Last Thursday night (or Friday morning) I woke up to the sound of thunder and flashes of lightning. This has become a fairly common occurence since the rainy season started in January. We have been so happy with the good roof and great drainage around our home and our chicken coop, so generally we do not worry too much about the rain, but this night the rain seemed to be extra intense!
At 3:10 AM the entire room was lit up with a bright flash of lightning and it was followed at once by a huge blast of thunder and a crashing sound. I got out of bed and walked around to see if the house was damaged, but, thanks be to God, all seemed well and we went back to sleep. The next morning we discovered that a large tree in the neighbor’s yard had been hit by lightning and half of the tree had split off and fallen upon and over the wall on our southwest corner.
This picture was taken after Ramon and I had worked with machetes and clippers to move the fallen tree from two small palm trees we have in that corner.
The wall saved the palm trees from too much damage, but one of them only has one frond left with some new growth in the middle.
But, do not worry! Review our last post to see how quickly things grow and recover here in Ecuador. Ramon assured me the damaged palm will be fine in a couple of months.
Then two nights ago, the night after we published the post about the fig tree and plants around the trellis we had a storm that pounded out two or three inches of rain in about an hour! The rain fell so hard that I thought it sounded like hail. I went out yesterday morning to see how the plants had survived. The fig tree had taken a pounding, but no branches had snapped off.
And the maracuyá vines were a bit cowed, but, for the most part were unmoved by the wind and rain.
This next photo shows the long tendrils on the plants that reach out and grasp other vines and the bamboo slats to hold the tender vines in place.
The leaves of our big Croton bush were beaten downward by the heavy rain.
And the small flowers that Javier had transplanted from some volunteer flowers that had sprouted up in the yard survived the deluge.
Luckily they were planted just close enough to the house to miss the heavy downpour that comes in rivulets off the corrugated roof.
While I was outside the morning sun peeked over the hill on our east and the plants responded to the warmth. Before I went back inside the fig tree was already standing back up and the leaves were turning to greet the sunshine.
Then this morning while I was organizing these photos I read several accounts of the widespread catastrophic rain and flooding in Peru. Our area is right next to the ocean and has sandy porous soil that drains well. The heaviest rain is absorbed or runs off into the sea in a matter of hours. Some areas of Peru are bone dry deserts with hard packed soil that normally receive less than three inches of rain a year. One such city there has already had more than twenty-five inches of rain. The rivers have overflowed and mud has come down from the hillsides.
This link has some telling photographs showing what the people of Peru are suffering through:
There have been over 80 deaths in Peru since December blamed on the flooding and with the sewer systems flooded it seems likely that disease and further problems are coming. Please join us in praying for the people of Peru and those relief workers trying to get them through this rainy period.
Put into perspective our minor inconveniences are nothing by comparison and…
Life is still good in Ecuador!