Some Photos & Fancies

Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…



2011 St John 064Rain has been largely vilified in most cultures; it is inconvenient, it causes floods, it causes sickness. Rain is an amazing mood changer and defines our mood much more than we would like to admit. When the sky is a dull, sodden grey dominated by a constant, monotonous downpour medium-sized drops that feel much wetter than they look, you can’t help but feel a bit more down than you did before you looked out the window or walked out the door. But when we feel the light sprinkle of rain that seems to lift the hairs on our bodies and not dampening them, then see a rainbow, we’re surprised when we walk back inside and find that we are wet enough to wring ourselves out, and still have a smile on our faces. We attribute moods to the rain that match our own; in general we can’t help anthropomorphizing things and we do so quite often with all types of weather, especially rain. It is used in religious observations, in all kinds of welcoming ceremonies, as a libation, and we must have some form of water to sustain life. It seems strange then, that we  have so much trouble with going out into the rain to get somewhere we want to or need to go, or that a random splash could horrify us. After all, we take baths and showers, don’t we?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

3 thoughts on “Rain

  1. I love the rain, it washes everything quite nicely, but then again I live in an arid climate. So there you go (=

  2. An interesting point of view. Rain is so necessary to life, but it gets such a bad rap!

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