32 – Rain *

Special thanks to Janet for providing the photographs. Janet is in Arizona and I encourage readers to visit her at This, That and the Other Thing, Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. All photos are copyrighted by Janet Webb.

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like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Because it rained all morning, I relegated my morning walk to a treadmill. After returning to the condo, I sat on the balcony watching and listening to the rain – and even thinking about it. The rain stopped during lunch, so my thoughts carried over to my walk on the beach’s newly smoothed surface.

Rain – once water vapor in the clouds, then condensed to fall to the ground as drops from a saturated atmosphere.

Rain – the drops falling as sprinkles, mists, drizzle, spits, and just rain. The stuff coming from ominous clouds that can come down in sheets, buckets, and like cats and dogs – the liquid that can pepper, pelt, and pour in the form of storms, torrents, downpours, and cloudbursts.

Rain – a form of precipitation that is an important part of the water cycle – the environmental action feeding ecosystems, moistening fields, naturally irrigating crops, filling wells, carving gullies, eroding rocks and soil, plus activating and replenishing life.

Small islands with mountains impress me – mountains giving the island a wet side and a dry side. Islands with a rainforest on one side, but a desert on the other – plus gradients in between. So many varying climates in a relatively small space is very interesting.

Rain is one type of weather’s precipitation, but not the only. We think of it as light, moderate, heavy, and violent while adding a component of time as occasional, sudden, brief, or steady. We associate rain with relative humidity, dew points, low-pressure fronts that can be warm or cold, and leading edges with comma-shaped spots identifying violent storms – then we measure the amount fallen with gauges because the curious want to know.

Some find rain to be soothing with an aesthetic appeal – an opportunity for peace. To those associating rain with sorrow and gloom, I say, “Tell it to stop.” I don’t worry about rain because we humans have no power over it.

Rain is the reason we have slanted roofs, gutters, storm sewers, drainage systems, retention ponds, raincoats, rain hats, umbrellas, and waterproof clothing. Rain is the reason nature has dark clouds, storms, lightning, thunder, hurricanes, and rainbows.

Rain is nature’s confetti that gives birth to life on Earth – a reason why some cultures have rain dances, prayers, and other rituals. After all, water and life are inseparable partners.

Rain provides the perfect opportunity for staying inside to read, write, clean, watch a movie, working on a craft, or simply have a lazy day with television, music, or a cup of tea.

Rain is a symphony of changing sounds with a changing rhythm. From the loud of a downpour to the soft of a gentle rain, the sound of rain speaks in a universal language that can be steady, with changing dynamics, plus added effects of wind, thunder, and flashes of light. Yet rain can also serve as nature’s lullaby to put us to sleep.

I think of the sound of rain on the tin roof covering the house of my youth – plus the tapping on exposed windows of my current home. Rain has a way of making everything seem still – except for the sound of rain hitting the ground, trees, and buildings. However, while on the balcony high above the beach, the rain is comparatively silent.

Rain is an opportunity to clean our spirit. After the rain, the gray clouds depart to allow sunshine to take its place in the sky – even possibly exposing a rainbow that will cause souls to jump for joy and dance around puddles.

We yell at the rain when it gets in the way of our plans, but welcome it when it quenches thirsty plants and softens parched ground.

Rain is a time for lovers to walk hand-and-hand or even dance without noticing they are wet – plus making time for lips to touch as a kiss.

Some people enjoy the smell of rain – however, rain itself is relatively odorless – but it is the rain that activates certain soil bacteria to release a scent that we think is rain. That is part of rain’s cleansing mystique.

There are times when we are dry, but we see signs in the distance signaling rain – dark clouds, rumbles of thunder, trees swaying in the wind with a fresh scent, and even possible to see the rain coming from a distant cloud. We become eager with anticipation as the sky darkens and the other signals approach.

Sometimes we patiently wait for the rain to stop – other times we are anxious. Then we go out to a world of puddles and mud – of drops hanging from leaves, limbs, outdoor furniture, and the edges of fences and gates. Rain also forms tight round beads on a recently waxed car.

