A storm was moving in. Maybe the conditions were right for a fallout, I thought.
I returned to Smith Oaks as the sun was beginning to set.
By the time I reached the western shore of Clay Bottom Pond, the rain had subsided, the clouds had parted and bright rays of sun shone through.
It seemed as though I wouldn't see a fallout during this visit, but High Island offered me a scene from the water's edge that more than made up for it.
Dozens of spoonbills, egrets and cormorants were perched in the branches of a stand of cypress and oak trees on the opposite shore, like ornaments on a row of Christmas trees.
As I watched, a full rainbow materialized directly over the ornamented trees.
It was a glorious visual souvenir. And High Island even wrapped it up in a bow.
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