Every year, I get outside to take pictures of what's blooming in our yard. While I watch petals pop and trees bud, I don't get overly excited about it until a gentle rain hits the blossoms. Then, the light refracts through the drops, makes leaves and blooms glisten, and catches my eye in ways a dry day can't. I have a penchant for shooting in the rain.
This year, that gentle rain came on Earth Day. Though I'd just gotten home from an informal outdoor shoot that already had me soaked and a bit chilled, I clicked on the macro lens and went outside.
A gentle rain that comes in April nourishes the now-soft soil, encourages whatever's under the surface to continue its upward climb. In our case, that means a lot of dandelions and spring onions and sow thistles and creeping charlies and you get the picture. So while our yard is filled with more weeds than I'm sure most of our neighbors want to be neighbor to, it's wildlife friendly. No bird and its fledglings will get poisoned by herbicides. We're probably helping the bees, too.
It was refreshing to have something new to photograph right in our own yard, no need to go anywhere to find something beautiful to spend time with while the spring rain washes away the remains of winter's dreary spell.
Here's a bit of what was blooming on this little corner of the earth where I'm planted.