From Rainy Days and Mondays, Purple Rain, Fire and Rain, and more, we Dance in the Rain as Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head while wondering Who’ll Stop the Rain on A Rainy Night in Georgia.

Rainy afternoons here at the beach are time for the fitness center and/or going to the movie theater. At least on this day, the theater had to wait because the afternoon was dry enough for walking. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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171 thoughts on “32 – Rain *”

  1. Haha – damn!
    Your use of ‘precipitation’ immediately blasted Rihanna and Umbrella in my head.
    That’s gonna be stuck there all day – very fitting 🤭

    You know me (You know me)
    In anticipation for precipitation
    Stack chips for the rainy day

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  2. A wonderful video. I like the sound of waves.

    Thanks for sharing a post on rain with positive setting. We have rains for more than 250 days a year and it is really hard to appreciate it all the time 🙂
    I love summer rains but rains in November make it more gloomy and in winter it is better with snow than rains.

    Excellent captures by Janet.

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    1. Rupali,
      Glad you appreciated the positive view of rain and Janet’s images. But 250 days of rain a year? Two thoughts come to my mind. How much rain does the wettest spot on Earth get? That’s 450 inches (11,430 mm). Therefore, how much average annual rainfall does your area get? Have a good weekend!

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      1. Precipitation amounts to 2,250 millimeters (88.6 inches) per year: it is therefore abundant and is said to be one of the rainiest city in Europe. Though I am not sure about the exact fact and figures.

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  3. Ah, Frank, another beautiful walk. I love watching the rain clouds approaching carrying gray ribbons with them like a soft rain curtain. Or seeing the sea turn gray with goosebumps as the rain clouds cover the sky. Or the color puddles playing games on the windshield when it’s raining. 😉
    Yamas, my friend.

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  4. I love the rain. When it storms and I’m safe inside, when it’s heavy but I can sit on a covered porch, in the summer to walk in it and it’s warm. Or when we used to go camping and at night it would hit the roof of the camper – loved that sound – as long as it didn’t rain the whole day after!
    Very pretty music by Simply Three.

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    1. Dale,
      The sound of rain is interesting. I recall sitting in the screen-in back deck at our previous house with the many trees. Even now, on an open balcony – sitting and listening to a rain … no matter if light or hard … well, as long as it’s coming straight down. Thanks for sharing a bit of your favorite sounds linked to rain! … cheers to Simply Three!

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              1. One of my most important ones. Am waiting for my friend to come by with his structural engineer friend so we can determine if a wall can be removed and then, meet with his designer friend and let’s get this thing happening!

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  5. Rain can be soothing–if, as Dale said, you’re safe inside. It’s kind of thrilling to listen to a storm at the shore, but in my own home, I worry about trees falling and power going–and more in the past few years, tornado warnings. But a gentle spring or summer rain is lovely-and the air does smell so good afterwards.

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  6. You remarked on the smell of the earth after rain. In summer, that’s a wonderful experience, less noticeable in winter. Now I have my Virtual Dog, I’ve embraced walking in the rain, something I used strenuously to avoid. And I’ve discovered that there is indeed no such thing as Bad Weather. Only Unsuitable Clothing! But then again …https://margaret21.com/2018/06/06/theres-no-such-thing-as-bad-weather-only-unsuitable-clothing/

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    1. Margaret,
      Walking in the rain with your virtual dog is quite different than the walk in your post. Although it didn’t seem like an experience I would enjoy, the wit in your writing kept me smiling … and to think the rain stopped with your encounter with the bus. Of course, that wouldn’t have happened if the group forged ahead! Thanks for sharing.

