It’s the first day of winter and although we are not expecting snow here we have had some very welcome rain showers. Was a great opportunity to capture some raindrops on petals. They remind me of one of my favorite quotes.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Photo 1: Raindrops on Geraniums
Photo 2 Society Garlic in the rain
Photo 3: Rain kissed Geraniums
California is desperately in need of more rain. We had an unexpected but very welcome thunderstorm last week and the way the raindrops looked on the roses was a bedazzling sight. It’s no wonder they a few of my favourite things!
Photo 1: Droplets on Betty Boop
Photo 2: Wet bloom and buds
Photo 3: Droplets and rose ruffles
Photo 4: Pink Rose after Rain
Photo 5: Raindrops on a pink Rose
Some much needed rain finally arrived in drought-stricken California this week. I took the opportunity to feed the roses and admire some late bloomers in the nearby park.
Photo 1: Raindrops on a variegated Rose
Photo 2: Wet yellow Rose
Photo 3: Orange miniature Rose cluster
Photo 4: Single wet white Rose
Photo 5: Rose romance
Some of these images are available for purchase on my fineartamerica artist page.
The showers increased in intensity last week for just one day, so I took a trip back to the rose garden in our local park to see what I could see.
Photo 1: Raindrops on a red rose
Photo 2: Rain on yellow roses
Photo 3: Pink Rose in the rain
Photo 4: View from the top
Photo 5: Rust rose and Grey skies
Photo 6: Weight of water
Photo 7: Rear view of a wet rose
Photo 8: Wet red rose
The joys of finally seeing signs of a little rain. The garden loved it. Hope there will be more soon.
Photo 1: Geranium cluster and raindrops
Photo 2: Fading Betty Boop in the rain
Photo 3: Betty Boop cluster and raindrops
Photo 4: Wet Gardenia
Photo 5: Raindrops on petals
Photo 6: Fresh after the rain
Photo 7: Geraniums in the rain
The smallest rose bush in the garden produces a really lovely little rose that I have dubbed “fluffy”. It is a full bloom with several luscious layers of petals that would look gorgeous as a ruched and ruffled dress. It has taken a pounding in the recent cold and rain but still looks so charming.
Photo 1: Fluffy Pink Rose
Photo 2: Wet Pink Rose
Photo 3: Raindrops on a Pink Rose
Photo 4: Rose in the rain
Photo 5: Ruched and ruffled
There is a tiny clementine (citrus) tree in the front garden but despite it’s size it is an enthusiastic grower. It has already produced two small fruits that didn’t survive the curiosity of the children. In Afrikaans we call these fruits “naartjies” and it is apparently a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. It is now however sporting several white blossoms so here are a few pics. I also thought they would make a nice subject for a monochrome project that I am working on.
Photo 1: Clementine blossoms on a rainy day
Photo 2: Clementine blossom buds
Photo 3: Clementine blossoming
Photo 4: Clementine blossom bud tips
Photo 5: Clementine blossoms blooming
Photo 6: Clementine blossom and bud
Photo 7: Clementine blossoms with raindrops
Photo 8: Clementine blossoms monochrome reflection
We had some desperately needed rain showers today and I dodged the raindrops to take a few pics of the droplets on the blooms. Then got cold and ran inside for a nice warm cup of tea!
Photo 1: Society Garlic in the rain
Photo 2: Pink rose in the rain
Photo 3: Indian Hawthorn in the rain
Photo 4: Clementine blossom in the rain
Photo 5: A large droplet on a Rose
Photo 6: Rose and buds in the rain
Photo 7: Gardenia in the rain
Photo 8: Eye of a wet Rose
There are a number of these shrubs planted around our neighbourhood and at the moment they are starting colourful lavender displays. The rain however is rather heavy on their delicate petals and I stopped to snap a few after the rain. Rose of Sharon is a deciduous flowering shrub and is part of the hibiscus family.
I was intrigued by the name of the shrub and found that the word “Sharon” means a level place or plain in Hebrew. It is said that in the Song of Solomon 2:1, Solomon’s beloved bride calls herself the “rose of Sharon” and from this we can infer that it is a flattering term intended to express a certain beauty that the people of Solomon’s time would have recognized but that we can still appreciate in these flowers today.
Photo 1: Rose of Sharon after the rain
Photo 2: Rose of Sharon bloom
Photo 3: Rose of Sharon with raindrops
Photo 4: Droplets on Rose of Sharon
Photo 5: Rose of Sharon Lavender beauty
The rather rainy weather has brought long awaited relief to the garden and the daffodils seem to be loving it. The full sized daffodils are now also steadily appearing and their sunny shaded petals are adding a splash of colour to the garden.
Photo 1: Daffodil after rain
Photo 2: Daffodil delight
Photo 3: Daffodil patch (small and big)
Photo 4: Daffodil Bud
Photo 5: Dreaming daffodil