Here in the northern Piedmont, we had a tremendous storm last night - part of the same system that ravaged the Deep South and East Coast. Though we were spared a tornado, we had incredible winds that toppled and snapped full-grown trees. The storm was accompanied by thunder, lightning and torrential rain.
This morning, when I went out to open the gate of my preserve at sunrise, orange light bathed the tops of the trees in a deep, rich glow - like they had been dipped in luminous honey. Then clouds moved back in and ended the show.