You would think, and I did as I scaled the side of the stock trailer and pulled myself up onto its roof, that this cloud would bring destructive weather to the farm. It looked so full of doom. But it did not. The long  black cloud merely tipped its sprinkling hat and rolled rumbling by without a second glance.Valerie passed Camera House up to me on my high perch then she climbed up onto the bed of the big truck parked next to the stock trailer and we watched the weather pass.


We did get some rain during the evening, but for our wee farm in this low point in this lowest area of the surrounding low plains the storms were heaving with loud bark and no bite.


From my vantage point I watched the clouds boil past as the cows with calves in tow headed out into the cooling fields and the pigs enjoyed the breeze.



The dark came with Alaskan swiftness and as we headed back into the kitchen, other clouds moved in and the rain began to fall. All the drama weather took itself elsewhere leaving us with the prescribed half inch of good growing rain.



Let’s look at this one again – it really is quite a magnificent image.


Remember that if you like an image from the blog just steal it. No need to ask permission. If you reprint it or publish it,  in any medium, please give me credit. Otherwise – go ahead – print it on photocopy paper and pin it on your kids walls (or your wall – after all that is the best use of a wall), with my blessings.

Yesterday we  cleared a bed of overgrown asparagus, the weeds came out really easily. In this humidity and with that rain last night I am sure we will be picking some good feeds very soon. My beds are a good seven years old so we can pick for a while without damaging next years crop. And Valerie loves asparagus too!

Last night we made a tarte tartin with mulberries. The mulberry trees are heaving with fruit. There will be a mulberry something every day! Today mulberry sorbet! Then mulberry jam.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Wednesday 20% Precip. / 0 in
Generally cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 80F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night 60% Precip. / 0.08 in
Cloudy skies this evening followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Low 66F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.



82 Comments on “THE DOOM CLOUD

  1. GOLLY GOSH! That is one stinker of a storm wherever it broke…I can just imagine thunder lightening crashing and banging and lighting up the sky. It is so black ,, a real humdinger! I love the skies when they are full of anger..there is so much energy up there ..its quite frightening, yet it is exciting.. Indeed the cloud formation is really spectacular , God can make lovely patterns even with big dark clouds. Happy that you and Valeria are enjoying such lovely fruits..sounds yummy! Take care all of you..people and animals…love to all from me in BG

  2. forgot to say ..I think that addition to post yesterday and maybe today is due to my computer going wrong last week and the man in the shop put Avast on as security..I don’t think its anything to worry about

    lots o love p

  3. Those clouds look low enough for you to reach up and touch them! Purple mouths and fingers will be the order of the day for awhile too 🙂 Laura

  4. Watching the weather and clouds is a favorite thing for me. That gorgeous thing was a shelf cloud.

  5. Spectacular cloud! You could sell that to a special effects company for ‘alien invasion clouds’…
    I envy you the mulberries. Do you like gin? Mulberry gin is lovely: Mix together 3 cups mulberries, 2 pints medium quality gin, 1 cup sugar (for a not too sweet result). Mix sugar and fruit, put into a 4 pint container with a lid and stir well. Cover and keep in a dark, cool place for 3 months, then strain out the fruit, pressing out the juice. Probably best not to give the pressed fruit to the pigs, as it’ll be very alcoholic. Pour the strained gin into a clean container and return to storage for at least 6 months to mature. You can do it with vodka too, but the flavour of gin goes very well with mulberries. Just don’t spill it on yourself when you drink it. Not only would it waste the drink, but it stains like the devil…

    • Oh Kate – you are priceless! ‘Medium-quality gin’ . . . ? You mean you’ll make the poor darling mulberries bear the whole taste and value burden . . . 🙂 ? Sugar: this is like making vintage wine . . . . may just try . . .