      Hey readers ….. I recommend reading Margaret’s link

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          1. Jo …. I know it’s Wikipedia, but it is something …. Sod’s law is similar to, but broader than, Murphy’s law (“Whatever can go wrong will go wrong”). For example, concepts such as “bad fortune will be tailored to the individual” and “good fortune will occur in spite of the individual’s actions” are sometimes given as examples of Sod’s law in action. This would broaden Sod’s law to a general sense of being “mocked by fate”. In these aspects, it is similar to some definitions of irony, particularly the irony of fate. Murphy’s technological origin as used by John Stapp during his Project MX981 is more upbeat—it was a reminder to the engineers and team members to be cautious and make sure everything was accounted for, to let no stone be left unturned—not an acceptance of an uncaring uninfluenceable fate. Although according to the account of George Nichols, Murphy’s own use of the phrase — “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will” — was more similar to the British use.

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  7. Kentucky Rain by Elvis is a favorite. It is the rainy reason in KY/TN so another weekend inside to read, nest, cuddle my pup and work on creative projects. I am ok with slowing down and being inside in the cold months.

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      1. YOU made my day! I enjoyed the images as I conveyed the emotion of the song in a living room lip sync. I mean he had RAIN in his shoes…the old men, was it yesterday? No wait, the day before…so sad.

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    1. LadySighs,
      Welcome first-time beach walker to my peaceful sands. “Rain is like listening to a poem …” Brilliant & profound. Thanks for jumping in with such an insightful comment. 🙂 Hope to see you for the next walk on Tuesday. Of course I also invite you to see the past walks because you may find a topic you will like.

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  8. Beautiful “Rain” post, music, photographs are too… Reminded me when I swam while it was raining… Once upon a time… Janet’s photography is great. Thank you dear Frank, you took us again to a wonderful beach walking… Love, nia

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  9. What a lovely meditation on rain! I have a blogging friend in South Africa, which is in drought right now. The ground looks brown and parched, and the animals hunt for muddy water holes. Blessed be the rain! One of the blessings of living in Maine is that our droughts don’t last long, and sooner or later, we get the water we need, either by rain or by snow. Those pictures are fabulous! I will visit Janet’s blog.

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            1. I wouldn’t be sitting out there either! It’s funny because summer here is a bot like winter elsewhere, when it’s uncomfortable to be outside much of the time. 😉. Dry heat really is different, but 110 and up is still HOT!

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  10. Oh these are stunning photos! And a three months long visit to the Phoenix area one summer showed me just how precious rain truly is there. (I visited and now follow Janet’s blog with a shout out to you too.) Your words elicit so very many experiences of rain…great recall to help us recall.

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    1. Your visit, comment, and follow are very much appreciated, Mary Jo. Enjoy your weekend. These photos weren’t taken in Arizona, although I did mange to get a few photos of rain drops late last year when we got a very little bit of precipitation. Rain takes on a completely different importance in the desert.

      janet

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  11. Cincy,

    Rain is the reason we have the 5 inning rule in baseball. And make-up games. And sometimes double-headers. And rain is the reason I would have loved playing for the San Diego Padres if I had the talent to play in the MLB. Because those peeps don’t much worry about rain, and it’s always 72 degrees.

    For me, rain gifts me the best of sleeps. And it makes me think Gene Kelly every time I stomp my foot into a rain puddle. And the Carpenters, them too . . .

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      1. It also brings to mind that Rockwell painting.

        Yes, the Padres would be my choice of locale if I played in the MLB. Perfect weather, and if you win great . . if you don’t? That perfect weather . . .

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  12. Your ode to rain certainly evoked a lot of wonderful memories. When it rained at “my” beach, if it was accompanied by lightening, I use to throw open the curtains on the sliding doors and watch the lightening dance on the water. It was the best show ever! I don’t think I have enjoyed a good rain in a long time. Thank you.

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    1. Michelle,
      Glad this walk rekindled various memories, and thanks for sharing. Lightning over water is awesome. I think 4 -5 years ago for our first long-term stay at the beach, storms marked our arrival date. After dinner, storms were off the coast, and we just sat on the balcony watching the extraordinary light show!

