Sun and Sunday

Sun and Sunday
monarch butterfly on butterfly weed

You can feel the season changing. Fall is coming. Rain, and the rainy sound of cicadas. Temps in the 60’s feel more like 50’s.  In the past few days, people have gone from shorts and T-shirts to hoodies and jeans. My furnace came on overnight!

The virus is still with us.  It changed  all the things we would do in the summer, and will be affecting how we live this fall as well. That is our reality, now.

The weather has been challenging, too. After the storms  on August 10, there are still fallen trees and damage here. Since then,  Hurricane Laura has ravaged Louisiana,  some parts still suffering from Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.  And the hurricane season is far from over.

Meanwhile, wildfires are burning in California and the Pacific Northwest. There are fire-tornadoes and fire-clouds! The red sky over San Francisco has been called apocalyptic. You’ve seen the photos. This is what climate change looks like.

Here’s the National Weather Service outlook for today–

And here, in Chicago it’s sun and Sunday. The milkweed pods are ripening, and there are many monarch butterflies. The waning crescent moon in the morning light was so beautiful! Yes, there is so much beauty in this world.

Even in these uncertain and pandemic times, there is beauty, and hope and courage. Every day.

Filed under: nature, seasons, weather


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  • There is beauty indeed. Thank you for observing it and pointing it out to us all.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I'm so happy to share it with you. Thank you for reading!

  • "The world is full of Beautiful Things,
    butterfly wings,
    fairy-tale kings.
    And each new day undoubtedly brings
    still more Beautiful Things."

    Leslie Bricusse "Doctor Doolittle"

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That's wonderful, AW. Thank you!

  • Looks like it's actually Hurricane Sally that's going to inundate where Katrina did.The one thing I remember from 2005 was that it was so dry around here that it sucked the life out of Hurricane Rita (which more closely approached Laura's path). Sort of like Hurricane Poncho. Similarly, having names like Sally and Teddy seems to diminish them.

    As for Sunday in Chicago, it was the last condo pool day, but at 72 degrees, I wasn't up for that.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. Yes, Katrina and Laura did not follow the same path. But both affected vulnerable parts of Louisiana, some of which are still recovering from Katrina. Laura damage very bad. I hope you're right about Sally.

    Oh my, were people using the pool??? I hope you did get a chance to enjoy the sun!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Tm not sure what you think I said about Sally other than it had a wimpy name. The real test will be whether the flood controls installed after Katrina will work this time.

    There were people going to the pool,but one was a guy who is always there. It did not seem warm enough to dry off on a deck lounge, but I did sit on the lounge on my patio for a while. Most of the day was sitting in front of football on the tube.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks again, Jack. Here's an update on Sally--now a category 2 hurricane, forecast to make landfall along the Mississippi coast, late Tuesday.

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