Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Rain

Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
(performed by) Johnny Rivers

Thank you to everyone for your very sweet comments and good wishes on my previous post. And thanks especially to those who have stuck with me through the years, to those who commented for the first time and every fine one of you in between.

These photos were taken at different stages of different rainy days. The names after the song quotes are those of the performers and not of the lyricists.

rainy lake
Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm
I know, it's been comin' for some time
When it's over, so they say, it'll rain a sunny day
I know, shinin' down like water
~ Creedence Clearwater Revival

a hard rain
Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
~ Eurythmics

a bit of rain
Long as I remember the rain been comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages tryin' to find the sun.
And I wonder still I wonder who'll stop the rain.
~ Creedence Clearwater Revival

weather started getting rough
Listen to the mandolin rain,
Listen to the music on the lake
~ Bruce Hornsby

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true
~ Judy Garland

post rain loveliness
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
~ Johnny Nash

iris after the rain
You and me and rain on the roof
Caught up in a summer shower
Drying while it soaks the flowers
Maybe we'll be caught for hours
Waiting out the sun
~ The Lovin' Spoonful

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide...

So we've been told
And some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see
Some day we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me
~ Kermit the Frog

vibrant sunset in the east
I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
~ Gene Kelly

More photos coming up soonish.


ADRIAN said...

Another interesting set.
I really enjoyed the fifth one with the rainbow.

Anonymous said...

We had much needed rain yesterday also. You captured some great photos of rain over the lake.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

These are INCREDIBLE captures. It's hard to capture rain in a photo, but you really did a magnificent job of it :)

Hilary said...

You can't possibly ever get sick of that view. It is incredible.

DJan said...

Magnificent series, Hilary. I stared at the pictures and felt myself transported into them. They are wonderful. Thank you so much, Ms. Talented One. :-)

Out on the prairie said...

that last shot was my fav, very nice

Anvilcloud said...

As a Rayner, I approve this post. :)

yaya said...

We've had a lot of rain this Summer...a lot of our driveway washing away! I just had to visit to see how you captured rain in your part of the world. Beautifully as always! I need to see more rainbows in my rainy days instead of stones on the road! Have a good week!

Jenn Jilks said...

Especially on a rainy day, it is heavenly!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I was hoping for a rainbow, gorgeous pictures ALL, what a place to live in!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Wonderful shots...especially the rainbow!
-- Goa fun!

Gayle said...

Love your creativity photos and poetry. You make research and your blog so darned much fun. S. Calif. gets almost no rain so this is SUCH a treat! Do you get great thunder and lightening, too? Thanks for sharing with us.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

love these. I can smell the rain and feel the refreshing feeling. Happy Rainbows.....

TexWisGirl said...

these are just beautiful. the ones showing rain over the water were so calming! thanks for the break from tx heat. :)

Betsy Brock said...

Absolutely perfect...nice capture of the rain, the rainbow and the gorgeous pink clouds afterward!

ellen abbott said...

so beautiful. rain is so cleansing.

stephen Hayes said...

I can never get enough rainbow pictures. Thanks for sharing these.

Friko said...

I just love the misty, rainy pictures. It stirs a deep lake of melancholy in me.

Hilary, I have trouble reading he new font. I’m not expecting you to change it for my sake, just saying.

Gail Dixon said...

Great songs! Especially CCR. What word above great can I use for these photos? Sensational! Yeah, that's it. Have a great week!

Brian Miller said...

it is only after the rain that we get the rainbow...the sun is finally out here today...and the world might warm up just a bit....have a wonderful day.

Daryl said...

i mistakenly thought the lyrics to this were 'Summer rain, makes me feel fine ….

but its not, its

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.

oh well

lovely rainy photos and even lovelier rainbows

Red said...

I'll bet they're more coming up. there are many songs and poems about rain. Do you take requests? How about I Love Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit?
I think you've started a new idea with various themes.

The Furry Gnome said...

Lovely pictures of rain!

messymimi said...

Thank you for including Kermit's song! Your view is ever lovely, in all moods and lights and weathers.

Rob-bear said...

"Every time it rains, it rains acid from heaven." ~ Anon.

Sad story, but true. Which is why so many lakes are having a bad time sustaining wildlife.

