Perfect raindrop blossoms in the rapidly-growing lupine

Perfect raindrop blossoms in the rapidly-growing lupine

The sky opened its arms today and out poured the raindrops.  The thirsty earth received her offering with pleasure; everywhere greenery bursts forth through the forest floor.  We’ve been anticipating our first rainy day for weeks.  Even though it drizzles, rather than steadily pours, the ground shines wet and the puddles fill up.  A beautiful spring rain day!

I traipsed in the woods like a sleuth looking for wildflowers.  None.  Yet the greenery of the leaves are now appearing, poking up through the dried leaf cover, heading upward to find the sun. 

Here’s what you need to wear to wander in the woods on a rainy day:  boots, rain pants, sweatshirt, rain jacket, hat and mittens.  And of course the camera.  Never forget the camera.  The trees weep on you, especially if you happen to jostle them, and soon you’re drenched.  The birds sing riotously, flitting from branch to branch.

A rare treasure:  a spiderweb captures raindrops

A rare treasure: a spiderweb captures raindrops

Barry’s been gone downstate all weekend, so he’s missing this rain adventure.  He’s lamented the lack of rainfall already this spring; he’s even uttered a damning prophecy that the morel mushroom season won’t happen.  (I refuse to believe him.  There will be morel mushrooms.  There will.  There must.  It was a challenged season last May and my mouth is already watering for the lovely ‘shrooms sauteed in butter with a bit of thyme and marjoram perhaps.) When he returns…soon, I think…he should be in happy spirits in our drizzling world.

Vibrant orange leaf shines out

Vibrant orange leaf shines out

I’ve taken maybe six photos of wintergreen in the last month or so.  For some reason, the wintergreen pictures always get kicked to the side, ignored in favor of other green photos.  This time I’m posting it.  Mostly because this particular baby looked so stunning with its pink-red coloring on the stems.  Wintergreen is an interesting plant to munch in the woods.  Actually, I don’t recommend munching.  It’s much more lovely to put the leaf in your mouth and let the wintergreen flavor suffuse.  Like peppermint or spearmint leaves, a little bit goes a long way. 

Presenting:  Wintergreen

Presenting: Wintergreen

I had a big mission during today’s walk in the woods.  To capture a drop of rain rippling on a pond in a photograph.  Is this possible?  Will the little Sony Cybershot show the spirals of a ripples reverberating outward?  Will it?  Without the photographer plunging headfirst into the pond?

The answer is YES!  Behold the ripples in our cattail pond:

Raindrop ripples in the pond

Raindrop ripples in the pond

I hope you enjoyed today’s rainfall as much as we did!

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