IN THE FIELD: When It Rains

Yesterday we had a dose of monsoon-like weather heading from south to the north. It covered most of the region for almost 24 hours. Not only was there steady rainfall for most of the day, but at times the water came down in deluges. The storm was accompanied by high winds bringing down branches from trees and at times, I swear it was raining sideways. The skies were ominous with sporadic lightning and thunder, and there were even some tornado warnings. After the rains subsided, the wind blew most of the night drying things out a bit.

This morning is a completely different story. The sun is shining, the sky is a pretty blue, and the temperatures are more seasonal for this time of year. While walking the pups this morning, we came across these pretty flowers growing by the roadside. They persevered through all the wrath of the day before, to share their beauty with us.

I had my 35mm lens mounted on the camera since it’s super sharp and it’s a great walk around lens. This shot was taken handheld at f3.5 @125th.

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  1. September 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

    This is so pretty!!

    • September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Teri, any idea what kind this is? ‘Cause I don’t…sure is pretty though!

  2. September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Just beautiful, and the colour is so intense. Sideways rain? Yes, I remember that well, from living in North Wales!

    • September 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      The light was just right this morning. I kinda wish the wind hadn’t dried things off so much…it would have been really nice with water droplets. Yup…raining sideways. Not all the time but when it was, it was like a fury! It was fun to watch…from inside!

  3. September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great shot, David.

    • September 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Bob, it was a nice surprise to see them this morning after all the weather we had yesterday. I spent the morning picking up sticks and some rather large branches from the front yard!

  4. September 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    How pretty. They look like sweet peas.

    • September 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

      It was a nice treat to see them growing by the roadside. Sweat peas…thank you for identifying them!

  5. September 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Love the detail and color!

    • September 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Ted, I like the contrast in colors also!

  6. September 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Hi David Love the sweet peas. So delicate but very hardy!

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Sweet peas it is then! I love them but haven’t grown them since I was a little boy. Next year’s garden for sure!!!

  7. September 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

    That’s beautiful, David! Love that splash of color.

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      It was/is so pretty where this shot was taken. There are all kinds of things growing along side of the road…the man who owns the land is a landscaper and that’s where he plants the orphans from various jobs. Some plants didn’t fare so well from the storm, but these flowers sure did!

  8. September 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful shot, fascinated me. Thank you dear David, love, nia

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you NIa, I really enjoyed seeing them blooming yesterday morning especially after the storm. They really brightened up the scene!

  9. September 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful colors! We lost some large limbs in that storm, too. I am glad that we’re back to sun and blue skies!

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      It was pretty neat seeing the little splashes of color against all the green foliage. It on a corner property and for some reason, everything on that side of the road blooms a month later than plants just around the corner. That storm was a doozy! I hauled off a branch from a huge beech tree on our side yard that weighed a ton! Should have used the tractor for that one! It sure was pretty yesterday the day after!

  10. September 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, that’s quite a storm!
    That’s a great handheld photo! The color is very rich. My grandmother used to grow sweet peas (among many other veggies in her garden), and the flowers in your photo look very similar to the flowers on her plants.

    • September 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      It was a whopper, and the next day was just gorgeous! My Mom used to grow them also when we were kids…I haven’t grown them since then but, next spring is a different story!

  11. September 21, 2012 at 6:01 am

    So delicate! It’s amazing that they have survived! The nature is just incredible! πŸ™‚

    • September 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      That’s what I thought also…they were peeking out from all the leaves and other things that were growing there. It is amazing how resilient some plants are…especially after that storm!

  12. September 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    That’s a beautiful shot! Sure wish we could have had a rain like that!

    • September 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Montucky, that was the first decent amount of rainfall all summer. The weather folks are saying storms today, it’s a sunny day and there is absolutely nothing on radar….go figure.

  13. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    September 22, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I love artists, photographers, writers… they always illuminate.
    Lovely.

    • September 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you for the nice thoughts and thank you for stopping by!

  14. September 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    SWEET, Pea! (I mean “David.”)

  15. September 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Awww gee…

  16. September 24, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Beautiful! Are they wild sweet peas? Glad they survived the wild weather for you to find them πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      They sure are. They may be…I’ve seen them in the same spot for several years now. They held up really well in the storms!

  17. September 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

    David, in celebration of my 500th post today I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blog Award (no obligation): http://thedailygraff.com/2012/09/24/the-500th-daily-graff-the-awards-show/

    • September 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      500 posts! Zowee!!! Congratulations John and thank you for nominating me for an award. Before I had started my blog I had never won anything before…it’s humbling to say the least.

  18. September 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

    That looks like a perfect specimen! I can’t believe it survived the rains.

    • September 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Sure does…who would have thought something so delicate could stand up to the wrath of those storms. Hardy little buggers!

  19. Nandini
    September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Very very pretty, David! πŸ™‚

    • September 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Nandini, I will be growing these at the new house for sure!

  20. September 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Gorgeous capture David, you do amazing work with flowers….and everything else. You are inspiring to us all! πŸ™‚

    • September 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Gee Donna, I am humbled by your kind words. Your photography inspires me also! I need a bigger piece of glass for those long range shots!

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