A Gentle Rain

“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


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Succulent in Rain


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2



Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

The Gift of Rain


“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”

~Lewis Hine


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Still Life with Nuts


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Springtime Promise


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Wet Bark


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Stones and Leaves


“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”

ย ~W. Eugene Smithย 


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Railing in the Rain


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2, Humor,

Who, Us?


Nature, Photography, Close-up, Rain, Macro, Urban, California, Fujifilm X-T2



I made these images this morning with my Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon 35mm f/2 lens

and an umbrella. ย 


Categories: Flowers, Plants and Trees, Macro, Photography, WaterTags: , , , , , , ,


  1. this was simply magnificent. Wonderful story telling with photos. Rain is one of the purest things you can see and feel. https://noelliesplace.com/2019/05/25/i-want/

  2. J’aime particuliรจrement le 1er clichรฉ !!! Bien jouรฉ !

  3. So touching… a tender heart and an amazing wolrld, thank you.
    A gentle rain from another voice not so far:
    “ๆ˜ฅ้›จๆฝค็„ก่ฒ” (“The Spring rain moisten silently”…quote from a traditional Chinese poem)

  4. I love the rain-these photos are lovely!

  5. The last photo… love their expressions!!

  6. Rain, nature, and macro – always a great combination. Nicely done!

  7. Rain has a way of making images richer, especially plants. Itโ€™s like you can see them opening up to soak it all in.

  8. Soaked, in small, looked like a creepy spider. Much better in the full version. I love the pictures of the bark.

  9. Outstanding post Jane! “Succulent in the Rain” is my fav, gorgeous b&w tonality!

  10. Ah Jane, I love these! Did you know I would? The light and tones on all of the raindrop photos are so perfectly rendered – wow. The colors are beautiful too, a tiny bit subdued, but rich and lifelike. Just delicious! Favorites? Succulent, Gift, Nuts, Bark, Stones, Railing. They are all just delightful.
    A sweet quote, that first one….and I like the ending, it’s upbeat and amusing without being pompous. Well, you’re never pompous, which has me thinking that part of the charm here is that you celebrate life, not yourself.

  11. I love the rich wet colours. Your photos make everything look so luscious and vibrant. Thanks for sharing, Jane. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. what fabulous details….colors…a great EYE!!! Love SOAKED๐Ÿ‘

  13. โ€œ…and an umbrella!โ€ Loved this collection, very happy you shared your rainy day. The faces in the grate had me smiling, and Iโ€™m going to look for similar when I go out – very funny!
    Thanks, Jane.

  14. Wet Bark – Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!

  15. Perfectly delightful gallery celebrating the glory of rain, much appreciated and enjoyed Jane. I laughed out loud when I got the joke about the little surprised faces on the underground street grate. Your spirit shines through in your photos.

    • Hi Jet, I’m happy you enjoyed these– it was really nice to be out in the drizzle seeing all the patterns in the raindrops and the rich colors. I am LOLing right now that you liked those little faces staring up at me…heehee! Thanks so much for smiling with me. ๐Ÿ˜
      Hope you are enjoying the intermittent rays of sunshine today.

  16. Beautiful shots, Jane. Well done.

  17. A very beautiful post ๐ŸŒท

  18. Looks like you were having some fun in the rain. Looking forward to the cable car series. Seems like thereโ€™s something about cruising by in the cable car that invites hamming it up for the photographer! But, oh! that poor bedraggled flower in โ€˜soaked โ€˜! I think my favorite was the wet bark… the patterns and colors can be so beautiful if you look closely… and you do! ๐Ÿ’•

    • Hi Gunta, And compared to the nature close-ups, the cable car shots are full of surprises. Although, there’s always something surprising about nature. Happy you enjoyed these rich, wet colors. Thanks so much for appreciating. ๐Ÿ˜

  19. The rain drops on the leaf in the third photo make it a real eye-catcher.

  20. You had rain, we have 4-5 inches of snow and bitter cold.
    Time for the fireplace. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • More snow, David. What a winter! Another few feet in the Sierras here. We had devastating flooding in N. CA earlier this week. The Russian River crested at 45 feet and submerged Guerneville. Stay warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Excellent! Reblogging to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms

  22. Some beautiful images Jane. My favourite for sure is Wet Bark.

  23. What a great range of colors and textures, really neat shots. I actually felt a stab of sympathy for the bedraggled flower – – “Perk up, sunshine, never fear, I’ll dry out your seeds and we’ll grow and blossom again!” ๐Ÿ™‚ That shot with the cable car passenger giving you a Bronx cheer really is funny. The still life with nuts is great – don’t recognize them, do you know what those are?

