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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Somewhere…over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

“Over the Rainbow” Sung by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

I love weather this summer – hot during the day and then every single day, in the late afternoon or evening, we’ll get a half-hour of rain. Most of the time, it’s just a steady shower, enough to water the plants, wash away the heat, refresh the trees. Some days, the rain is fierce and pummels down so fast and furious that if we’re driving, we have to pull over. Both of our ponds have doubled in size this summer (the fish are happy – they have more room!)  

After the big storms, there’s always a rainbow to be found. The other night, the rain was especially crazy, but we were rewarded with a double-rainbow. No, I didn’t cry, but I was pretty close to tears (okay, I had a couple glasses of wine that night too). The rainbow was so incredibly vivid , you could see exactly where each color began and bled into the next color stripe. Oh, I wish you could have seen this with me. 

 



21 Responses to “Somewhere…over the rainbow”

  1. Nina — 8/25/11 @ 9:43 am

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing these.

  2. Bigbearswife — 8/25/11 @ 9:44 am

    Beautiful! I just love rainbows

  3. Joan Nova — 8/25/11 @ 9:54 am

    wow…all that beautiful property and rainbows too!

  4. Wendy W. — 8/25/11 @ 10:11 am

    I grew up in Florida, and the thing I miss the most are those gorgeous sunsets. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures!

  5. Kim Bee — 8/25/11 @ 10:43 am

    Gorgeous Jaden. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. Christienne — 8/25/11 @ 11:03 am

    Beautiful ! I saw my first double rainbow back in Nov 99 when my husband and I were on our honeymoon!

    We went to Hawaii to a few islands. On our way from Kauai to Maui while at the airport, I read in my Frommers book about Maui… and the first paragraph said:

    “If you are really lucky, you’ll see a rare double rainbow over Maui”

    We barely got to our room on arrival, I walked out onto the Lanai and there it was! A most magnificent double rainbow!

    It’s a sight to see for sure!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Bev Weidner — 8/25/11 @ 11:14 am

    My heart! The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time FAVORITE movies. I even played Dorothy in the community theater when I was 19!

    I know, not impressive. But it was still so rad!

  8. Those are pretty darn near perfect rainbows. We always see double rainbows at least a few times in Hawaii. It never gets old!

  9. Karriann Graf — 8/25/11 @ 1:50 pm

    Your rainbow photos are awesome…..did you take those recently? I see the beautiful palm tree below.

  10. Sherri M — 8/25/11 @ 5:26 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love double rainbows, it’s just a magical looking phenom to me and like you, makes me want to weep, even without the vino!

  11. Kathleen Dungan — 8/25/11 @ 5:54 pm

    Thank so very much for sharing this beauitful rainbow. the lyrics brought tears to my eyes because my mother use to sing this song to me when I was a child.

  12. Karen D. — 8/25/11 @ 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures. The rainbows I see have a mountain backdrop – it is great to see one over palm trees.

  13. Soren Lemche — 8/25/11 @ 11:56 pm

    GOD what a fantastic series of pictures. AWESOME.

  14. Suzanne Drews — 8/26/11 @ 10:00 am

    ~ Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. I live in Edgewater, FL, and after a storm or a sprinkle I go out looking for a rainbow. One thing Florida does offer is usually after a storm we still get to see the sun come out long enough for a sunset. Cry, yes I do when I see something so beautiful. I take a deep breath and realize how much God has given us. Not too long ago, I was the crazy neighbor who had to call my neighbors at 7:30 am to tell them to come out and see 2 1/2 rainbow. (They were thankful I did). I also think of Louis Armstrong’s, “It’s a Wonderful World”, when I see rainbows. <3 I recvd this today. Another beautiful sight. Wall Photos Fantastic view of the stars by James Hoffman. James says, "The Milky Way spangles the midnight sky near the summit of Clingmans Dome." The Great Smokey Mountains Association.

  15. Beachcomber — 8/29/11 @ 8:42 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I love rainbows. I don’t see too many rainbows where I live. It is especially nice seeing a double rainbow.

  16. joey — 8/30/11 @ 9:12 am

    Gorgeous!!! I love rainbows :) My dad, who is somewhat of a hippie, used to call me rainbow when I was younger :) Thanks for sharing this photo :)

  17. Anne — 9/3/11 @ 11:21 am

    Jaden,

    What wonderful photos. I’m a “Florida Girl”, on the East Coast.

    My job requires alot of travel, and when I’m home, and see these amazing skies, I always say “…and THIS is why I live in Florida!! How does it get any better than THIS!!”

    I always look forward to recieving your emails.

    Blessings!

    Anne

  18. Kim in MD — 9/6/11 @ 7:59 am

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow- one of my favorite songs of all time! I have seen a double rainbow, Jaden! It was in June of 2008. I was driving home and was listening to the coverage of Tim Russert’s (Meet The Press) funeral on satellite radio. I passed through a storm, and just as the funeral goers were leaving the service, the rain stopped. I was driving on the highway and saw a double rainbow! I pulled my car over and took some pictures with my phone. I couldn’t help but think that Tim was in heaven smiling down on everyone, letting them know that he was ok. I still get misty eyed thinking about it!

  19. Penny — 9/8/11 @ 7:42 pm

    Jaden you have a way with words as vivid as your way with the camera, thanks for bringing it all into my home :)

  20. Those are some beautiful shoots! Loving them all!

  21. Amanda — 9/9/11 @ 2:29 pm

    Holy smokes, these photos are incredible, girl! Love it! Can’t wait to see you soon in Nashville! :)

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