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The Darkness of an Early Morning

The storm rolled through northwest Pensacola, Florida this morning with a fury of raindrops tearing at my windows. Deep resounding thunder boomed in the background, while fierce slashes of lightning tore through the dark skies. Flocks of cranes swarmed to the fields near my home, waiting for the rain to make temporary lakes filled with bugs ready for the taking. It was a glorious morning and I reveled in the beauty exploding all around me. The trees heavy with bloom, drooped in the rain.

The gloom was deep in the field. My flash went off for the top picture.

This was closer to how it looked. At 8 am the street lights out front of our houses were still lit. Tornado watches and flash flood watches were issued quickly.

Through the horse-hole after the rains departed.

The cranes were air born! Breakfast time!

The trees heavy in bloom smell like lilacs.

This Sunday interlude to your day was inspired by, The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, “Early Bird.”

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, I loved seeing you all!


About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Hello Colleen! You described my morning here in south Florida with the exception of the cranes. There was a tornado warning and we were told to take shelter immediately. So I was in the bathroom with my two dogs for about an hour. Ha, ha! Too bad. I prefer looking at the rain and lightning. I’m glad you’re okay. 😀

    • Oh Vashti! I am just glad you all are o.k. The storms are so intense sometimes it is best to be safe than sorry. I lived in Okeechobee, FL years ago. I remember that part of South Florida well. Have a wonderful day. <3

  2. Love your pictures. Early morning is my favorite time of day.

  3. Wonderful wet, green morning in your photographs. Beautiful.

  4. Beautifully soaked, Colleen. Great Sunday start!

  5. Great idea for pics!

  6. Very atmospheric and it looks great although it can be very dangerous at times, I’m sure.

  7. As always, Colleen—beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us 😀

  8. I could almost smell the heady scent from the drooping blossom.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  9. I know they are dangerous, but thunderstorms have always appealed to me. Something about the unbridled power of nature. We had a glassed-in front porch growing up and it was the only one on the block that we could be in during a storm. (false sense of security). Send them up to the northeast ! ☺ Van

    • LOL Van. I love the storms too. I wanted to head out for a walk, but it is not safe with the thunder and lightning in the area. Best to say in and watch from outside the window. <3

      • One time we were walking along a locals’ beach spot called Sunset (where I saw my first green flash at sunset) and it was storming and blowing like mad. I love being out in storms and am not scared at all, figuring it’s my own stupid fault if I got struck my lightning or something. But, there was a car parked under a tall half-dead tree, with some people in it. So, I impulsively ran over to the car and banged on the window, even though I usually just mind my own business, interrupting two kids making out. They were pissy, but rolled down the window. I was like “you’d better move your car so it’s not parked under the tree.” They were still mad, but grudgingly moved their car away from the tree, but still facing in that direction. Within about a minute after they did that, the whole top of the tree snapped off and landed right where the car had been. The kids did an immediate 360 and headed down the road towards us. Their faces were white as milk as pulled up next to us to give us a shaky thank you. LOL No idea why I rambled on with that story, but…

  10. I hope it’s headed our way (south of you)! We need the rain! It keeps teasing like it’s going to rain, but it doesn’t. 🙂

  11. Oh I hope all is OK now? Tornado watch?
    The photos definitely show how powerful a storm it was…
    Have a glorious early bird start to your Sunday!

  12. Must have been some heavy rain to tell from the big puddles…

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