A Walk After The Storm

Finally, we have been getting some some rain. They come as small afternoon storms after a very hot day. I love the smell of rain, the rattle of thunder and feel of stormy winds. I like to stand under the carport and watch the storms roll in. Here is a picture of the sky as a storm was approaching.


After the storm was over, the sun started peeping back through the clouds. It was now safe for us to journey out for our walk.

A quarter mile up the road, I came across a dead clown. Yes I poked at it and made sure it was dead if that even matters. I threw it up in a tree just for kicks. The next day, it was back in the road again so I tossed it back into the tree. It is sill there. Its creepy looking but every time we drive past it, we get laugh.


As we were walking around the neighborhood, I noticed a tree that looked like it had long string beans hanging from it. I texted my mom and asked her what kind of tree was this? The only answer she could give me was that it looked like just a vine. Thanks mom!


I did a quick search online and found out that its a "Catalpa Tree" aka Indian Bean tree. The bean pods grow up to two feet long. These trees are often planted by fishermen because they attract award winning fish bait called the catalpa worm. The worms can actually be frozen for a year then thawed and used when fishing time comes around. Cool huh.

Walking on down the street a little ways, I came across another tree, but this one had what looked like pea pods hanging from it. So I snapped another photo.


One google search later, I found out that its an "Eastern Red bud Tree". In the spring, this tree promotes a beautiful purple pink floral showcase. In the summer, the seeds pod and look like peas.

Funny how some things you never really notice until after a storm. Much like life itself.

The clown? I'm not sure of its story but obviously, no one wants to mess with it.

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  1. The clown would have had me turning round and heading for home.
    Love the storm clouds though.

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    1. Never been afraid of clowns but they are not one of my favorite things.

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  2. The clown in the street left there by Mother Nature or a child? Interesting to be sure. What really put it there? And why the tree couldn't keep it's company.

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    1. The road is in front of a school so no telling where it came from.

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  3. clowns..seems most of us either love them or are scared to death of them...different movies have made us about half afraid of them....

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  4. I've seen pods like that in my mother's yard before

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    1. Dont eat them and dont smoke them either.

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    6. WE must be kin. I love seeing the storms roll in and the accompanying show. When I was a kid we called the long beans, "Indian Cigars" (or it sure looks like them) Funny, I associated them with the Naive American (we call Indians). If they are, we boys smoked them. LOL
    7. I enjoyed your walk and I am glad the clown didn't wiggle when you poked it! ;-)

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    1. Hmm Ive heard of indian cigars but never knew what they were talking about. Thanks jack.

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  6. I love the smell of a summer rain too.
    Funny about the clown. There are a lot of people that don't like clowns.
    I know the red bud tree by there heart shaped leaves. The trees are so pretty in spring with their purple buds.

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  7. I love the rain. To me it symbolizes refreshing... newness. Thank you for sharing this.

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  8. I love to see storm clouds and dark skies and then the rain. I had to laugh at your dead clown. HaHa! I wonder if your Catalpa tree and worms are the same as our Catawba tree and worms. My neighbor has one that looks similar and she uses the worms to fish with.

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    1. The neighbors yard this tree is in, he likes to fish so I bet thats why its there.

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  9. Such a lovely walk you had after storm dear hope it was the light one,here we are also waiting for rain so desperately, your pics are beautiful and the answer you got from your mom is cute ,in daylights clowns are bearable but in nights I feel uncomfortable looking at them

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  10. I don't think I've ever seen one of those.

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  11. I love summer thunderstorms too. I find clowns scary. Lol. The trees are interesting too. :)

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