Sonnet challenge #36

It was inevitable.  At some point someone was going to challenge me to write a sonnet about Covid-19.  Despite my science background, I was mostly inspired by the roadwork at the corner of Highway 86 and State route 22.

Behind the cones

Workers dismissed, how long for, they don’t know.
Equipment lying folded by the street’s
half torn-up surface; they’ve been here for weeks –
the crane, the gravel truck, the red back-hoe,
all wondering if they’re going to start again.
It’s been a month now since the workers left –
something is wrong – the world’s been set adrift
and they are out here rusting in the rain
that’s also started to erode the work
they’ve done so far. Nature takes back the earth
freed from the blacktopl strange kind of rebirth
spawned from the fear of one small viral quirk.
One day when covid-19’s finally gone
the work behind the cones will carry on.

Newer work #94

I love the desert rain when you can see it falling from a distance – sometimes the air below being so dry the rain never reaches the ground – the effect known as virga.

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#1409 Desert Virga. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5.5″ in mat to fit 10×8 frame. $45.
Contains the haiku:
Desert virga falls,
precipitation transforms
into a thin veil.

Tales from the field #32

Tomorrow is Black Friday and I’m a retailer so I’ll be at a show in Palm Springs.  Today is Thanksgiving so I wanted to find something to be thankful for:

Silverado on a flooded street

The flood got deeper as I continued the setup

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that:

  • the rain I set up my tent in was merely heavy rain and not freezing
  • that it wasn’t windy so I could put the walls up without having to put the weights on first
  • that my booth is on a well drained grassy slope
  • that my truck was ignored by Palm Springs finest, alongside the red curb and half in a flood, with the park anywhere lights on
  • that my truck has a heater because I was soaked from my head to my hips and my feet to my thighs
  • that my truck was able to navigate the floods along Ramon Road
  • that there weren’t any crazy fast drivers who caused a crash on the freeway
  • that I decided to go for this wet setup so I don’t have to get up at 4 am to set up tomorrow
  • that I am writing this listening to the rain on my roof while a turkey cooks

Tales from the field #20

I’ll take any kind of water – rain, hail, flood, fog, sleet, snow – (I’ve only so far done shows with the first 4) – and even earthquakes (yes, been there done that) over wind any day.  Wind is the true 4-letter word.  Nevertheless, it’s not easy to set up in the rain.

partially set up booth, with rain

The ground was sodden when I got there, hence tarps under everything. The 4th wall is doubling as a second ground tarp inside the booth.

Soaked items include: sneakers, socks, jeans, inside of truck tailgate (it has rug), some corners of the cardboard boxes, eventually the outside of the partial walls you see set up, hoodie, mat bin, cooler, ground tarp.  The weather forecast for Litchfield Park, AZ, though is better for the actual show days.

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.

As ever a pleasure to pass on the Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.  Now I have to just think of the best reason for them to visit Salton City on that US trip!

Monthly Newsletter

Here’s the monthly what’s-happening-in-the-skyscape-world newsletter.  Powerful storms!  We certainly live in a wacky climate.

Tales from the field #16

Well, it is sky, after all.  That is my biggest inspiration. Set up in warm weather on Friday, regretting not having brought a pair of shorts and a tank top with me!  But there were a few clouds around.

In the evening I was outside at the airbnb where I was staying in Cornville – about 25 mins drive to the south east. There were clouds and a beautiful double rainbow.  At one point I thought there was a hint of a triple, which is a first-time-in-my-life experience for me.  Unfortunately I was on the phone so didn’t catch the triple.

Double rainbow in Cornville

Double rainbow in Cornville

Today was a nice day until about 11am.  Then we started with a steady drizzle.  At about 2:30 it let up a little, enough to run to the restroom.  From there I could see these clouds low between the mountains.

Rainy weather over Sedona

My booth is on the row second from the right, with the white wall hanging out covering half of the front.

We were thinking tomorrow will be better, but I’ve just looked at the forecast.  <sigh>.