Sunday, June 19, 2011

Precious Droplets



Winter time in South Africa is when we receive the bulk of our annual rainfall in the Western Cape, where I live.

By the time the first rains arrive, our dams are usually very low and the grassy verges lining the roads are parched and brown. Seemingly just days after the first good soaking, everything changes into the most beautiful shades of green. At this time of year, when the sun shines and the air is crisp, fresh and clear, our vistas are even more beautiful, enhanced greatly by the clean air and softer, gentler light. It is one of my favourite times of the year. 

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This past week was typical of this season.  Indeed, although our winter has been a little later in arriving than usual, it is living up to expectations. We've had some heavy downpours and the weather has been decidedly bleak and chilly for days at a time.  It seemed an appropriate opportunity to capture some of those precious droplets on camera...to enjoy even more beautiful raindrop captures, please pop over to Vicki Lane's incredibly lovely blog...  http://vickilanemysteries.blogspot.com/2011/06/between-rains.html...Vicki and her family live in their very own, rural paradise and it is here that she finds her inspiration to write her popular mysteries. She truly is one of my all-time favourite bloggers! 
No single raindrop regards itself as being responsible for the deluge...
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart.
~ Irish Blessing ~
"The raindrops seem to play a sweet refrain" [excerpt from The Beatles]
"The sky showered raindrops to soften the earth and lay down dust"
~ Sai Baba ~
Even raindrops have to queue!

No finely crafted diamond necklace is more beautiful than Nature's own raindrop jewellery...

Nor finely strung, lace beadwork can compare with the delicate weave of this bejewelled spider's web!

Fairy sips resting on Maidenhair fronds!

How long until it plops to the soft damp earth beneath?

Elusive prisms suspended for a brief moment in time...

Each droplet will silently merge into a tiny rivulet...is this the beginning or end of its existence?

31 comments:

  1. This is amazing !!! wowwwwww....like your pictures....here it is also rain and rain....i hope the summer will not forget us thias year......love Ria...xxx....

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  2. Today's gallery is astounding! Although they are a tad small, I put one of them on my desktop.

    The weather here is exactly the opposite, hot and dry. Your droplet photos are like a cool breeze to look at. Lovely shots!

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  3. My God aren't these BEAUTIFUL pictures?! Desiree you turn into a real artist! And I agree that rain brings life into this world!

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  4. A-MAZ-ING PHOTOS! I am in awe of the beauty of raindrops!

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  5. Hello Susan at this and that was right you have a great blog. Your photos and descriptions are awesome. B

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  6. Hey Des! It's been ages and ages since the last time I dropped by, and I've missed your blog so!
    And today's post was the best welcome back I could ever have. I absolutely love the rains. Raindrops are one of the prettiest, most happiest things on this planet, and they make me laugh in the best way possible! Your pictures make me feel as if I'm outside immediately after a shower, when everything is cool and fresh and bright. :) :)
    I love the photographs so much, especially the ones of raindrops on the leaves, and the strings of raindrops on the spider webs. They're so beautiful, aren't they? :) :)
    Thank you so very much for the pictures, Des! Big hug! :)

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  7. As usual Des the pictures were amazing and that is an understatement my friend. I love photography that captures detail. It is hot and dry here in the US and should be up near triple digits by the early afternoon.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  8. Wow, you sure do know how to take a photo. They are gorgeous!

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  9. Beautiful photos & descriptions.

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  10. Just incredible pictures! Love the thoughts that go with them too.

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  11. Simple amazing captures! Stunning! And your words are beautiful.

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  12. I know the feeling of yearning for the rains to come, and the beauty of the landscape as it turns - nearly overnight - from brown to green. Your photos are beautiful and capture the freshness of those first rains.

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  13. Beautiful photos each one, Desiree. And the accompanying words are fitting too. Have a blessed day, dearest Des. (((hugs))) Jo

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  14. My goodness Desiree, what absolutely stunning photos of all those raindrops. I particularly liked photo number 2. Haven't heard about all the puppies lately, so hope they are all doing well!

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  15. You are a professional photographer...oh my goodness, this is so beautiful. Green is my favorite color and you've turned it into art!

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  16. Oh I love these pictures. This is absolutly beautiful. Nature is just amazing. Thank you for sharing this. As for my dad he is the best and I hope he really is proud of me.

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  17. Hi Everyone!

    Oh, my goodness! I had no idea these pictures would inspire such a wonderful reaction...it obviously pleases me greatly, though and so thank you to all of you for having left such lovely comments :)

    Big hug,
    Des xoxo

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  18. Thisisme!

    I have a new post featuring the pups which will be posted tomorrow ;) Thank you for enquiring about them!

    Milo was neutered on Wednesday last week...stitches to be removed next Saturday.

    We have finally moved them in with Toby...they all sleep together in the kitchen now. Our front lounge/study area has been 'put back in order' as it was prior to the pups adoption and Bill has returned to sleep in our bedroom...he'd taken it upon himself to sleep with them on a single bed mattress while they were being acclimatised (& housetrained) to a life of comfort after the rescue shelter cages :) Milo isn't quite housetrained yet, but is almost there! They have adapted very well to being with Toby, who seems to love having them with him, so it's proven to have been a win-win situation ;)

    Big hug,
    Des xoxo

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  19. Desiree,
    Oh that Irish blessing is lovely - one I have not heard before. And fairy sips! what a beautiful description. You have been taking photography lessons methinks! wow absolutely amazing photos! Growing up in Jhb we could never imagine rain in the cold winter down in the Cape. Brrr... makes me shiver just to think of cold AND wet!

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  20. Desiree - WOW - your photos are brilliant - love how they show the intricacy of the webs & the micros of the water droplets. There's something so "feeling small in a big world" in this photo journal. If you don't mind, I'm going to repost to my blogs fb page for my friends!

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  21. So, your wet season is just beginning as ours is ending (at least I hope ours is ending...soon!)

    Such beautiful photos! You did a great job on these.

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  22. I love these pictures they are so amazing and beautiful thank you for sharing with us...........

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  23. "Even raindrops have to queue" - love that! :-)
    Gorgeous images.

    I came over from Vicki, very glad she gave us a link to your wonders. I love fiddleheads, have had a passion for them since I was little enough to bend down and be almost at eye-level with them. They seemed such mysterious creatures then, and they still do!

    May winter bring you all the rain you need for the year"

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  24. Gorgeous photos, the spider's web is amazing. It seems that summertime here is the time for the rain!

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  25. Well, I'm absolutely blown away with your photos Des --- truly blown away. They are exquisite to the nth degree!!
    Such a true delight. I could hardly believe my eyes... you've captured nature's priceless jewels.
    You should be so proud of these :D)

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  26. Truly beautiful photos, Desiree. I imagine that they were fun to take and delightful to see when you looked at them for the first time.

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  27. What a magical trip, Desiree, from the caves drawing wild game and then the loungers! How special too, to be able to share this with your sister.

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  28. You have some truly amazing photos here! Fantastic!

    In the UK, we are hearing noises about drought and water restrictions and poor crops etc. We had the driest spring for many many years.

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  29. What a beautiful set of images. I am deeply jealous. I would love to have a camera with such macro capabilities. I love the spider webs best of all. They are just magic!

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  30. i wonder how i missed this one....and it surely would have been sad if i did.
    these pictures are just so amazing! i'm mesmerized by water droplets on plants...webs...the glitter...sparkle...OH i love these!!! so magical! wow!!!

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