What comes with rain? Raindrops!

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This is another follow-up post to a photo I featured earlier this week. I’m not crazy about rain. I get wet if I go outside, I don’t like driving in it, and my kids go nuts staying inside all day. But one thing I absolutely love about rain is the leftovers, specifically raindrops. I’ve featured raindrops several times on this photo blog, including raindrops on spider webs.

I think raindrops can look very pretty, especially when they hang from something in a special way. I’ve noticed that raindrops hang on very well to thuja tree branches, and so after this most recent rainstorm, which lasted almost three long days and nights, I managed to take a few photos of them, including some with my brand new Canon Powershot SX500 IS digital camera. By the way, I’ve decided to return this camera. After giving it a long try, I just can’t stand the chromatic abberations on many photos. Most images are pretty grainy too, which I find unacceptable. So I’m back to shopping around for another camera to replace by beloved old Canon Powershot, which doesn’t always want to turn on. I’d love to go for another Canon because I can navigate through the menus pretty fast, but I really don’t know at this point. Sigh.

Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

Raindrops hanging from a thuja tree branch
Raindrops hanging from a thuja tree branch
Rain drops on a tree branch after a rainstorm
Rain drops on a tree branch after a rainstorm
Raindrops on branches
Raindrops on branches

I took these photos below with my new camera.

Raindrop on a thuja branch
Raindrop on a thuja branch
Photographing rain drops
Photographing rain drops
Raindrop photos
Raindrop photos

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections

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When you’re taking pictures, reflections can be a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes you don’t realize you caught a bad reflection (often yourself) until you open the photo file on your computer. Other times you’re lucky and you end up with great pictures.

Here are a few of my photos to illustrate the WordPress weekly photo challenge theme of “reflections”. Remember you can click on each image for a larger view.

These are lilypads I photographed at Balboa Park in San Diego this past summer. You can see gorgeous close-ups of these water lilies in this post. Still water is a great medium for reflections and you can’t go wrong.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections- Water lilies at Balboa Park in San Diego
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections – Water lilies at Balboa Park in San Diego

Here is a soap bubble on artificial grass. I took this picture because although it’s not the most beautiful photo out there,I think the many reflections on the bubble (the sky, the house, the grass, and me somewhere in there) and its transparent nature give it a mesmerizing effect. What do you think?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in a soap bubble
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in a soap bubble

Here’s a photo of a little rain left over on a begonia leaf. If you look closely (you can click on the photo to see a larger image), you can see the bars of a metal fence are reflected in the water. Because of the shape of the leaf, the bars are not straight but curved, as if they were embracing the flower inside the leaf. They almost look like a flower stem too. Pretty neat!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in rain water on a begonia leaf
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in rain water on a begonia leaf

I kept my favorite photo of reflections for last – rain drops sitting on a spiderweb over river rocks. You can view the rest of these rain drops here and here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in raindrops on a spider web over river rocks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Reflections in raindrops on a spider web over river rocks

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water

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I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Water.

Water can be photographed in so many ways. It can be spread out over an ocean’s length or be contained in a single drop. It can look blue, green, gray, transparent, or reflect what’s around.

My favorite form of water to photograph is water drops, so all the photos below feature water drops for this week’s photo challenge. You may have seen a few of them or none of them on this website already. There are a couple of new ones too.

Remember you can click on each photo to see a larger view.

I shared these raindrops on a spider web over river rocks last week, and I think they fit this theme perfectly.

Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - water - wet branch after the rain
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – water – wet branch after the rain

I took these last two pictures after the rain we had last week in San Diego. I love how tiny droplets outline the leaves and the bougainvillea flower. It almost looks like tiny, shiny diamonds.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water - raindrops on a leaf
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water – raindrops on a leaf
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water - raindrops on a bougainvillea flower
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water – raindrops on a bougainvillea flower

Not your typical rain drops on spider web – Part 1

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We don’t get a lot of rain in San Diego. In fact, it didn’t rain for about six months until this past week, when first we had a few showers for a day, then slow but steady rain the next day. I love to see nature awaken with the welcome moisture, after looking stagnant for so long. And rain drops can be a great opportunity to snap some interesting pictures.

I first tried photos of rain drops on leaves and a few flowers. The results were OK but not too impressive. But then, I spotted something unusual in my backyard among the rocks and it got my attention right away. I knew I had to run inside and grab my camera.

Now, you need to know I hate spiders. I didn’t say dislike, I said hate. I can’t stand those things crawling around my house, my sanctuary. If they enter, they must die. I have no Buddhist thoughts whatsoever when it comes to spiders in my home. I’ll tolerate them outside (as long as they don’t look like they’re trying to get inside my house) and their spider webs can be interesting to look at. Well, except for the black widow spider webs, which are a complete mess.

Rain drops can make a spider web look quite pretty. I’m sure you’ve seen hundred of photos of wet spider webs, covered with fresh rain drops. But I’ve got something different for you. This is what caught my attention: rain drops on a spider web over river rocks. Remember you can click on any of the photos below for a larger view.

Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks
Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks

Here’s another photo of these rain drops on the spider web with the river rocks as the background, a little closer this time.

Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath

What do you think? Do you like it?

I have a couple more photos of these rain drops and you’ll be able to see them later this week. Make sure you subscribe to this blog in the left sidebar to receive regular updates.