Finding Beauty in Rainy Day Walks

I pretty much have to. I’m from Seattle where rain – or the threat of rain – happens often, especially November through March. And while we only get an average of 38 inches a year – far less than many other U.S. cities – it’s distributed over 152 days. That’s a lot of rainy day walks.

And so I get out with my husband and walking companion on this journey of life, carrying umbrellas, despite the myth that locals don’t use them. We do. When we remember.

We did remember at Federation Forest where all was lush and green and fragrant from the rain.

And at Point Defiance where we found raindrops on roses last fall.

And last week in Olympia, where the rain arrived just as forecasted, making everything wet and dreary and mousy brown.

But even then I found beauty in the raindrops on Capitol Lake,

and the song sparrow near shore.

Inspired by Sunday Still’s Photo Challenge: Rain.

~ Susanne

31 Comments on “Finding Beauty in Rainy Day Walks

  1. Lovely photos; I especially liked the raindrops on roses (reminds me of a song) and the soft mossy beauty of the forest photo. 🌺

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I almost used Raindrops on Roses in the title but I ended going in many other directions so I changed it. πŸ™‚

  2. Living in the Pacific Northwest, this topic was right up your alley, I think, This is a very nice, damp collection of photos.

  3. I walk in the rain for around 200 days of most years. But I never take the camera out on those dull wet days. Well done for finding inspiration in the rain, Susanne.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • You and Ollie are faithful rainy day walkers!
      If it’s really pouring here or if there’s wind and rain together we won’t go out. But many days the rain is light and I’ll take my camera if it’s someplace interesting like the forest or local park.

  4. Although I don’t miss the rain, I do miss the lush undergrowth in the woods that I remember and see in your photos. Thanks for the glimpse.

  5. Well distributed rain is the best rain. We seem to get all of ours at once on the Gulf Coast. Very beautiful photographs!

    • Thank you so much! Yes, I found out the rainiest cities in the country are in the south but for some reason Seattle has the reputation! πŸ™‚

  6. I liked the second picture of the forest. It looks familiar since I used to live in Granite Falls, one hour NE of Seattle, where we had 100 inches of rain a year. Your picture of the rain falling on Capitol Lake look like an abstract work of art. Nice!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. 100 inches is a lot of rain! I guess I’ll be content with Seattle’s 38! πŸ™‚

  7. Ahh, rain! Here in the central San Joaquin valley we don’t get a lot of it, I’m sorry to say. But the other day we had a huge thunderstorm with some of the loudest thunder I think I’ve ever heard!😬 Then after a couple of hours, it stopped and cleared up! That kind of thing is fun to watch from the window but not to be out in. πŸ˜‹

    • A good thunderstorm with lighting can be awesome and scary too! We get them a few times a year usually at night; we’ve got tall evergreen trees around our house and I always hope they’ll keep standing! But most of our rain comes spread out throughout the year a little at a time keeping everything well watered.

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  9. I love the refreshing walks after a good drizzle. Your post looks lovely.. the photographs enhanced it so beautifully.

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