Exhibit A:  Droplets of rain on leaf

Exhibit A: Droplets of rain on leaf

The truth is:  I don’t live in Spain.  Have never even visited that beautiful country.  Although my daughter visited there last autumn and spent a week aboard a sailboat in Barcelona.  She actually learned how to sail on the Mediterranean!  How cool is that?

Exhibit B:  Droples of rain on yellow-green leaf

Exhibit B: droplets of rain on yellow-green leaf

However, I am a fan of My Fair Lady.  The recesses of the brain that still love to sing “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.  (By George I think she’s GOT it!)” undoubtedly hijacked this blog.  Hence, the title.

Exhibit C:  Upright Leaf with (you guessed it) droplets of rain

Exhibit C: Upright Leaf with (you guessed it) droplets of rain

Actually, I made it outside for today’s outdoor adventure in between showers.  All morning an ominous inner voice kept nagging, “You better get outside.  You’re going to be sorry.  You’re going to be cold and wet and miserable.  You better stop your putzing and get outside.”   (I mostly ignored its dire predictions, until the sky suddenly darkened threateningly.  Time to go outside.)

Exhibit D:  Leaf veins of rain

Exhibit D: Leaf veins of rain

As usual, nothing immediately presented itself as an interesting photographic study.  Same old, same old.  Who wants to see more colorful autumn leaves, especially when they are starting to turn that dismal flat pastel washed-out color? (With a few vibrant exceptions, of course.)  Then suddenly I saw It.  Oh my goodness!  A perfect Leaf with perfect water droplets.  What could be more magnificent?

Exhibit E:  Studies in White Leaf

Exhibit E: Studies in White Leaf

Once you see one, you see more. Your eyes are suddenly opened.  Leaves with water droplets appeared everywhere!  And aren’t they so…so…artful?  Like they belong hanging in some art museum where we can all admire something as simple as Rain Droplets on Leaves.

Exhibit F:  Sappy brown rain droplets on leaf

Exhibit F: Sappy brown rain droplets on leaf

The journey to photograph leaves took me down the road, with a side detour on an old logging road.  The eyes remained trained on the ground, lest a single leaf escape admiration.  (Anyone believe that?  There are nigh on a million leaves on the ground!)  As I exited the logging path, I spotted AJ walking up the road.  Walked down to him, and together we crested the hill.   Invited him to look at Barry’s garage project.  OK, will show the rest of you the garage edition project another time, once we get off the subject of leaves.

Exhibit G:  And Two shall join together...

Exhibit G: And Two shall join together...

It started to rain harder.  AJ continued on his walk.  I did one more loop around the back of the house, emptying the woodstove ash buckets (with the dead trapped mouse lying belly up in the white ash) and discovered the Family of Leaves conclusion to the series.

Exhibit H:  Family of leaves in rain

Exhibit H: Family of leaves in rain

Came inside to turn on the computer and discovered another message from Wordpress.com saying they were featuring the previous blog on their home page.  This time I didn’t get wildly excited and almost suffer a heart attack from dancing on the ceiling.  This time I maturely wrote the editors a note, “Have I told you guys how much I love you lately?”  They haven’t written back.

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