Another Storm

My neighbors tree that landed on my pig barn.

My neighbor’s tree that landed on my barn.

It has been a tough year for farmers near O-Towns. There have been a number of storms with high winds (40-60 mph) and heavy rains (4-5 inch downpours). In the last month, I have counted 5 of these storms. Yesterday morning rain and high winds struck again, bringing down one of my neighbor’s huge ash trees onto my goat barn.
There doesn’t appear to be much damage to my little barn but there is a lot of trees to remove.
I guess I didn’t realize how much chainsaw work I was in for when I moved to this farm. I should have had an inkling of the potential winds of the area when I noticed all the wind farms dotting the horizon.
O-Towns, it turns out, is right on the edge of the Buffalo Ridge. The geography of the area features a glacial drift left over from the last ice age. Because of the higher altitudes of this massive pile of rocks and constant wind speeds, this portion of the prairie is ideal for generating alternative energy with wind farms.
I am definitely going to check out the feasibility of having a smaller wind generator on my property.

Rainstorm Reverie

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
-Duke Ellington

Beyond The Sunset Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer* http://www.stuartglazer.com

Beyond The Sunset
Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer*
http://www.stuartglazer.com

Listen to the thunder
Carried on endless sky
Echoing distant drum beats
Of a timpani’s rumbling cry.

A backlit edge of heaven
Charged by wind and rain
Nature’s dancing rhythm
That refused to be restrained.

A pillow is my refuge
As the storm rattles and blows.
Rain strikes the window
As I hide behind my throws.

I crave tomorrow’s sunshine
Forecasters promised me.
A day washed clean of worries
To share with family.

-Clarence Holm