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The Garden : This Afternoon :: Rain : Sun

The backyard as seen through the Lemon Tree at 5pm

Last night the “severe storm” that was supposed to hit SoCal as fierce as it hit NorCal was more of the average “lots of rain” winter storm. By mid-morning today, the sky was partly-cloudy, but by noon we had rain again. Just before 2pm this afternoon, I went out and took pictures of finches at the bird feeders and flowering vines in my backyard. By 5pm, the clouds had mostly cleared and the sun was shining bright.
The pictures on the left are when it was raining at 1:45 pm and the pictures on the right are of the 5pm sunshine time. American and Lesser Goldfinches finally found the thistle sock about 3 days ago:

The backyard as seen from the side yard at 2pm The backyard as seen from the side yard at 5pm
A passel load of goldfinches on the thistle sock at 2pm Two goldfinches on the thistle sock at 5pm