And The Rains Came


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And The Rains Came

We are in the summer pattern.

Approaching storm

Approaching storm

In Palm Beach county, Florida,  afternoon rain and thunderstorms nearly every day made May 2018 the wettest May on record going back to 1895.  It has been wet.

Inland, people have dealt with flooding because the ground is saturated and cannot absorb the water.  We are fortunate to live by the waterway on a coastal ridge so flooding is not our issue.

water line

water line

However, today as I walked the dog, I saw this at the end of the street.  You can see on the left the line of leaves left by the rain runoff. The street was a river last night.





A month and more of rain has caused our yards to green, as if they were on a growth hormone.

Lush and green

Lush and green

Thick with follage

Thick with Foliage

Now you can image this is a yardman’s paradise.  Every day there are crews up and down the street mowing lawns, trimming hedges and trees, raking and blowing.  The noise can be intrusive.  Fortunately they normally do not start their work before 8AM.

In many parts of the country when yard work is done, the removal of debris is the responsibility of the crew performing the work.  But, here in West Palm Beach, the sheer volume is such that the city or county provides the removal service.  They do not want debris left on the street for long periods , nor do they want people to dispose of the debris illegally to avoid paying landfill fees.  So we are taxed for yard debris removal service and weekly, in our case on Wednesday, a large truck with a grabber works its way down the street removing the yard material left behind.

That is great.  But there is a limit.

The debris pile should not be larger than the size of a refrigerator.  Or there about!

small pilev

small pile

This is OK.









medium pile

medium pile

This is pushing the envelope, but will probably get by.













Whoa nelly!

Whoa Nelly!

Looking East

Looking East


Whoa Nelly!  You gotta be kidding me!  I’ll bet you a dollar to a nickel that pile is there for weeks.

Our street is narrow so this is a safety issue.



Not good.


more to come

Fine Art America, a company is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link:
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun. is producing reproductions of my artwork.  The work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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