And sooner or later it will be alright. The rains will make impressive entrances, accompanied by some snowing at the Northern mountains- our home, and sometimes in the Negev desert and even Jerusalem. We will begin to count the times of rainfalls and stormy weather sharing it with friends while doing a small talk at lunch. Expect lots of comparing it to other winters, some legendary dry and some otherwise.
When it rains here some strong magic will happen and very quick. The valley below will turn into lushly green scene me and my dog encountered on the February Saturday. In a month time, flower fields in all shades of red, blue and yellow will appear on the slopes of the hills. Blue afternoon Irises will show up about lunchtime. Water reservoirs will grow into small lakes, changing the whole landscape. In January if it rains continuously for a week, some of the reservoirs will overflow, giving birth to new streams and small waterfalls.
We will see flocks of the migrating birds settling into the fields and almond orchards, feeding on the previous year nuts from the ground. Some of them may decide to settle down instead of keeping on heading Southwards to Africa.
Common Starlings will arrive undetected surprising us with their sunrise and sunset cloud dance performances, noisy flocks passing above the heads of people and animals. Cars will stop on the roadsides, drivers taking pictures and videos of black shape-shifting clouds swirling with dark feathered creatures.