Rainy Impressions, San Francisco

Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Rainy Day Crossing



“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

~Langston Hughes



Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Night in the Marina


Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Golden Gate


Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Russian Hill


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

~John Updike


Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Secret Gardens


Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California

Windows and Coit


Rain, San Francisco, Abstract, Photography, City, California





Categories: Abstract, Architecture, City Scenes, Night Photography, Photography, Water, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. LOVE these, missing the rainy days!

  2. Amazing photos. I always feel like I am the only one that actually likes rain! The smell of the earth after rain is amazing.

  3. This is great… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  4. Wow these photos are really great i think! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Window shots!!! A question: do you favor one window over another, or do you choose a window depending upon what you see?

  6. these r absolutely spectacular!!! I love seeing the gorgeous SF landscapes through the raindrops….u captured each one of them so brilliantly!!!

  7. I love these images. An awesome series of San Francisco abstractions.

  8. The rain adds such a tender and provocative mood to your set of images.

  9. Such lovely images, nice take on the challenge.

  10. Lovely, moody shots, Jane. Beautiful work.

  11. Super fantastic shots Jane and what a grand sight that rain is!

  12. Of course I love these. Looks like we were both in a rainy day frame of mind. That last one, Rooftops, really sings. I like the heavy water and how it has softened the lines and colors.

  13. Oh the rain that slows me down ……. Makes me stop, reflect, regroup, transform…. lovely ..

  14. Your beautiful photos make me yearn for a rainy day…minus our mosquito population in the Low Country

  15. Interesting idea Jane. Really like the rooftops shot…nice take on the challenge.

  16. Each of these is so beautifully unique, Jane.
    I especially love the first one.
    Simply perfect, to me.

  17. I know the bridge from the first photo. Was there last year ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Very nice Jane! Proof that great photos can be had in any kind of weather.

  19. I LOVE everything about this rainy day post.

  20. Such a creative interpretation of the challenge, Jane. I read the other comments and you mentioned Bob held the wheel. You really had good timing there. From your shots, you do make raindrops and rain look very much different – each raining window is never the same…just as we all stay stuck indoors for different reasons. Maybe we don’t want to brave the rain with an umbrella, maybe we don’t like getting wet, maybe we don’t want to make the hassle walking through water ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautifully done.

    • Hi Mabel, Thank you! Just to clarify, I was not driving! He turned the wipers off for me… safety first. Happy you enjoyed this series- I love the challenge of creating these dreamy scenes. Your thoughts are much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I add my voice to the chorus. xx

  22. By coincidence, yesterday we saw the sun go down beyond the Golden Gate Bridge as we watched from Grizzly Peak Blvd. way up in the hills above Berkeley.

  23. Wow, Jane! These are very impressive images! There is something I always love about rain running down a windowpane, or the small water droplets as they just hang there on the glass, and how this distorts and changes the image beyond. You have captured such a wonderful atmosphere here, full of colour and form. I particularly really like the top image of the iconic bridge and that blue hue.

  24. Beautiful series, looking throug raindropped windows allways make me dreaming.

  25. Dear Jane, I really love your photography, it is totally up to my alley of photography. I am honored to be one of your followers. Did you take those images through a real window or from the car? Have a happy Sunday.

    • Hi Cornelia, How kind of you to let me know. Thanks so much. I took the first image through my car window (with my husband’s assistance on the wipers) and the others through my apartment window. So glad you like them. By the way, I think I mentioned that your link here isn’t working so I cannot access your blog.

  26. These were really lovely…… hope you weren’t driving!

  27. Always fun to take photos through a car window, especially a moving one . . . and just see what happens. Although I’m sure a little bit more goes into it with your shots than mine. They are all so interesting and colorful. Think my fave was Russian Hill.

    • Hi Anon, Yes, I love car window shooting… lots of duds but it’s worth the gems you get. Most of these are from my window so, yes, a little less serendipity. Happy you like Russian Hill and the series. Thank you.

  28. Really nice, Jane.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  29. Stunning Images, Jane! Thanks for sharing! Wasn’t there a song that said it never rains in California? But I think it was about SOUTHERN California….The weather looks like it could be in Nuremberg today ๐ŸŒ‚๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ

  30. all so beautiful…all the rain means the earth is healing…always lovely Jane…have a beautiful weekend! smiles hedy

  31. Only you could make rain look so good!

  32. Wonderful as usual. Wish we had some rain so we could try it! Nothing since the hurricane. Big workshop this week. Will let you know how it goes.

  33. Nice series, Jane – a seldom explored perspective – good for you!

  34. Beautifully done. I’ve not had much success with this technique.

  35. Oh, I’m so glad to read those last comments! I have more than a few times tried to capture this rainy effect, and it usually looks like I just took a really bad photo! Yours are brilliant. (Or not, in a good way!)

  36. This is so beautiful! What a great idea… and so well executed!
    Am especially in love with the first!

  37. These are terrific Jane, I especially like the final capture.

  38. Shooting through rainy windshield is one of my favorites ways to shoot. I enjoy seeing through your wet windshield.

  39. I really like these: particularly the first.

  40. Great photography and perfect quotes for Seattle ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. These photos look like water colors, Jane. Good use of the rain drops to gently distort the images. It’s a thin line between success and failure with this technique and you are quite successful today.

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