The wonderful Susan Scott at Garden of Eden nominated me for the Five Photos Five Day Challenge. Thank you, Susan. After some reflection, the one recurring though evolving into a theme is: Southern Californians’ Quirks. Day 1.
Nature’s poetry comes in a myriad of forms — from blue moons to Auroras to rainbows to the simplicity of shifting clouds. In Southern California we’re deeply enamored with clouds, particularly the dark kind as they promise healthy downpours.
Seeing we’re in our fourth year of drought, our rain obsession has reached unhealthy levels. Chances for precipitation are blown out of proportion, an illusory fantasy of showers and thundering storms.
The obsession runs so deep, we find little more enticing that the patter of rain against a windowpane. So much so that tracing raindrops on a glass is a favorite activity. So much so that we understand sunshine is seriously overrated.
Of course, if we lived in Seattle/Portland, we’d feel differently, but here and now, we love clouds and adore rain.
To artists, rain is the seed of inspiration — sure, many times the symbol of sorrow and disappointment, a metaphor for the melancholic, but also cleansing, reinvigorating and vital. Rain is writing and reading weather at its best. A good excuse to lock myself in with my characters or a good book.
Think about it. Summer rain in Southern California was, and still is, so rare that we used to associate it with disasters. A rain shower in July would be referred to as earthquake weather.
And now? Now we’re so deeply enamored with rain, our way of thinking has shifted almost overnight. When we finally had rain, this past July, the media called it a blessing and miracle. No longer earthquake weather.
What’s going to alleviate this obsession? Is that even possible? Only rain, my friends, and more rain.
According to rules, I nominate a fellow blogger to carry on the challenge, and that is Linda Covella. Not obligation, of course, only if possible, and here are the rules:
1) post a photo (photos) each day for 5 consecutive days;
2) attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a paragraph – all entirely up to you;
3) nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation! More importantly, have fun!
—– Images: pinterest, pinolaphoto.com