Sunday, May 25, 2014

Welcome rain














I didn't know until recently that there is a word for people like me, people who love rain. Sarah discussed this on her blog last week. Lovers of rain are called pluviophiles. I think I've always been a pluviophile, even before I lived in the desert. Now that I live here, I think I might be queen of the pluviophiles. I've written about my love for rain before. I long for rainy days. I look forward to every drop. Rain changes the way I live, even for just a few hours. I love having an excuse to stay inside. I enjoy watching the sky darken; wide-open blue skies are not the only beautiful kind. As rain lashes the windows and pours from the canales, I settle in, for as long it takes, to savor the feeling of needing shelter. I drink tea and wander from room to room, observing the way the rooms change in the darkness. I leave it as long as possible before turning on lamps. I want to see the rain streaking down the windowpanes, casting shadows on walls and furniture. I sit under the skylight in the family room, listening to the rain fall. When the rain begins to let up, I go outside to look around at things normally dry and dusty - our drought-tolerant plants, our gravel front yard, our brick and stone patios; everything looks different wet. Everything smells different too. I appreciate the entire experience of a rainy day, doing whatever I can to remember it until next time. It rained on Friday and Saturday, an early-summer storm. I revisited all of my rain rituals. The monsoon is still about a month away, but I wait with anticipation.

It started raining again about an hour after I published this post. It rained the rest of the day and continues now, in early evening. I'm savoring our unusually rainy weekend.

41 comments:

  1. I love, love, love the rain as well. It's so nice to be inside, safe and warm and dry, while it hammers down outside. It's especially nice when the plants are dry and thirsty. I like to imagine all of the dust being washed off of the leaves. We had a thunderstorm on Friday, it was fantastic. CJ xx

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  2. I love the way you describe your life, so beutifully written and detailed! I live in a seaside town and although I love being on the beach on sunny days, the winter is my absolute favourite time to visit...rolling cloud and crashing waves, wind and rain battering me from all sides, it's just magnificent and makes me feel alive! xxx

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  3. We get rain quite a lot here in Scotland but, for all that, I love it too! :o)

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  4. Your pictures and the narrative are beautiful! I love a rain like that too. The fresh smell, the refreshed flowers, staying dry inside are all wonderful. Sleeping in a storm is the best!

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  5. Lovely photos! Your bedroom is so cozy and inviting. I like a good rainy day from time to time myself, and we get our share here. I love how everything looks so green and lush after the rain.

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  6. Well colour me pink and call me a pluviophile too! We're waiting on cooler days to hit us here. The only sign that we are in Autumn is that our leaves are turning colour otherwise we're still in our summer gear! Enjoy the rain xxx

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  7. I love the rain too and the smells. We had quite dramatic rain today but often it is just sulky threatening and lack of sun here. Still I suppose that's what keeps us so green.

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  8. I am a big fan of summer rain, it is a great way to cool down and makes everything so beautiful! We are supposed to have storms this week and I can't wait! Beautiful photos, your photography has gotten awesome :)

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  9. We've also had quite a bit of rain here lately. -I absolutely love it and I think we are in need of it. I enjoy the rain. I'm so happy you're enjoying these rainy days. :)

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  10. Yes love the rain and the smell of plants after the rain ☺

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  11. Your shots are just fantastic! I too love those moments before the storm starts...the skies and all of the magic and coziness that comes with rain! And of course the fact that it feeds our gardens! So outstanding! Enjoy every second and by the way I had no idea that there was a name for rain lovers! You learn something new everyday!!! Happy week to you! Nicole xo

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  12. I love rain too ( although I probably love Spring sun more), but I don't think anything beats sitting in my conservatory watching a storm arrive, followed by rain beating down on the glass. X

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  13. Ok. You live in a desert so I'll let you away with this love of rain. Just.
    I enjoy a little rain. I quite like the occasional thunderstorm or a gentle April shower when I'm walking home. I could even go for a sudden summer drenching when I know it will be steamingly warm straight afterwards, but I live in Liverpool where for the most part rain is a. Heavy and b. Falls a lot.
    I don't hate rain, but..... apathy? Is that the word? I can take it or leave it, but I'd rather have Camelot rain that falls between midnight and 7am, so the day can be fine.

