Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Rainbow treasure trove

The rainbow treasures will soon belong to you.

Anybody pay any attention to those fortunes you get inside Oriental cookies? Have you ever had one that actually came true? I am not sure when I got that one but it dropped out of my purse last week, and I put it on my desk as inspiration. So far no rainbow treasures that I can think of. I haven't even seen a rainbow recently.

Of course, I have been buried in writing. When I edited the Oregon Trail story, it was really an epic effort as I still believe in that story even though it first began when I was in my teens. My cousin and I would go for walks during family gatherings and we'd tell stories. It was one. Here I am now almost 70 and it's still a story I believe in even though I had to tweak a few things this go round.

Pioneers heading west were hoping for rainbow's end. They had a dream of a new life and were willing to take great risks to get it. I think we all have such dreams even if we don't go traveling around trying to find a rainbow's treasures. 

I've actually driven through a rainbow, with the light all around me-- no treasure if you count treasure as gold. On the other hand if treasure is a great memory, then I still have that one, of being surrounded by colored light and then driving out the other side. I keep wondering, when we are driving and see one if we went the right way, might we again drive through it? So far not. When it happened, we were on a bridge over a river and that might have been what allowed it. 

I've been close to their end several times and never yet seen a pot of gold. I suppose the myth came because if humans are searching for pots of gold, they likely always keep moving ahead-- never really attainable.

We have had a very gray winter in my part of the Pacific Northwest. It's the kind of winter that sends those who came from warmer states back home. It's not that we get the blizzards or snow that some areas experience, but we just have one gray foggy or rainy day after another. It feels like a rain forest only it's not. It is also not the only kind of winters my area can get.

Other than living one year in Arizona, I have lived all my life here in the Pacific Northwest, on the ocean side of the Cascade Mountains. I know it about as well as any region even though there are other climate types that I've come to love also. We do get rainbows, but it takes sunshine to create them and it's been in short supply this winter.

So I thought I'd pull up a few of my old rainbow photos through the years from here and other places, some in the sky, some in waterfalls, one in a geyser. I've seen many full rainbows but haven't successfully photographed them with the whole entirety of the bow and sometimes a double or triple. Even when I have seen the whole thing often I've only been able to capture part of it.

Finally because I was doing this blog and because I like to look through CanStock for images that I didn't take myself or couldn't take for assorted reasons, here is a rainbow on what looks like an alkali desert, maybe eastern California in Death Valley but hard to say.

Oh and for those interested in the lambing. 41 so far, most twins or triplets. I will tell you that having a lot of lambs and new mothers around is not restful whatever the imagery suggests. They are always getting lost or separated and then complaining to each other. Farm Boss has had to pull three so far which is three more than last year but they all were successful as in mother and big lamb are doing fine. 

We also took one into our kitchen, after being found as a reject, nearly dead in the barns until Farm boss brought him in to tube (using a thin tube that lets the lamb replacer go into his stomach when a lamb cannot suck) and bring back to life. So far it looks, after a lot of back rubs, cooing to it, and reiki, as though it will make it-- but now we have to find someone with children interested in raising up a lamb. 

When our daughter was young, she sometimes took weak ones into bed with her to warm them up. She said the only problem is once she brought them back to life, the mothers wanted them back. I doubt this one will as she had triplets and probably couldn't manage more than two.

not everyone is pleased


Diane Widler Wenzel said...

When my daughters were in high school we raised several bummer lambs. Wonderful experience! As they grew older, I felt such satisfaction watching them frolic in the grass.

Celia said...

That last picture of the lamb and the sentinel cats is wonderful. Great rainbow photos. Here's hoping the gray clears up soon, we had a lovely day yesterday, sunny and warm, Saturday finds us wrapped in the gray again.

robin andrea said...

Beautiful rainbow pics. Those gray northwest days are what finally drove us back to California. I miss so much about northwest, but not the persistent gray. I hope you get sun sun and more sun soon.

And, I hope you find someone who wants to take care of that lamb. If I were your neighbor... I'd take that little one in an instant.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, that little Lamb is darling...I dearly hope you find someone who would love to raise him....I love the picture of him being fed---And, the one with your cat...I loved you saying, 'Someone is not pleased'....:)

I also LOVE all the Rainbow pictures. There is something about a Rainbow that is so very Magical...!

Rain Trueax said...

We found a home for him. The little boy and his mom pick the lamb up tomorrow. Not only is it good that a child is involved but that the mom is one I knew from years back and 4-H; so she gets what it takes.

la peregrina said...

Lovely photos, lovely story. :)

inkling777 said...

"On the other hand if treasure is a great memory, then I still have that one, of being surrounded by colored light and then driving out the other side."

Over the years, I've discovered that rainbows make me happy, so I keep a few prisms on the sunny side of my house to refract rainbows in my window every morning. Sometimes, you have to make your own fortunes come true.

Rain Trueax said...

I like that inkling. Good additional thoughts

Hattie said...

I don't know how you do it!