Sunday Stills: #Rain, Rain…Another Day

March 1st was the first day of Meteorological spring in the northern hemisphere, and here in Spokane, the temps were in the balmy mid-50s (Fahrenheit) all week. Not much rain, but I do have some rainy-day pics from my archives to share for the theme today.

An abstract view of a downpour in our backyard in Sacramento.

abstract rainy day

Since mid-December when we made the move to Spokane, Washington from Northern California, we’ve experienced snow, clouds, and sun, but oddly no rain. As if to kick us out of California, the rain came in force as we packed the last of our belongings into the truck the morning we pulled out. We hadn’t seen rain in months.

“Rain, rain go away, come again another day.”

Old English nursery rhyme

In winter and spring, 2017, the California drought ended with three months of much-needed rainy weather. As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.”

spring downpour

Another abstract view of a rain/hail mix from my archives.

hail, rain mix abstract

I kick myself for not taking some pics of my grand-niece and nephew jumping in melted snow puddles two weeks ago when we took a walk. The colorful pink boots splashing in the bright reflective puddle is the visual I will leave you with and help from Pixabay free photos to make the point.

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

A rain/snow mix in downtown Couer D’Alene, Idaho.

In January 2018, we traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii and stayed on the Hilo side, one of the rainiest cities in the US boasting 130 inches a year. It pretty much rains every day, but sometimes only during the night. We toured the rainforest (while it rained) as evidenced by hubby donning his rain slicker, as we walked through the Thurston lava tube.

Rainy day walk through lava tube

“Thurston lava tube also known as Nāhuku, is the most easily accessible of the lava tubes on the Big Island and is one of the main attractions of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

https://www.lovebigisland.com/activities-to-do/lava-tubes/

With all that rain, there is not only the after-effect of drenching the Earth but also the beauty of enjoying a walk in the rain or shortly after a rain shower. In Hilo, this Morning Glory close-up shows the simple beauty of droplets.

drops morning glory

In my former front yard in Sacramento, I enjoyed seeing the delicate, luminous raindrops on my rosebushes.

rain on rosebush

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

John Updike

I hope you enjoyed my depictions of rainy days. The floral images are shared for Cees Flower of the Day. Let’s switch gears and enjoy a coffee chat:

If we were having coffee today…

…I would tell you that significant progress was made on the house this week. You can see by our happy faces that we are thrilled with this progress.

Happy almost home

The skirting around the foundation was closed up and the contractor leveled all the excavated soil. The half-acre lot looks huge again in this view of the backyard below! Unlike most manufactured homes which tend to be built higher off the ground, our contractor chose to excavate deeper so we only have one or two steps into the doors of the home. We will appreciate fewer steps up and down in a few years!

Back view of house

Since rain is the theme and has to do with water, we started the application process and paid a substantial construction fee to our public utility company (water). I’m told they will install the water meter next week. Now the septic can get started and more interior work continues.

Please feel free to join Natalie the Explorer for her weekend coffee share.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week.
  • Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Each week I will share the links from the previous week’s post so you can continue to meet and support each other. And with that…please visit last week’s views of a white-washed world.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith

I look forward to your creative spin on your “rainy day” this week. You have the entire week to share for the theme. Each week I share your posts on my Facebook page Second Wind Leisure Perspectives or Twitter. Please follow me if you wish.

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130 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: #Rain, Rain…Another Day

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  4. Wonderful macros of the rain drops! We visited the Volcano National Park on the Big Island in 1984. We didn’t go into the tube and I’m not sure it was available back then. I did enjoy walking around the top where the steam vents were. Not sure if that is accessible now. Been a long time! The weather patterns out there are about a cooky as they are here. Too much rain, not enough! 🙂

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  18. Living in one of the wettest cities in the UK, I’m used to rain, Terri. But like you mentioned in some comments, I hardly take any photos while in the rain. I guess it’s for fear of the water getting inside my phone, even though it’s supposed to be waterproof.
    I don’t mind the rain. In fact, I much rather it is raining that being too hot.
    So pleased to read the progress of your new home. You both look thrilled.

    No photo from me this week. It’ll be my Wordless Wednesday photo tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks, Hugh! We’ve also been busy this week as family is in the area visiting after we celebrated the life of Hans’ mother. I mentioned I my comments about Sunday being a little rainy, and today is a bright sunny day! Like they say here in the Pacific North West, if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes as it will change 😉 Looking forward to your WW post!

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  26. Wonderful rainy photos! I love your Hilo pictures, especially the raindrops on the flower! My very first trip to Hawaii was to the Big Island. I remember landing in rainy Hilo, but it was warm and fragrant and I loved it!

    Having been born and raised in Seattle I know all about rain. You may be happy to know that Spokane gets half as much rain as Seattle.

    Hoping to drop by later with a rainy post!

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      1. Thanks Terri. Nice to know you’ll enjoy more blue sky in Spokane, so it won’t be as big a shock coming from California! I was born in Seattle so I’m used to the rain but even I get tired of it! 🙂

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      2. Blue skies this week forecasted, Susanne. We just had the life celebration for my MIL this weekend and we are doing some things this week with family who came to visit. Cold and frosty here but no rain!

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  28. Terri,

    I dashed through my archives and found very few rain pictures. I wish I had more because your raindrop photos inspired me–especially the Morning Glory. I LOVE purple. I found a picture I took when we traveled along the Massachusetts Coast just after I retired. A powerful nor’easter moved in and the rain came in buckets. We stayed put…you don’t mess with Mother Nature.