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  14. I love rain also the smell and the sound of the roof when I'm in bed is the best.

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  15. Hello Jennifer,

    You almost convince us here to love the rain too!

    Your photographs are incredibly atmospheric and do capture this love of the rain that you have. We can share it with you through these wonderful words and images. And, whilst we too appreciate the smell of the earth after rain, especially after a long dry spell, we cannot escape the dreariness of cold English drizzle which makes the days so grey and seems to last for ever. Let the sun shine.....

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  16. I love to lie in bed listening to heavy rain in summer, especially if the garden needs it. In England though, especially the western side of it, it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

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  17. I also love the rain... smell and sound. Beautiful pics Jennifer :D

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  18. I love rain too, and now I have a new word: Pluviophile! You have found some beautiful ways to make pictures of rain, Jennifer, something I have been trying to do on the rare occasions we get a bit of the magic stuff. HB and I love storms also, and sit outside watching the rain, wind, lightning, and all, until we get wet and have to retreat!

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  19. You have a way with words. Love the way you explained it. Rain is a wonderful thing. We tend to appreciate it more when we're in drought conditions like we are now. It rained a little bit over here too and we expect more all this week.
    xx Beca

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  20. I am with you and now have a new word to describe myself. Pluviophiles, I like it. Living in Florida I get so sick of the intense sun and the sheer brightness of every day. I love when the clouds roll in and we get a nice storm, but better yet is a day of steady rain, when I can be inside and enjoy the coziness of the rain against my windows.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  21. I know we wouldn't have the beautiful green countryside we do here without rain, but I prefer it to rain during the night and for the days to be fine. Saying that, I do love to wake to rain lashing on the windowpane on a day when I have nothing better to do than lie there and listen to it.

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  22. This is beautiful! I agree with you. Even more so, I enjoy a hot summer night, standing on the deck and watching lightening from far away. The eerie rustle of wind portends a serious storm, but I stay out there as long as possible because it makes me feel the same way you've described here!

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  23. I prefer it after the rain, the smell and the plants glistening in the sunlight.

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  24. I can totally understand your love of rain! I remember when I moved to the US and we lived in the south and it didn't rain for ages and ages after we arrived. The one day it suddenly started to rain and I went outside and just stood in the rain and enjoyed it so much. It was lovely how the air was suddenly cooled and the humidity was gone (if you know what I mean!). Everything was refreshed. Even though that was years ago I remember it so well. Of course in England we are not always quite so keen on the rain as we get a lot more! xx

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  25. I'm the total opposite - I love bright, sunny days! I don't like rainy days (they make me feel lazy and somewhat down), but then again, it could be because we usually have a lot of them in the spring here in northern IL. We're due for thunderstorms today and tomorrow...the sky is dark and cloudy right now and the air is very still. I actually don't mind the rain coming in today though because we've just had a string of warm, sunny days. We need the rain.

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  26. Oh, my friend, come and live in England!! It rained ALL DAY Thursday, Friday, Saturday and most of yesterday. I got so bored indoors I went out in it and did some gardening. I got soaked down to my underwear. I loathe the rain. I mean, on a logical level I appreciate it's value, it's importance, but it makes me pace, makes me restless and anxious. I just read Sarah's post and said pretty much the same thing there I think! I want to know what a person who loves blue skies, who's mood lifts with the air pressure, is called. xx

    ps Gorgeous photos - you captured that funny, flat light really well.

