Lightning According to Mark Twain

The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn’t leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether–Well, you’d think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
– “The Weather,” Mark Twain’s Speeches

I think Mark Twain was referring to the lightning in Nicaragua during the rainy season. Mark Twain was 31 years old when he crossed Lake Cocibolca in 1866. Unfortunately, he never stopped on Ometepe Island as he passed by La Isla on his way to the Rio San Juan. But, I’m sure he experienced the lightning storms from his little boat.

Today marks the peak of the rain for the season. From now on, it’s all downhill until mid-November when the rain will stop completely. We won’t see even a drop of rain until mid-May. In fact, last May, I asked a local when the rain would start and he replied, “On May 15th the rains will begin.” Sure enough, we had a storm on May 15th. It was a grand storm, too…howling wind, rain falling in sheets, and lightning bolts that lit up the sky for hours. It was a good opportunity to see how well our new roof held up in the first storm of the season. We were lucky…only two leaks that could be fixed easily.

In honor of the peak, it rained all night and all day. The lightning was spectacular. The evening show was worth the wait. Thanks to Cory’s friend, Sam, for taking this amazing shot.



7 thoughts on “Lightning According to Mark Twain

  1. Love your writing; I have been writing since Colin and I went to Alaska for a year; The scenery just made me do it.OMG !
    Just the close proximity to Orca, Humpback whales with their calves a stones throw from our R.V. The Eagles showing off their chicks ( almost as big as them , but brown in color )
    We also loved the bears; We respected them enough to give them plenty of room; but our lab LuLu made friends with a cub at the fish hatchery and nearly scared Colin to death.
    Mark twain is a favorite with us , too. We came back to the mainland a couple of years ago and have been living in Reno, Nv. Colin is working at the Sands Hotel & Casino and we live within walking to it. I am almost home bound due to asthma and the high elevation so I am looking always for a place where we could afford to live on 960/month. We lived in Corpus Christi before going to Alaska and had a tarantula in our garage ( I named him harry ) Keep writing.

  2. This is a stunning picture and I wish I had a copy to turn to in my office. What I like about this Blog entry is the flow of the writing, almost can feel the words. Write on Deb.

    • Caren, thank you for your always encouraging comments. I was in a hurry when I wrote this post because we were headed to Granada to start the process for our residencia in Nicaragua. I think writing must be a process of letting go. It seems that when I focus on the writing and the style, the words clog like a big hairball in a drain. But, when I stop thinking, they flow smoothy like the train of a wedding gown. Go figure! 🙂

  3. Nice entry! I went to high school in Nicaragua in the early 70’s and still love reading about it. I remember how the rainy season would start – it would be so dry the sun was red with dust and then, all of a sudden, the wind would pick up and the rains would start with almost no warning.

    Or at least that’s how I remember it. It’s been a long time.

    I’ll have to look for the Mark Twain speech on Nicaragua.

    • Thanks, Bill. Mark Twain wrote several stories about Nicaragua. In fact, one of my dreams is to follow in Mark Twain’s footsteps when he entered Nicaragua at San Juan del Sur, then overland by donkey to Lake Cocibolca. From there he traveled by boat, past Ometepe Island and to San Carlos, then down the Rio San Juan. Someone has already done this, but I still want to travel in his footsteps. Someday….Have you been back to Nicaragua since high school? Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

      • I just left a similar post on your next entry, my mind is gone tonight. I did get to go back a few years ago. The country was noticeably poorer and more desperate than when I lived there – the decades of war had left their mark. But the overall feel of the place was the same, I really enjoyed going back, if only for a short visit.

        I lived in Managua in 1972 when the earthquake hit – I don’t think Nicaragua has ever recovered from that. It was a very different place before.

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