“Rain, rain, go away and don’t come back another day.” That’s usually my tune when we get rain and this winter there has been a LOT of rain, at least a lot for the desert. When someone says to me, “Don’t you love this weather?” I say, “No, I don’t. That’s why I live here!” Gray skies just make me sad. I want to see sun and blue sky 365 days a year! Our winters are usually our favorite time, the reward for enduring scalding hot summers, so all the rain was definitely getting me down.
But I recently decided to try to make the most of the rainy days instead. Last week we had one whole day where it rained constantly and that is so rare for us. The next day it was still raining but stopped at around 11:00 a.m. so I grabbed my camera and decided to go and see what surprises I could find that were left by the rain. The raindrops on the branches in the photo above immediately caught my attention. And then there was this:
It was like the branches were hung with diamonds!
With further exploration, I discovered that there was a river of water flowing through an otherwise dry desert. We now have riverfront property! I snapped this shot and it wasn’t until I opened it on my computer that I discovered the bokeh created by the now-emerging sun gleaming on the water. Well, if that wasn’t enough to make me love the rain, nothing will!
So the next time it rains . . . no, I probably won’t be happy about it but you can bet I’ll be waiting for that moment when it stops and I can go out and see what I can find with my camera! Do you grumble about less-than-favorite weather or have you figured out ways to make the most of those days?
I think as photographers we can always find ways to appreciate what Mother Nature gives us by training our cameras on the beauty around us, whatever that might be. It’s a whole lot more fun to capture it with our lens than complain about it. Yes, I’m talking to myself here but I’m willing to bet I have some company in this. What do you choose to do when it’s too hot, too cold, too snowy, too wet? Share your favorite ways to cope with the weather. I may need to use them the next time it rains!