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  27. Hey Jennifer,
    Here in the SW of the UK we have lots of rain. This weekend has been dominated by it. It has shaped our moods. There has been an awful lot of bickering. It's been rather unpleasant. I love your description of wandering through your house and enjoying the sounds and the light. And your mountain looks glorious.
    Leanne xx

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  28. I enjoyed reading your perspective on rain, Jennifer. I'm afraid it's one I don't share, although I do love the occasional good storm, especially if it involves thunder and lightning. You would love it where we live. We get days of non-stop rain. In fact, it has been pouring for two straight days. I am going to try to view it through your eyes rather than my own. :-)

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  29. On the eastern seaboard, rain meant entire overcast, humid days and fat, cold, sullen drops when you least expected it. Monsoon season in Boulder changed my mind about rain. A clear blue morning changes quickly to a plain of gray clouds and a quick, light sprinkling of rain for two or three hours in the afternoon, before the skies clear again in time for a beautiful sunset behind the mountains.

    The rainy season seems to be poking its head in the door early this year over here - is it the same for you?

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  30. I enjoyed your post on rain. If you really like rain you theres plenty here in England !!

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  31. I love rain, too, but my favorite is a good thunderstorm. I really miss them, because here in the UK they very rarely happen (just lots and lots of dull grey clouds and rain), and when they do everyone behaves as if the world is literally about to end. How I miss watching the big, ominous dark clouds rolling in, the thunder rumbling closer and closer - oh, what I took for granted when I lived back in the States! Thank you for this lovely post! Chrissie x

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  32. I thoroughly enjoyed this post! We live in Oregon which is notoriously rainy. I mean it can rain for months! But luckily, I have many of your rain enjoying habits. My daughter moved 3000 miles away because the rain and clouds depressed her. I think it's all in how you choose to look at it.. it's a choice to see the bright side of the clouds.. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  33. It's been a rainy bank holiday weekend here in the UK, we're used to it, although after a dry spell I love the rain like the plants and tree are collectively sighing in relief at the rain, plus it's perfect to hunkering down with some yarn and a hook
    Clare x

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  34. I especially like the shot of the wet bricks.

    Pluviophile is a lovely word - can't you just hear the plop of rain when you say it? I enjoy the rain too. It does, as you say, enhance one's appreciation of safety and shelter. So does a heavy snowfall - but I suppose you don't get too many of those! :)

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  35. I enjoy sitting in my greenhouse when it is raining. I do find the pitter patter on the glass particularly relaxing & have been known to take yarn, hook & needles in there with me. The garden also smells refreshing after a good rain storm too.

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  36. Beautiful photos! ... as per usual! :) Its been raining here too... a lot! I love the rain... what I don`t like, its how it makes my hair even more frizzy looking that it is already! haha
    Hugs!

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  37. A beautifully written post and one I really enjoyed. So much you wrote resonates with me, I also love the smell, the colour of the sky and how it changes the light in the house. I love the cosiness that comes with it and being able to snuggle under a crochet blanket and read books. I feel like it cleanses my mind and soul and yes I too love rain! xoxo

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  38. Oh no, I posted on this post and it did not publish! Booo! Anyway, I can certainly appreciate the beauty in rainy days Jennifer. Your pictures have captured it perfectly! I love the sounds and the smell of rain, and I love the excuse to stay indoors, all warm and cozy. However, this weekend it rained so badly here, right through to the bank holiday Monday! I have to admit I got a bit sick of it as I was itching to get outside and do my gardening! I think if I lived in a hot country like you though, I would probably appreciate the rain a whole lot more. :o))

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  39. Me too, me too, I am totally a pluviophile, although I do tire of rain after more than a few days of it, and unfortunately more than a few days of rain is something the Welsh weather can manage with ease!

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  40. I really loved your paean of praise to rain and your evocative photos capture its magic perfectly, especially the one of water on red tiles with the raindrop rings. However one can have too much of a good thing and here in the UK we often do. I must admit that after last winter and the totally washed-out bank holiday weekend we've just had, I absolutely long for warmth and blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine. It's a shame we can't swap weather sometimes. :-)

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  41. Wow, Jennifer, your photography skills are awesome and very frame-worthy! As a scrapbooker, I can see a perfect 2-page layout in homage to a rainy day. I had to chuckle, too, because I have that same rug.

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