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  13. Good morning, Frank. Rain is such an interesting topic, especially for someone who lived in the Midwest all my life (with a short foray in the Rockies) and is now living in the desert in the Phoenix area. Naperville (Illinois) got periodic flooding from all the rain and we had water in our basement once in Ohio, fortunately not too much. In Ohio, there were sometimes too many cloudy days, with or without rain. But now that we’re in Arizona, where the sky is blue almost every day and we average 9″ of rain a year, rain because more precious and rare. A good rain might by 1/4″ and if there’s a chance of rain, we hope and pray for it. The rainy day where you can stay in and curl up with a good book doesn’t really exist, maybe with an exception or two I haven’t experience yet. With some rains, you’d be lucky to get a chapter done if you were a fast reader. 🙂

    Thanks for featuring my photos and your kind words as well as those of the readers. Made my day. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      First, thanks for making this a fabulous post & for interacting with those who commented. Seems you got a few views, too. 🙂 I had a busy day, so now I’m making up for lost time with the comments. Whew … I’ll be busy for a while!

      Thanks for sharing your personal story with rain. So interesting. Visitors don’t really get the feel for the differences you mention. Sure, I’ve visited Arizona, but I truly don’t know. For me, your comparisons are very interesting. I may have asked you this before, but can’t recall … where in Ohio were you?

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      1. Frank, it was my pleasure. Thanks for asking me to collaborate. It was fun. I got not only views but a few more followers, which is always fun.

        We lived on Cleveland’s east side in South Euclid. My husband grew up in Ashtabula and one of my sisters-in-law still lives in Akron.

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        1. Thanks for the scoop and the pleasure. I imagine more views & comments tomorrow – but much view. Whew … a busy day!

          Now that you mentioned the places, you probably told me about your Ohio time.

          Oh – two things … Check the Honor Roll page … and if you ever want to collaborate again, just look at the Topics List page and let me know. Feel free to tell your photographer friends.

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  14. Frank, I’m glad you pointed out the scent of rain. I thought that might be just one of those peculiarities of living in the Midwest, with crops all around us. It’s enlightening to read the whys behind it. And you know, there’s a huge difference between a light, warm rain and a drenching icy downpour, isn’t there?

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    1. Debbie,
      Oh those cold rains are bone-chilling! No thanks. Simply so many different rains … and then let’s put hurricanes in there! A few years ago we took a cruise that involved going through the Panama Canal. Inland gets over 100 inches of rain per year … so I doubt that I understand the real meaning of raining season. The big island is Hawaii with a desert on one side receiving less than 10 inches of rain per year, but a rain forest and its 150 inches of rain per year on the other coast …. all in place about the size of the state of Connecticut. … or the thought of Alaska having a rainforest. My life has been in the midwest, so it’s difficult to truly comprehend those things. Glad you enjoyed this walk and thanks for sharing.

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  15. Loved the video, Frank. Some nice little surprises in there, and the water running down the screen… 🙂 🙂 I did feel sorry for those guys but they looked ‘wrapped up’ in their music. Just as well! I like Janet’s close-ups of the drops. My daughter hates rain because it frizzes her already madly curly hair 🙂 Me- I like jumping in puddles.

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    1. Jo,
      I love it when someone comments about the closing video. Thank you!!!! In terms of the close-up images, oh yes – fabulous! Meanwhile, I have no idea why, but I’ve never knowingly experienced what youf daughter goes through with her hair on rainy days.

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  16. Beautiful photos. Great words! And being a desert dweller, we LOVE rain. We need rain. We got rain this past week! Even 1/4 of an inch gets us excited! We go out in the rain, we take photos and videos of the rain! We rush to the washes to watch the water flow. We pray for rain, and cheer when the storms come in. And the air smells magical and refreshing after the rain. We walk in a misty rain and welcome the dampness. As we head into a new year we are hopeful for RAIN!
    PS: I listen to the noise of rain each night as I fall asleep. I think it really does help me sleep better!

