A break in the rain gave an opportunity to view some of the flowers of the season. Ceanothus, Goldfields, Poppy, Shooting Star, Indian Warrior, and Fremont's Star Lily obliged. Some of the Blue and Valley Oaks are leafing out. I heard a California Thrasher singing at dawn, and watched a Jackrabbit browsing, an Anna's Hummingbird preening, Western Scrub Jays flying about, and a White-tailed Kite hunting -- and later devouring its prey. As the rain continues, memories of this respite remain.