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Oak Tree and Gray Sky Over Tulane

June 3rd, 2010

All that humidity? Yeah, it was a long preamble to today’s downpours. It was sunny and thick when I left for work this morning, but by the time class had let out the streets were ponding with water and I was wishing I’d gotten those fenders on the Surly yesterday. Always tomorrow with the damn fenders! Anyway, I poured the rain out of my helmet and headed to the library to pick up a book I’ve been anxiously awaiting via that magic bit of socialism known as Interlibrary Loan. I picked it up and went to get on the bike only to be faced with a wall of water. Sigh. I waited for it to stop, which it did, and then I snapped a picture of one of these most beautiful oak trees against the gray storm-sky. What you can’t see is how the white clouds turn gray and then steel on the way to the horizon. It’s not the brilliant blue, but it is so lovely in its own way. I decided to try to beat the (storm) system at the first break of the rain and headed out on Freret. I stopped to take a picture of a house, overgrown with both weeds and iron railing, and felt the drops as I dug the camera out of the pannier. Nope, didn’t make it. I was soaked through by the time I made it to the Louisiana and S. Saratoga post office rain shelter, but I didn’t really care; I was in the mood for rain. Fenders. Tomorrow. Probably.

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