Photo Friday images of soaking rains, summer colors, and a Golden Retriever

…on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights. – Genesis 7:11-12

Now that was a lot of rain! But surprisingly with almost no wind at all. Tropical storm “Elsa” (Rebekah pointed out it would have been a better name for a winter storm) moved directly over the Raleigh area Thursday, dumping somewhere around 4-5 inches here in Wake Forest.

Rain is not easy to photograph, but I think these images give the impression. It is comforting to see how well the runoff moves around and away from our house, but still eye-opening to see actual streams on our property.

I was walking in downtown when a particularly heavy band came through. So I sought shelter in the hardware store and emerged a few minutes later with a brand-new golf umbrella.

Beautiful colors:
– Max outside Maul Hall this week

My other “Photo-Friday” images cover the amazing color summer brings. Day lilies around the mailbox, crepe myrtles on the street corner, begonias on the deck, Max sitting on the driveway.

Again, I am grateful to be living in such a picturesque community and such an idyllic town in such a beautiful region of such a lovely state.

Peace, and enjoy an amazing weekend – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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