here was at 100 iso at F22 and about 1/15th of a second. You can get a bit of the effect, but it would have been more pronounced if I’d gotten there an hour earlier with my tripod. Oh well, I would have missed out on the cool rainbow if I had.
I rushed up there still wearing my pajamas and my winter coat. Didn’t even think about it because no one was there when I first arrived. Shared a photo to Facebook and people suddenly swarmed.
Anyway, this is how I geek out these days. All thirsty for sunshine, rainbows, and waterfalls on my day off. It was a good one and much welcomed.