Summer rain

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Summer rains bring several wonderful BEAUTIES…

1- Wonderful drinks for the thirty plants and trees

2- Wonderful smell of rain as it hits the hot pavement

3- Wonderful rainbows to photograph if you are at the perfect place in time



A dear friend sent me a lovely story of rain — very timely after our recent rain storms.

Need washing?

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in WalMart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the WalMart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.
Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom
let’s run through the rain,’
She said.
‘What?’ Mom asked.
‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.
‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.
This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain..’
‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.
‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.
‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’
‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ‘ ‘
The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.
‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did.
I ran. I got wet.  I needed washing.
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.



I played again with my Photoshop– pushing a nice photo to look like a watercolor.

Take a moment to enjoy the rain and its aftermath…

PS — enjoy Beverly’s Pink Saturday


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July 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | summer | 26 comments


26 responses to “Summer rain”

  1. Grace says:

    What a beautiful rainbow. Happy Pink Saturday. Grace

  2. Emily says:

    Claudia, beautiful rainbow. I love the picture and the gorgeous photo you turned into a watercolor. Rain has the same effect on me, I love to hear it on the roof top and the first few minutes after it rains and the fresh earth fragrance is lovely. I am so happy you like my bruschetta recipe, we have it here too for a light supper and sometimes lunch. Happy Pink Saturday to you………….

  3. Annette says:

    Hi Claudia, What a beautiful rainbow! I had to keep browsing and your photography is absolutely lovely! I’ll be back – I am now a follower 😉
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment – makes my day!

  4. Jillian says:

    So true! And usually takes a wee one to make us see the reality. Sweet post…neat photo. Both of them!

  5. Hi Claudia,
    I love that effect of watercolor, and the beautiful emphasis on the purples. Your story is delightful, I always love when you share stories.

    Your rainbow is perfect. Try as I might, I never have been able to capture the rainbows I see. It’s as if they were just meant to admire and not capture…kind of like Brigadoon.

    Yours are gorgeous.


  6. MaisonMutt says:

    Wonderful story. Love what you did to the (are those Lavenders?) in the last photo.
    Happy PS.
    Wags, Niki

  7. Sarah says:

    Beautiful story and photo…thanks for the blessing today!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  8. that is a wonderful story … we are having that kind of rain right now and I love it.

  9. Sares says:

    What a heartwarming tale. I ‘ll have to remember that while it’s raining`again`all through the weekend here in the Pacific Northwest! Your photo is beautiful as well. Happy Pink and have a terrific weekend!

  10. LaVoice says:


  11. Claudie says:

    i can’t type i sliced open 3 of my fingers with the hedge trimmer. could have been much worse. i truly could have cut them right off : (
    Dr. Randy took care of me and gave me shit for being so stupid. i waited for one of them to do the trimming, but it wasn’t happening, so i took charge, big mistake.

    we will miss you my dear friend, and we will raise our glass to you.

    great water colour pic i like it


  12. Robyn says:

    I absolutely LOVE rainbows!!! I have been fortunate enough to have spotted and photographed several in front of and behind my house this past spring. This photo is beautiful – should be framed and hung! Have a wonderful pink weekend!

  13. Happy Pink Saturday – the photos are beautiful.

  14. Sandi says:

    What a beautiful rainbow! I loved visiting you and reading the story. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday. Enjoy your weekend.


  15. Pat says:

    Love what you did to the photo in Photoshop – looks amazing!

  16. dana says:

    That was a great story you shared, Claudia. . . one that means a lot to me and one that will mean a lot to the friend I am going to share it with. I also loved your double rainbows picture! We had that happen last summer (maybe the summer before…I lose track of time)…I used my little point and shoot to get a shot, but wasn’t too successful. My hubby used his big Nikon and got a couple of good ones. It’s such a rarity to see such a gorgeous gift from nature.

    Glad you got your computer up and running again. Mine crashed about this time last year…I felt like I’d lost a family member for a few days!

    Have a great weekend. Dana

  17. Claudia says:

    Pretty rainbow. We had a double rainbow over our house this year and it was magical. Happy Pink Saturday.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    Beautiful rainbow shot!

  19. Lulu says:

    Oh my goodness, we must have seen the same rainbow at different places! I was. So excited a coup,e of weeks ago to see a perfect double rainbow hanging over Penobscot Bay in Maine. It took my breath away.

  20. Barbara Trevino says:

    How lucky we are to be able to talk freely to our children about God but more importantly to have them listen and hold us to His Word. You have been blessed by your little one.

  21. Such a sweet post Claudia. My grand-daughter, Boo, and I did take a fun walk in the rain while she was visiting. It was a hard rain which make it all the more fun. HPS and a wonderful week ahead. xo

  22. Hi Claudia,

    Your rainbow photograph is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the rain story; it’s very sweet. I enjoyed the watercolor effect you did with your photo of the purple flowers — gorgeous!! Your patriotic post was really nice, too. I, also, love to see our beautiful stars and stripes; and the red, white and blue colors are so beautiful to me.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. I’m still learning, but I really enjoy taking pictures. Have a great week!


  23. wendy says:

    I love a good rainstorm…..and that double rainbow is so pretty. We get some storms up here like I have never experienced in Utah. Kinda scary.
    It is always fun to see your great photography..and yes, that one shot DOES look like a water color painting.

  24. Dotti says:

    Wonderful post, Claudia! And I love both images but the rainbow makes my heart sing. Rainbows are so serendiptous it makes it even more wonderful when a photographer is able to capture one.

  25. Oh dang it, you made me cry. I hate to cry. I wreaks havoc with my regularly scheduled crankiness. Have a great weekend, your newest follower.

  26. Tyvek Jade says:

    But rarely one to follow a crowd, the Grammy-winning since took another tack, calling her little girl Summer Rain .

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