july 2, 2013

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

golden rain tree
goldenrain tree

There are several Goldenrain trees around campus. They turn a beautiful yellow in summer. Rob Aken first told me about them: imports from Asia introduced to this country by the man who founded New Harmony, Indiana. Not long after this shot, one of our afternoon storms popped up, except this time, it was extreme. We got a great view of it from the library. Horizontal rain blowing, no swirling, 60-70 miles an hour from the southeast. It was so hard and so voluminous that visibility was down to just several feet, like fog. It wasn’t normal; more like straight-line winds or a downdraft than a thunderstorm, especially since there wasn’t a single crack of thunder or strike of lightning. Nearby, large trees folded like sticks into the streets. Not the golden rain trees though. In 10 minutes we easily had 1/2″ to 3/4″ of rain. Below is what happens to “the bowl” when it comes a gully washer like that. You can actually see the water from the storm drains boiling up in the photo on the right.

originally a pond again
originally a pond again

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