|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?