the cloud-gathering has begun

Yesterday was the first afternoon of summer that featured the special kind of smell in the air, the gathering clouds, the soft driving breezes of monsoon season. The rains don’t usually start until July 4th, so this makes me wonder if they might be coming a bit early this year….

First Monsoonish Sky of 2013

If so, I’d better get those rain barrels I keep meaning to set up set up. The new arbor outside my bedroom was built with a slanted roof, meant for rain collection.