This late summer, thundershowers fall infrequently around Abilene, Texas. Yet, some showers do fall about this west Texas city that lies close to the Brazos River and Buffalo Gap, a niche in the hills that allowed buffalo to migrate from north to central Texas in the nineteenth century, following the shortgrass and bluestem in their casual browsing.
Two days ago as I worked late at my office at Cisco College, I walked by three large sagebrush by the back entry door. A monarch butterfly floated by, floating and fluttering as if they are playing, and landed on one of the blossoms. But before I could draw my iPhone from my coat pocket, it flew away and out of my range to snap a picture. Alas, I was too slow on the draw. I followed it to a green clump of slender grasses and lost it, despite my intent search. The monarch had buried itself from my eyes, thinking me a raptor?
Yesterday, following the blooming sagebrush and my failure to photograph the butterfly, it rained about the city, to the north and west particularly. A rainbow emerged with the sun setting to the east. And, this morning, the temperatures were the coolest since May, a 61 degrees before sunup.
I think, if sagebrush blooms, can rain be far behind? And playing monarchs about the purple sage? Not far behind either.
- Buffalo Gap Cemetery (fridaycemeterysociety.wordpress.com)