This past Wednesday was the first measurable rain in 36 days here in the Quad Cities. And it was only .02", a few drops that barely wet the ground. So, when it REALLY rained on Sunday, it had been more like 40 days. Waking up to the sound of rain on my much-needed day off was almost magical.
I always thought I could live in one of those notoriously rainy towns. And I kind of got my wish when I studied abroad in Costa Rica. My semester coincided with their wet season, so it rained daily - sometimes a short burst clearing up after just a few minutes, and sometimes drizzling off and on all day. They also call it their green season because the canopy is in bloom and it's so green you can hardly believe your eyes. So they don't hide from the rain, they embrace it, with open air living rooms, and atriums that let rain fall right into the middle of the house. Somehow I think there is an even deeper sense of peace for me now in the rain, subconsciously bringing me back to a place where people live a slower life, soaking up the simple things like nature and good company.
We opened all the windows and let the fresh rain scent and cool breeze into the house. It must have really peaked my senses because I felt the need to somehow capture everything. I guess you call that photography. So, I played with my food....
Then I played in the backyard...
I was loving the saturated colors and slightly overcast lighting. I shot these photos with my iPhone (no filters or editing). Admiring beautiful photography has long been a passion of mine, but I've always left the practice to others, fearing that the pursuit of perfection would consume and disappoint me. In fact, I've never even owned a digital camera. Like my journey with entrepreneurship, though, I realize now it's about just starting. Anywhere. That each photo taken is the stepping stone to the next, better shot. So, I guess I've embarked.
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.