“Slowly at last the heavy clouds, charged with the welcome water, roll
up from seaward; the air grows sultry and still; the creatures of the
grove and jungle keep their coverts, as if expectant, like the surface
of the soil; there is a hush over all things, as though nature herself
were faint; till presently the lightning flashes and the thunder
rattles, and down, as if really from heaven and from the hand of God,
comes the thick and fresh rain. Then there rises from the ground a
cool and penetrating aroma, the scent of the dry soil saturated.”
~Daily Telegraph, quoted in A Cyclopedia of Nature Teachings, 1892

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