After the rain stopped on Wednesday, there was a sense of clarity in the air. The air seemed fresh. Sights and sounds seemed more intense. I became aware of small details in my environment. My eyes were drawn to the tiny raindrops clinging to the branches of this tree. Each glistening droplet seemed more amazing and more beautiful than the next. A gentle wind urged the release of raindrops and they began falling toward the ground. Sharing the sense of urgency, I rushed to get my camera. I wanted to see the drops in even clearer focus. I wanted to capture the moment before it faded away.
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.
Raindrop Haiku (Cling)
Droplets of spring rain
Clinging underneath the rail
As grass grows greener
(Posted in response to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Rain. Check out her blog for cool photos of miniature scenes and the rules of this fun weekly photo challenge if you want to join in the weather themes!)
Courtside Haiku (Tennis Anyone?)
Tennis rain delay
Marsala and green puddles
Chain-link fence holds court
(Posted in response to One Word Photo Challenge-Marsala. Marsala has been selected Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015.)
I often daydream about adding a big covered porch to the back of my house. In my imagination, it would be the ideal spot to relax at the end of a long day, come rain or shine.
I imagine sitting in an Adirondack chair, beverage glass in hand, looking at the menagerie of simple wildlife in my backyard.
The squirrels scurry in search of acorns and seeds. A squirrel, the one with a crooked tail, bravely chases another squirrel from the dogwood tree which he has claimed as his own. Hanging from a branch of this same tree is the red-based feeder where the ruby throated hummingbirds put on a nearby air show. Each tiny bird tries to drink the life-sustaining nectar mixed from sugar and water. Bright red cardinals, red breasted robins and blue jays take flight from oak and elm trees. A large rabbit chews on greenery near the fence line. Mocking birds sing songs in the distance. A woodpecker taps rhythmically high up in a tree.
The clink of melting ice pulls my attention from the display of nature. I feel a gentle breeze and soft rain begins to fall. I say a silent prayer of thanks for peace.