You, however, have looked past that unfortunate reality with some wonderful pictures of a rainy day.


Blessings and Bear hugs!

Cloudia said...

May just be the Best Blog Post of ALL TIME!

This is the platonic ideal of a post! I'm gobsmacked by every pic, and heard every song in my head.

I adore you

Fond ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

Lisa Gordon said...

These are wonderful, Hilary!
I especially love the photograph of the rain.
I can almost hear it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Well executed on all levels, and this CCR fans is purring.

Country Girl said...

Gorgeous, Hilary.

We had a storm come in that brought some needed rain and lower temps and it was good. Not the storm, though. What it brought!

Slamdunk said...

Though the rain can be a temporary damper on our fun, your beautiful photos illustrate the rewards.

With the cooler temps, we have been able to listen to more rain storms lately; definitely a perk. And, rainbows like those you captured are always welcomed by us.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh my goodness! This is a beautiful set of pictures. I love the rainy shots and then the rainbow and finally those gorgeous clouds.Wow!

Dan said...

Cleansing and refreshing... I feeel good!


Becca said...

I love these gorgeous, rainy pictures! I wish it would rain here in Santa Barbara so that I could capture some rainy images! :)

Tabor said...

I remember a terrific and terrible Canada rain we got caught in while staying in a fishing camp up there. Even the loon took shelter by our canoe! These are beautiful photos, and each one slightly different.

Laura said...

Exquisite series Hilary… it has been raining on and off here the past week or so. Some very heavy down pours and the rain and sun mingling. I've not spotted any rainbows, but I'm sure they've been around. Yours are beautiful, filled with hope.

Terri said...

Wow- awesome shots. And CCR, well..nuf said..CCR rocks.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely dead on Hilary, the scenery are superb, and the songs, you can't beat them.

Pearl said...

What a beautiful part of the world...

Happy blogiversary, Hilary!!


Shammickite said...

You have certainly had a lot of opportunities just recently to take pictures of the rain. What a strange summer it's been, lots of cloud and sudden rain, and those lovely cool nights when I can sleep with the windows open and there's no constant hummmmmm of neighbourhood air conditioners.
And your rain pictures are lovely. The rain advancing across the lake... an amazing sight and sound!

Unknown said...

As much as we need the rain, I hate that it keeps the kids indoors during the summer.

Kamana said...

i long for rain

Mage said...

I'm always a shy not leaver. After your kind comment about my comic con pictures, I wanted to say thank you.

Then,,,,,,,,,,,rain, such wonderful stuff rain. I keep it in my memory.

Anonymous said...

What stunning shots! And congratulations on your seven years of blogging!

Sandra said...

the last one is stunning.. and i love the view of the dock and bench

Betty Manousos said...

these are just awesome, hilary.

it's really hard to pick a fave.

and i linked to you today!

big hugs!

Glo said...

Rain, what's rain? ;) Gorgeous and enchanting photos ~ and love your sunny blog background.

SandyCarlson said...

How you do it! I feel the rain and hear the music and love where you are! Thank you for bringing us to where you are.

Unknown said...

While we receive only 6 inches of rain in Arizona, today we are actually under a "flash flood alert", which is amusing. But what a timely visit! Have a nice weekend, Hilary!

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steviewren said...

Your view of the lake as the rain approaches is wonderful. I like how the view slowly recedes and then appears again as the rain stops.

steviewren said...

Oh, and ps....I like the new look!

Chicken said...

Hi Smitten-happy blogiversary-I missed your last post. And this post, ahh, so lovely. That first photo...amazing. You are amazingg.

Sharon Wagner said...

What a creative post! The rain sure inspired you.

photowannabe said...

Every photo is a piece of heaven but the last one just takes my breath away. Simply gorgeous.
Oh do we need the rain!
No rain for so long and drought conditions, plants and grass slowly wilting...not good.
You have such a perfect spot to watch the storms come and go.

Linda said...

Wow, Hilary, that was some rain. I love the way you photographed the progression, culminating in that beautiful sunset. Was this the same storm that produced the hail in your videos?

Indrani said...

Looks like a fairy land! The sky, the colors, rainbow all so beautiful!

Mandy Southgate said...

You live in a very beautiful part of the world! By the way, that lake I used to live next to? A pond compared to your lake!