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  17. As you well know, Frank, rain in Southern California is manna from heaven, and we are having a little today. I relish it on those rare occasions. I’ve been at the ocean a few times when it’s rained more than a drizzle, and it adds a bit of drama that I rather enjoy. Beautiful photos, and a very lovely reflection.

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  18. We have a lot of rain down here in the swamp. Unlike some of your readers I like being in it as long as hurricane force winds aren’t accompanying the rain. O make my vest pictures that way. Of course, I learned to like being in the rain in the days of “Who’ll stop the rain?” which was really about bombs.

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  19. Frank, another soothing post and much food for thought. Thank you. The images are excellent and yes I will have to now go visit the artist’s blog. You know how much I am drawn to water and yes I love to walk in the rain when it is WARM. Cold rain no way! I love watching the rain come down and how it makes the earth smell. I oftentimes wonder where those clouds filled with precipitation have been. Another mystery probably never to be solved but yes intriguing to ponder upon.

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    1. Amy.
      Good Sunday morning to you. For some reason, I’m not surprised you enjoy walking in a warm rain … and your “No Way” about cold rain was loud and clear. Oh … and I love your wondering about the journey the clouds take. Wonderful – simply wonderful. Meanwhile, glad you enjoyed Janet’s images and I look forward to soon displaying yours. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words … I greatly appreciate them!!!!

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  20. Rain is nature’s confetti that gives birth to life on Earth
    rain is the reason we have slanted roofs
    Rain is an opportunity to clean our spirit.
    Some of my favorite lines
    I think of the sound of rain on the tin roof covering the house of my youth – ditto for me.
    I have always loved the joyful melancholy of a rainy day – it beautifies and as if justifies my reason for staying home 🙂
    We were expected to have a downpour all day today and I have been disappointed that there’s been not a drop until 3pm.

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    1. PD,
      The “rain is nature’s confetti” line seems to be the leading favorite lines – 😀 – and cheers to more things that align our thoughts. I’m sure rain is precious in your area – so missing the all-day rain has multiple effects. Then again, I’m sure you made the best of it. 🙂

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  21. I didn’t enjoy or appreciate rain when I lived in Ohio as much as I do now living in southern CA. I did once tell my children to stop doing schoolwork and go outside because it was raining. I knew it wouldn’t last long. I didn’t want them to miss it. They only got a few minutes, but it was worth it. 🙂

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    1. Betsy,
      Great point – Janet, the photographer in this post, made a similar comment as she lived in Ohio and Illinois but is now in Arizona. Debra, in the LA area, called rain Manna from heaven – so cheers to getting your children outside to enjoy the rain. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. So often when it’s raining I want to stay inside–but almost every time I venture out it feels magical and so wonderful. Except when it drips on the glasses and you can’t see anything! The spider web picture is marvelous.

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    1. Kathy, thanks for liking that spider web photo. I took it at Cape May, New Jersey on a dewy morning that was filled with marvelous photo ops. Spider webs show up so well when they covered with drops and they look amazing that way.

      janet

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  23. hi frank
    so fun
    and hamlets photos paired so well with your rain exploration
    this snippet from the post was my fav
    “Rain is nature’s confetti that gives birth to life on Earth – a reason why some cultures have rain dances, prayers, and other rituals. After all, water and life are inseparable partners.”
    🌧☔️🌦

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  24. I love the sound of rain on the roof. I did not know that rain activates a soil bacteria to release that scent I love. Wow! Rainy days are comforting to a homebody like me. Always a good excuse to curl up on the couch with a good book. 🙂 Janet’s photos are wonderful!

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    1. Barbara,
      Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad you enjoyed this walk … and Janet appreciates your thumbs up to her walk! I too enjoy the sound of rain, especially on a tin roof … of even sitting on dry outdoors to hear the rain strike the leaves and the ground. Soon the warm rains of a spring or summer rain will return to deliver you a good, peaceful day. 🙂

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