There is a poem by e. e. cummings called [in Just-] in which he uses the phrase “when the world is puddle-wonderful.” I thought of it today when I was out on my walk. It rained overnight and rained all day and will likely rain all night tonight. The yard around the house looks more like a series of streams and ponds than a yard. The driveway is underwater.
How do I enjoy a rainy day? I put on my slicker and my wellies, and go out and splash in the puddles.
The rain is warm, almost tropical. There must be life in the drops that are falling to earth because it looks and feels as if Spring arrived overnight. The trees are wearing their spring aura, looking almost ready to burst into leaf or flower. Daffodils I didn’t know we had popped up out of the ground. Those that I did know about are opening and blooming. A close look at the wax myrtles and cedars show new growth.
My favorite things to photograph in the rain are the pine and cedar trees. They hold on to raindrops as if they are precious jewels.
The trunk of the cedar is beautiful in any weather. It looks gray when it is dry, but in the rain, reds and greens emerge.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
~ Alan Wilson Watts
Most of the cedars here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch are at the edges, near the marsh. They are at the edge of the woods where it transitions to marsh, and at the edge of the yard, another marsh transition point.
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Thanks for taking a walk in the rain with me today. I have more snow pictures I want to show you eventually. Maybe I’ll save them for the hot days of July and August when it will feel good to look at the cold of winter. I also have a few around-the-house photos. I should set a date for a post about the house. I get so wrapped up in nature around here that I forget some of you would like to see the progress we’re making. How about Wednesday, April 2? That sounds like a good date to me.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂 And when you get the chance, go out and splash around in the puddles. You won’t regret it.