a gloomy evening

Hello everyone; once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, the Semi-Fearless One, filling in for the guy I live with who is preoccupied with other things. You may remember me from such posts as “Dumb Garden Pictures” and “A Partly Sad Story”, among so many others.

It’s a gloomy evening here on the western edge of Denver, with thunder and rain, and of course that’s pretty scary, so after I’m done here –it won’t be long–I’ll have to be cuddled and maybe find a place to hide. It seems like all it does here is thunder. At least I was able to go on my walk.


Okay, now, let’s talk about dumb garden pictures. Right before I had to go inside because of the thunder–and now the rain–the guy I live with thought it might be a “good idea” to take some pictures of the garden. Here I am, right before I had to go in. In fact, actually starting for the back door. It might have been a good idea to use the tripod, too, but apparently he can only have one good idea at a time.


He says when it gets really dark all you can see of me is the white. Very funny. The funny thing is that it’s raining, and he left the sprinkler on yesterday for so long he was afraid the Water Police would show up at our front door. I would have scared them away, of course. Unless it was thundering.

Anyway, as the guy I live with would remind me, he pioneered the type of garden photography I’m about to post, even though, if you ask me, this whole thing is extremely dumb. Give him a camera and he thinks he’s an artist.


Granted, the garden does look best when viewed at this time of the evening.


The shade garden. He forgot that the sprinkler was there. He planted some little oaks yesterday and wanted to give them a good drink.


A bunch of yuccas.


A bunch of chollas.


Looking across the rock garden. The prayer flags are still there, and he does remember to water the plants from time to time.


Part of the “lawn”, with Sporobolus airoides, one of his favorite grasses.


The rock garden on the south side, and the shed.


Well, thank goodness, that’s it. He promises he won’t do this again. But he does claim that the fuzziness lends an “air of mystery”.

I have to go now. I’ll see you next time, when the sun is shining on the garden.

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9 Responses to a gloomy evening

  1. petabunn says:

    How awful about the constant thunder Chess, I am not afraid of thunder because we never get rain here, my girl’s garden is now just about completely dead because of this. How I wish it would rain especially now as there are already bushfires happening today near where I live. I do look forward to seeing new posts from you, keep it up Chess.

  2. Fisher, the Wonder Dog says:

    Really likes the image of the “lawn”. Maybe we could see some shots through night vision goggles next time?

  3. Vivian Swift says:

    I love a moonlight garden even when there’s no moonlight! Who knew that silver-toned plants also illuminate in the low light? I, who would never go out in my own backyard in the dark because I’m terrified of walking into a spider web, salute you.

    I also love it that Chess glows in the dark. And thank you, Colorado, for sending your heat and thunderstorms out way here on the Long Island Sound. We’re going up to 90 degrees tomorrow with chance of rain!

    • paridevita says:

      64 here (about 17C) and sprinkling.
      Running into spider webs is something I do rather a lot. Friend of mine who was in Kenya said you’ve never really run into a spider web until you’ve run into one 40 feet across (that’s 12.19 meters). Yuck.

  4. melanie says:

    It rained all night up at my house last night. Only a little thunder early in the evening. It’s rained almost every evening since the beginning of July. We keep trying to send it your way but no luck, I guess.

  5. Dear Chess, your weather soon should change. Those who are supposed to know attribute our recent spate of humid, hot days to monsoons in the Pacific and *something* sitting over and not moving from your part of Colorado. Since our weather has returned to its usual nice normal, nice normal for your part of the world should show up too. Hope abides.

    • paridevita says:

      Yeah. The guy I live with is tired of “the monsoon”. Colorado doesn’t really have a monsoon, just a bunch of clouds and endless darkness and occasional heavy rain. The state does not have a monsoonal flora like western Texas, southern Arizona and New Mexico. Though probably quite a bit of that flora is due to selection by hummingbirds heading to Cancun for the winter.
      However, rain is always welcome. It’s all the rest that comes with it that gets tiresome.

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