True to myth, April has been fairly rainy thus far, or was for two or three days this week. It’s a blessing here in North Texas, where we’re enduring a lengthy and moderate-to-severe (according to the National Drought Mitigation Center) drought, a curse to commuters, and a delight to my senses: the smell of ozone intoxicates, the cool drops tingle, the pitter-pat relaxes, and the light and color gleam.*

I love rain.

The first two days of the week were spent at Medicine Mound—pictures to follow, whenever I get around to editing the pictures: I’m trying to limit the time I spend at the desk. After 3 years of 40+ hour weeks at a desk job, plus the innumerable hours I spend surfing the internets, editing pictures, and researching at home, my arms and hands and back are beginning to show signs of decay, and I need to give them a break. I’ll continue the 7/52, but other posts will come about whenever I feel the body can afford another hour or three or ten at the desk, or perhaps from the phone.

These were taken Tuesday and Wednesday (April 2 and 3) with the D7000 and Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, perhaps), mostly at ISO800, a variety of AP-determined shutter speeds, and all wide open and mostly at 210mm. Selection and editing took less than 20 minutes in Lightroom.

*I avoid tasting rain around here, due to the vast quantities of pollutants in the atmosphere, but assume it would bring a similar delight.

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