Mother Nature was a fearful sight last night. The radio and television stations had been warning Melbourne citizens in Australia that a wild storm, flash flooding and possible disruption to public transport was on it's way.
"Take care" the radio announcers yelled at me all day. "Stay in town and see the storm out before travelling home" cried the television news updates. The tempest display was expected to hit between 4pm and 7pm. Early morning discharged huge amounts of rain, then at lunch time sun poured down in hot and over-bearing glory. My garden revelled in the attention.
Basically it was a beautiful day.
By 4pm I was outside picking my precious roses to save them from damage. I put everything away that might get hurled around in the storm.
By 5pm the wind was gathering momentum and the birds were no longer singing in the trees, they were starting to panic.
By 6pm my son was home from work and calling out " Mum, get out here".
"They sky is amazing. It's the end of the world", he yelled over the howling wind.
With trusty digital camera in hand I stood and stared at the sky in awe. There was no fear, the 'fight or flight' response didn't kick in, this display of nature was beautiful.
When I finally took control of my senses, I started snapping.
This was amazing, rarely do we get storms like this.
This magnificent display was followed by heaving rain and flash flooding just as they had predicted.
Mother Nature was actually teasing us, by 7pm she had all but blown away over our home and taken her anger further across the land.
It was a mighty display and today everything is back to normal. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the wind is blowing. My garden survived and is loving the abundance of rain and sun that nature bestowed upon it these last 24 hours.
I wonder what she has in store for us next?