"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Storm a'coming

"Storm a'Coming," Today's watercolor, 5.5 by 8.5
On the Great Plains, you can see the weather coming. 
Rural people know how to read the sky, the changes, the dangers, the blessings. We sit in our urban homes, read the internet or TV radar maps and forecasts, the horizons obscured by buildings and traffic. 
I love the  weather maps...they tell me what I would  already know if I lived in a ranch house where, as Willa Cather put it in "Death Comes for the Archbishop," Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky."

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