We're still in rainy western Oregon and, although we'd almost given up, last week we did get some more blue sky after all.
It rained hard all day long last Friday. Then finally - about 5:30 -- the rain seemed like it was letting up a little so I grabbed raincoat, camera, and umbrella and headed out for a quick neighborhood walk before dinner (and dark). Not even half an hour into the walk the skies completely cleared. And it was as if the sun was packing all the brightness it could into the last few minutes of the day.
It burnished the trees and made even prosaic buildings glow.
This beautiful yard is on the corner of a street across from a City Park a few blocks from where we live. It's been more picture-worthy than the Park all summer long and it still shines in mid-October. Here are just a few of the flowers -- on a different day's walk between showers.
Roses are no longer at their peak, but this one was still beautiful in all its faded glory.
You have to look a little harder for natural beauty on rainy days in the city -- but it is definitely still out here!