If you know me, then you know that I love rainy days and discovering new places. Getting to experience both in the same day leaves me speechless, especially when it’s all quite by accident.
Most rainy days I am either working or taking advantage of the down time and reading or watching a movie. On those perfect rainy days when it’s warm and the rain is steady but not a downpour, I love throwing on a jacket and boots and taking a walk. Those moments are quite possibly the most relaxed and at peace I ever feel.
On this particular day the rain was too heavy to walk in but while burning time before meeting up with some friends, I found gold. I had my camera with me and decided it was a perfect opportunity to practice getting some rainy shots. I remembered a little park area with lots of trees that was close by. Turns out, taking pictures in a deluge is not easy.
Between trying to keep the camera dry and shooting between windshield wiper blades I was having little luck. I was sitting in a parking lot just on the border of the little park; at that point I had put my camera away and was just listening to the rain and thinking that a nap sounded quite nice. Then, I saw a flash of white. A car! Just a few hundred feet away…in the trees…wait…how did they get back there? I had been short-sighted and not realized that the parking lot of the little park was actually a road that leads back to another little jungle gym and the bike trail.
Aside from myself and the other car that had gone by, it was deserted. Perfect! Under the cover of many tree branches I was able to shoot through the rhythm of the wiper blades and even roll down my window a couple times.
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” J.R.R. Tolkien