Petal, San Salvador

Petal, San Salvador, El Salvador – September 2006

As I remember it, I took this photo not long after I arrived in El Salvador.

In the “wet” season, it rains every afternoon – usually at about 4pm. Usually, being the operative word, because sometimes – like when you have work to do or places to go – it comes down early. The rain clouds seem to roll down from above San Salvador (a big volcano as well as the capitol of the country) and then you can see everyone speed up what they are doing so that they can be indoors when the rain falls: workmen pack their tools, livestock get undercover and old women move with remarkable pace, all glancing over their shoulders at the volcano as they go.

I have lost count the number of times I got soaked, sometimes I ended up buying a new shirt when I got to destination, but everytime, I got wet to the point where water would stream off me when I got undercover.

But, soon after the “dry” season begins in November, you find yourself missing the rain. The lush, green landscape slowly goes yellow and everything gets a layer of dust on it. Until March, when it starts all over again!

I took this with my Minolta X1, which was hopeless for anything that moved, but here, that wasn’t a problem!

Feather, West Sussex

Feather, West Sussex August 2020

After what has felt like age, it has finally rained. In the UK we have had several weeks of hot weather, so this has felt very welcome.

I found this feather on some park land I like to walk on every morning – I’m trying to decide what sort of bird it came from – probably a seagull. It is amazing to see how oils on the feather repel the water, so that it forms little spheres (which act like mini-magnifiers). One of the beauties of the natural world, is how the closer you look, the more you can see.

Raindrops, West Sussex

Raindrops on Leaf, West Sussex June 2020

After what seems like weeks of sunshine, finally thick, grey clouds appeared and heavy rain fell. Went outside for a while to enjoy the cool breeze and splashes of rain. One of the positive things about the lockdown has been more time to enjoy my garden. What I liked here, where the little spheres of water formed in the middle of the leaf, which glistened in the light. The original was a colour picture full of vibrant greens, but I prefer this version in back and white.

Rain in Shanghai

Rain in Shanghai
Rain in Shanghai,

It rains quite often in Shanghai. Almost like clearing your throat before you move on to another subject in a conversation. On this occasion I had just acquired a “new to me” Mamiya VI dating from the early 1950s and was wandering the streets looking for pictures to try it out. One of the nice things about using digital is the almost bottomless high ISO you can get compared to with film. This was taken as the light faded to twilight – people were going home, when the heavens opened and it began to rain. Women tried various tricks to try to keep themselves dry: I was just trying to protect the bellows on the camera (bad things happen if they get wet).

I like the colours in the picture and the way you can feel that it late afternoon and will soon be evening.