      • My point was that there’s no use using the cheap and nasty stuff because still you’ll be able to taste it’s cheap, but equally no point in pouring in your precious bottle of Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray No.10 because the mulberries will be quite emphatic! Gordons will do nicely…

        • *laugh* OK! Gordon’s it will be . . . . . personally like Tanqueray if I get past wine . . . .

  6. Wow!! Is that what it looks like when tornados are brewing Celi? It is a great year for the mulberries here as well, but we’re a little behind you yet; ). Enjoy!

      • Recently the local weather guy showed a picture similar to yours and he called it a ‘roll cloud’. I just googled and several pictures popped up with similar characteristics. I did see some radar of last night for the North Central part of the US. Looked like some rough weather for folks. Just wish we could get a cool shower , its been pretty miserable around here lately. Love all your farm reports. I had a good country garden last year, not so much this year (weather, seed germination and then the deer took what little germinated). My little city garden may be all I have this year, provided the ‘city deer’ leave it alone.

        M in NC

        • Yes. I love how different parts of the world have different names for things. Whatever their label they are impressive . Those deer- I don’t know why we never have trouble with deer / the dogs I suppose-

  7. Really terrific photographs. I’m ready for a bit of sun, no humidity and some dry out of the planting beds. We’re in clay soil, so total dry out is aka: cement. Mulberries, heard of them but not sure I would recognise them or the bush. Mulberry wine too perhaps?

  8. I’m glad the shelf didn’t topple on you all. Just a gentle spill. Wonderful photos of the impending doom.

  9. Thanks for the photo permission. I might just print one out for my wall. Those barn shots really are fab.
    I’m so jealous about your mulberries. I found a fabulous mulberry two blocks away a few years ago with berries the size of my thumb. I went back the following year and they’d cut the tree down. *sniff* I really don’t understand people sometimes.

  10. Big skies are such a canvas…if you’re not worried about hail and tornadoes you can enjoy the ever changing artistry. (What storm clouds we all seem to be having – this is the time for porch/window watching for sure)
    Love that last picture of barn, cloud roll and chickens accents

  11. That cloud looks like a freight train headed off into the upper distance. Mulberry concoctions, I’m jealous. I’m sure Tima is enjoying them too.

  12. ooooh! I love the anticipation of ‘something’s coming’ with clouds like those! Making me homesick for our farm in Cottage Grove, Oregon when clouds like that would come roiling and boiling through!!! Thank you for sharing these with us, Ceci!

  13. Reblogged this on albits and commented:
    Following this farm journal through the year gives me an awareness of the beauty and mystery of a world I seldom experience, living as I do among brick buildings and lots of concrete. I encourage friends to visit. You will meet new friends too, like Boo and Tane and especially my man Wai Wai.

  14. Love the photo! Definitely reminds me of my childhood in the midwest! Also the black and white photo looks straight out of the movie the Wizard of Oz, just need to see the evil school teacher riding her bike!

  15. Great clouds, very threatening.
    I miss having mulberries. None here at all. I would pick them while out in the dog yard with the boys, I had a lovely old white mulberry tree which produced plump purple-black berries. Muberries on ice cream, mulberries in a dish with just a little sprinkle of sugar and my maternal grandmother used to make mulberry jelly. I did see that there are elderberry blossoms out in the forest preserves, I miss her elderberry jelly too.

  16. Those pictures are SPECTACULAR. I love the rich colors that gather under clouds, don’t you? As if the doom cloud is giving you your last chance on earth to deeply enjoy being a sentient being.

  17. Those photos of the storm are quite shocking, I am glad that they did not turn into much. We have had some pretty serious winds here (many big old trees have broken) but the sky has never quite looked that emotional.

  18. Have you ever seen the ‘Morning Glory’ cloud formation? Your cloud is similar. Both are spectacular! xx

  19. Incredible photos…We get weather like that too up our mountain. The clouds pass through the gorge to reach us, sometimes heading away, other times rolling in right overhead. Don’t think I’ve ever eaten a mulberry!

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