Cooling

It rained this morning. The flowers were very grateful for the drink and even the magpies came into the garden for a wash and brush-up in the ‘bird bath’

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #2 | Cooling

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  1. Su Leslie says:

    That is a fabulous photo Jude. And yay for a bit of rain for you.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We have had one or two showers, but it is forecast to be dry and hot again by the weekend. The garden (and the birds) appreciate the drink.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        😕 I guess a little is better than none at all. I’d happily send you some of our rain. The lawn had turned to absolute mush ☹️

        1. Heyjude says:

          That’s quite alright Su. I have enough rain most of the year, all year, so it is a very pleasant change to have some dry weather at last!

        2. Su Leslie says:

          Good point 😀

  2. restlessjo says:

    It must have been hard for the birdies. Lovely shot darlin! I’m counting clouds ready for the next lot xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Overcast now, but still warm. Not sure about hanging out the washing though…

      1. restlessjo says:

        Mick’s just cut the grass in readiness. I was at t’ai chi but am hankering after 5 minutes of sunshine xx

  3. Sue says:

    Lovely image, Jude. Still no rain here….

    1. Heyjude says:

      None at all? We have only had about 4 showers, a couple very light which made no difference at all, but two decent ones.

      1. Sue says:

        Oh, possibly a light shower one night, nowt else ☹️

  4. pommepal says:

    Love the photo Jude. It is so refreshing to get rain after a spell of dry and you have captured that

  5. Beautiful. I did read that you are having some nice warm days. Same here in Toronto.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Toronto can be very humid in summer – but I guess you are used to that.

      1. The high temperature yes, but the humidity not so much. It’s not very humid most of the time where we live.

  6. Leya says:

    I love this shot – the cooling and freshness for flowers and plants as well as for birds and the whole of nature. You captured it so well. I am glad you had some rain – in fact, today it is finally raining here as well. We have waited 2 1/2 month for this. I went out in the garden this morning just to stand in it, the birds fly through it and my dogs rejoice in it. We left the door open just to be able to listen to the raindrops. A wonder.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is very tempting to stand outside in it! And I love the sound of rain on my conservatory roof, although it does leak so that’s not so good…

      1. Leya says:

        Well…fixing leaks is essential for a good roof!

  7. Ali says:

    What a beautiful image. I don’t often like b&w flowers, but this is lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      As I said to Meg, I rarely do B&W flowers as colour is important, but this just felt right for the photo challenge. Glad you like it.

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They look like butterflies, lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They came out OK. And talking of butterflies I managed to photograph a Red Admiral today!

  9. Pete Hillman says:

    We had about 6 raindrops here and they probably disappeared before they hit the ground! Glad you had some rain at least! Gorgeous photo!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete. We have had a few showers, but the soil is still very dry.

  10. Amazing capture and good choice for monochrome

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you so much Abrie 🙂

  11. What an absolutely stunning photo! I love raindrops anytime but these are spectacular. And unexpectedly so in b&w. Thank you for a lovely start to the day.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are very welcome Meg. I am just watching a lovely end to the day through my window. I don’t often convert flowers to B&W as it is the colour which is probably the most important feature, but in this case I decided it suited the ‘cool’ theme better than the bright pink which it is.

      1. I can’t imagine this as bright pink. It’s so itself in b&w. What do you use to convert?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I use Silver Efex Pro 2 from the Nik Collection which is embedded into my Photoshop Elements software. It was free to download and part of a number of editing effects. I like it very much.

  12. Patrick says:

    Rain would be very nice about now here in California.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, no! You are not having another drought are you? Or is it still the same one?

      1. Patrick says:

        It has just been hot and dry the past couple of weeks. A rainy day would clear the air and wash off the dust.

  13. At first I thought these were butterflies! Lovely.

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