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  29. Beautiful rain shots, Terri. I like the rain and hail shot and all your flower shots. Also great news on your home building. Thank you for linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare. If you enter the link of your post in my InlInkz, other bloggers can see it quickly and you can see their thumbnails, too.

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  30. Wow! Rain. we haven’t seen much of that in the high desert. I’m digging and digging through my archives. I love your morning glory too. It reminds me once again that when it rains, I need to get outside and talk to the flowers and take my camera with me. Your house is looking good. I’m sure you are more than ready to stop living in an RV and get on with life at home! How’s the new job going so far? Well, I’d better get busy searching for rainy pictures. It should be somewhat easier, now that I’m getting more organized. 🙂

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    1. Great to read that your more organized, Marsha. I’m sure you have the right photo. I thought I mentioned in a comment on one of your posts that I resigned from the job after 2 weeks. The timing was bad and it turns out the job wasn’t really what I thought it was. I’m quite ok feeling retired now. The house will be a full-time job when we move and unpack and I can’t wait!

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      1. That works out better. I know when I am stressed, I tend to add more to my plate instead of focusing on what I have to get done. Eventually I have to pare it down, just like you did, getting out of the non-essentials. Enjoy retirement! You’ve earned it! 🙂

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  31. Things are moving right along with your house! And, I just read your comment about building a large garage/shop. Isn’t it nice to have the land to do that on? My husband would be quite jealous of the dedicated shop space. Lovely pictures of rain and the aftermath. We haven’t had much around here… maybe mid-week (fingers crossed).

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    1. I’m from the Canadian prairies where we also always seem to need rain or we get too much. The right quantity at the correct time is paramount to a farmer/ranching life. I remember seeing my dad cry as hail took out our entire crop.

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  32. I’m so pleased things are moving on in the house department Terri, it must be such a good feeling watching it emerge and planning the next stages. All your rain shots are fabulous especially the petals and leaves, I also featured a shot of wet leaves in my post and of course jumping in puddles is the best fun! My post can be found here, although we’re away on holidays it was too good an opportunity to miss, so I’ve shared my rainy day photos from along our 1700km drive north into Queensland. https://debs-world.com/2021/03/07/3-from-3-rainy-days-for-sundaystills/

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  35. Hi Terri, Happy to see you are much closer to being your home. I see you have been to Idaho found many places that are important. Northern Idaho. Sometimes take a trip along the Clearwater River. This road is where Lewis and Clark moved through Idaho. Years ago we camp along the ridge and the forest service had signs denoting items on the trail. I have three pictures that denote rain.
    Northern parts of Washington/ Idaho receive more moisture than the southern areas but both are usually free of moisture.
    Friday I had a lovely day, the snow-cover mountains were gorgeous. Friday night I paid for my trip.
    Have a pleasant weekend and stay free.
    I am finally getting into my early picture were on Amazon. I have learned how to get on Google.

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    1. Hi BL, I just love it up here and being so close to Idaho and Northern Montana. I just bought a WA state park pass for a whopping $30 which means we can park at any state park and hike, paddle, fish, camp etc! Looking forward to using it real soon! There is a nice hike in between where our property is and the RV park that we will visit real soon. Always nice to hear from you!

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  36. It can be hard to capture rainfall but you have some great shots here, Terri. Hilo is a great place to practice though!. Thurston lava tube is still closed, but much of the rest of the park is open. I’m glad to here your house is moving forward. Getting utilities hooked up and the land leveled are big steps.
    We’ve had a lot of rain lately so I was spoiled for choice for this topic. When I was putting this post together I could have just taken a photo out of the window and used that! Here it is: https://grahamsisland.com/2021/03/07/a-rainy-day-in-north-kohala/

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    1. I didn’t want to post too much about Hilo, Graham, as it is kind of your “territory,” (LOL), but like you read, I didn’t have many rainy shots. I also remember the rain at night and the serenade of the cocquis! We’re excited that every day, something is happening with the house. If septic can go in we can move in. The rest of the construction for the big shop can take place while we live there.

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      1. Feel free to post whatever you like from Hawaii. You have different photos, different take on things, which is interesting for people I think. A lot of that rain does happen overnight. When I visit Hilo it’s usually dry and often sunny. Hopefully you’ll be able to get in your house fairly quickly now things are moving along.

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  40. Hi, Terri – Congratulations on the excellent progress on your new home. This is awesome to hear.
    And that you for sharing your beautiful rain shots. They are all gorgeous — especially the last two. They also reminded me that I need to take some close-up shots for my photography course. I’m off to do that now! Wishing you continued smooth progress on your home!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, these are exciting times! I think you will enjoy close up photography. It ends up being my favorite style. I’m very inspired by your photography course and need to look into one myself. If you have a good phone, it is easy to get good close ups, at least for practice.

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  41. Loved your rain shots Terri – isn’t it funny the photographs we wish we’d taken but that hadn’t occurred to us at the time?! I can count many of those myself! Appreciated the update on the house – definite progress this week! Do you have to plant grass in that huge yard?!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I guess I’m not used to being around little ones and forget they are a source of great pics! We will likely plant grass closer to the house. We still have to build a 50×30 shop which will take up some room but will house our RV, vehicles and shop area. And we’ll plant trees too.

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