Monday, May 9, 2016

After The Rain At Elgin Park

THIS WAS NOT a shy bird but rather a fastidious bird fluffing its feathers after a refreshing rainfall at Elgin Heritage Park where my husband and I recently went for a walk. The road to Crescent Beach is undergoing construction so the drive to the park was a nice alternative.

Ever alert ... the robin interrupted its grooming at the smallest sound.

Droplets of water stuck to the newly washed wild roses.

Wooden planks over the marshland were damp and slippery.

Lupins were bouyed by the rain that had fallen. Leftover drops (below) shimmered down leaves and cupped into crevices. Sparkling like jewels, the rain seemed more precious than diamonds.

It would solve so many world problems if rain could be turned on and off like a faucet. I welcome the wet weather that southwest BC is known for but rain clouds seem to gather less often here nowadays. In northwest BC, there have been dozens of fires already, mostly due to dry weather and the carelessness of humans. The reckless (and now illegal) act of tossing a cigarette out a car window likely caused some of the fires.

It sounds like wishful thinking but wouldn't it be amazing if nature could be nudged to produce rain wherever needed? If the phenomena of cloud seeding were perfected as a technique, it could be a powerful fire fighting/prevention tool to save all living things, including little creatures like the robin. Perhaps catastrophic events such as the recent massive forest fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, that destroyed 1,600 buildings (many of them homes) and displaced over 80,000 people will be prevented by science in some not so distant future.

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  1. How it affects us all around the world, to see those fires and the damage they do. Having to start their lives and their personal history all over again.
    Your rain drops - if only they could be directed to where they are sorely needed.
    Any chance of your telling me the name of that wild rose? I adore the native roses that started all over the Northern Hemisphere. We have three over here, but your side of the world has so many.

  2. Very creative and beautiful nature and macro shots!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  3. I admire your bird closeups, am jealous of your blooms, and thank you for wishing for rain in fire-ravaged Alberta. There is little else on the local, and even national news. It will be a matter of 2+ weeks before Dick will be able to go up to Fort McMurray to see what's left of his car. From what we've seen on TV, it doesn't look as though the MacDonald Island centre was in the path of the flames, but only time will tell.
    Luv, K

  4. Glorious shots of the bird and flowers!

  5. Hello, lovely series of images. The Robin is beautiful, love the pretty flowers. It would be nice to have rain on demand. The fire in Fort McMurray was devastating. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your week ahead!


  6. Beautiful robin!
    Pretty flowers!

  7. Beautiful Robin and lovely flowers. They will figure it out one day. Rain on demand for savage fires like the kind so devastating in Alberta. My heart goes out to them. I have made a donations, only wish I could do more.

  8. Yes, the refreshing rain does not seem as plentiful this spring. Love the shots of raindrops on petals and leaves.
    Hope there is a resolutions to the wildfires soon, some cooler weather and rain.

  9. Nice images after the rain. I can see the wet body of the Robin and I like the raindrops on the radiating leaves in the last photo. Rain is so refreshing and after the rain, the air is clear. We have more rainy days than usual this spring.

    I didn’t know the wild fire of Fort McMurray. How devastating! Nature’s way of raining is fickle as sometimes it’s true that it never rains but pours. I hope the cloud seeding technology will be able to make massive rain clouds over the aimed places someday soon.


  10. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts of art, poetry and insight! I've looked on your blogs but can't seem to find a way to contact you. I'd like to ask for your permission to use a couple of your beautiful photographs (of the labyrinth at Kwomais Point Park) for a strictly non-profit purpose. Can I call or email you? Please contact me at: or 604-531-4850

    Bruce McAndless-Davis
    Minister of Care & Community
    First United Church, White Rock

  11. your Robin has a gret way for protecting it´s face from the rain :) nice shot!


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