6 months of Desert, 6 months of torrential rain.
That's our climate. I did see a map once that said that Fort Lauderdale and coastal Broward County are considered a Rainforest Climate according to the Koppen criteria.
It never freezes here, but it gets damn close.
The rains just finally opened up this week. They got so strong and so commonplace, even though they're late, that my dog is going through Panic Attacks going out at night.
I will say that it's probably due to the combination of Rain, Thunder, and Fireworks that happen this week. If I had a place way out away from everyone, we would be there.
The nice thing is that when you get up in the morning, the world is washed clean. You have the streets scoured of anything that was killed on them over the last few months, the dust runs off to the soil, and the air smells cleaner than usual.
Where I am, 2 1/2 miles or about 4 K from the ocean, there isn't much pollution coming from the east. What we do get are dust clouds from the Sahara Desert.
As in every time I take the Jeep out I have to hose it down.
As in I just spent an hour dusting the room divider of that stuff.
Going out into the morning makes you see why things are green and lush. My plants are loving this weather. I'm liking going out after a rain storm and seeing temperatures edging down towards what passes for cool here.
The plants are dusted clean, and usually there's a mist covering their leaves.
That is what caught my eye. I was walking around my yard picking up things. In the corner of my eye, my Banana Tree sparkled this morning. Like one of those cartoons when you see things cleaned and you hear "ping ping PING!".
The leaves were misted with tiny jewels of water droplets. Each droplet catching the light like a band of that reflective paint. Some bending the light and giving me a show.
I've said it before, if you look, you can even find beauty in your own back yard and in your own pots.
In this case, I caught it, even if it did have to be enhanced by the sun in the golden hour after sunrise.