    • Hi Robert- What great observations. I thought that poor flower had an anthropomorphic look, too, as she stared out at me. I think I have to do a series of the cable car riders- every time I grab a shot, there are funny surprises. I am not sure about the nuts– I just Googled as I am writing and can’t find it…I will try to find out from one of our expert bloggers. They are so pretty. Thank you very much for taking some time with my images, it means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Well seen and carefully done, lovely.

  25. So pretty, Jane. I particularly like the wet bark and the railing!

  26. Made with an umbrella๐Ÿ˜‚ The first picture ist great! Thanks for an rainy SF day.

  27. You took tree bark to another level.

  28. Thatโ€™s what I call making the most of a rainy day Jane! Love โ€œsoakedโ€. Really tells a story

  29. So very lovely…week after week you astonish and delight me with your extraordinary photos. I miss the beauty and colors of eucalyptus. Something I enjoyed when I lived in CA but no where to be found in the mountains of NC.

    • Thank you so much, Freddie…or should I call your Freeka? I’m glad these evoke nice memories of California nature. I especially love the trees and succulents. Very different than your beautiful world in NC. I lived in SC for many years so I know your world well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Rain rain… donโ€™t go away! Great shots taken by a gutsy gal!

  31. Impressed that you can hold a camera AND an umbrella! No use here today as the gales would whip that brolly away!

  32. Amazing shots, Jane. Wet Bark could be an abstract painting.

    • Hi Jane, I was fixated on those rich colors in the bark. Agree, it would make an interesting painting. Glad you enjoyed these shots – it was a creatively relaxing morning in the rain. Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. These are gorgeous images Jane ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still smiling at the girl giving you a raspberry, LOL.

    • Hi Joe, And of course I didn’t know it until I got home… I think I need to do a series…people are so into mugging from the cable car! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pleased you enjoyed these rainy shots with the trusty weatherproof 35mm. Thanks so much!

  34. “The rain it fall. But the dirt it tough.” – Bob Marley Thanks for braving the elements Jane and bringing some sunshine into my day.

  35. The pebbles is the one for me from the rainsoaked array of stars. Gorgeous.

  36. Beautiful set once more, Jane! ‘Who, Us?’ … ‘We know nothing..’ Well seen! ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Glorious. I shall think of the rain kissing us and singing to us today, while it pours.

  38. Amazing close ups and textures, Jane. I really like the metal cover shot…it is something so ordinary get you make it look like it has its place. Also like how you clicked your camera at the right time to get a photo of the tram and the girl making a raspberry face at you ๐Ÿ˜

    • Hi Mabel, I’m pleased you enjoyed this collection. It was an inspiring morning in the rain. I loved finding all the raindrop covered plants….but had to smile when I saw those “surprised faces” in the metal cover and the funny expressions of the cable car riders made my day. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

  39. A beautiful series of photos and so colourful! They have already brightened my day! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Absolutely glorious set of images, Jane, the best of your’s that I’ve seen so far. The wet bark on particular goes right through me. A ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Love the people in the raspberries shot! Ha
    And the soaked one adds to the nice colors throughout the variety here

  42. So pretty! I love the patterns, the colors… awesome!

  43. That first shot is my favorite – the symmetry of succulents is wonderful. Water is precious!

  44. It’s raining cats and dogs here in the Netherlands at the moment … but it doesn’t look half as appealing as your photo’s. Love them, especially the succulent and stones!

    • Hi Noortje, You, too? Northern California had devastating flooding early this week and there is a ton of snow in the mountains. So glad you like these– you are so great at close-ups, that means a lot to me. Thanks very much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. That’s a luscious succulent in a luscious picture of a succulent. All those drops add great texture.

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