Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Raindrops

We have been so very desperate for rain in many parts of Australia, and finally the rains have arrived. They have come late in some areas, have received far too much in other areas, and not quite enough in still other areas. But the raindrops have been falling. Yay!

This is the same flower that has pride of place on my blog’s cover image

Rain is appreciated also by the thirsty plants which respond with a flush of growth and some with flowers.

Raindrops are also a photographer’s delight. After the rain is the best time for photographs.

flowers

The photo below is a microcosmic world in itself. The leaf forms are a metaphor for our planet, the raindrop a metaphor for the oceans, the individual drops the rivers and streams running into the oceans, and the minute hairs the people of the world, dependent on the water drop for life.

raindrop

Some organisms are 90 % water. 60% of an adult human body is comprised of water.

Water is essential resource for life. Raindrops are precious.

Unfortunately, some creatures like the ones below also like the rain.

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Mozzies

They are not so welcome.

Create a post sharing your interpretation of this week’s Friendly Friday prompt –

Raindrops

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82 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Raindrops

    1. No none of them are from my garden, I am sorry to say, Pooja. But I know what you mean about that wonderful smell. It really gives a feeling of energy and renewal. All the dust and pollutants in the air are washed away.

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    1. For some strange reason, your comment went to spam, Cee! I have restored it to its rightful place now and will visit your post now. My apologies for not seeing this earlier.

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  1. Hi Amanda! I love the flower photos, but my favorite one is the clover leaf with the centered raindrop! I’m glad you are getting some rain! We’ve had plenty rain so far this winter here in Portland. But despite it, a large part of the state is still in a drought! When I took an environmental geography class a few years ago, the instructor said future wars will be fought over fresh water! Here’s my link https://incahootswithmuddyboots.com/2019/04/12/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-raindrops/. 🙂

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    1. Entirely possible that water wars will become an issue in the future. Particularly in the more arid regions of the world, which includes Australia – the driest continent in the world, besides Antarctica. We are already seeing the effects of river systems that are over utilized by irrigation of crops – necessary due to a lack of rain. The Murray – Darling river system – one of the biggest in the country has just suffered several mammoth fish kills – due to a lack of rainfall running downstream. No one is claiming responsibility but there is large cotton farms that might be irrigated. Cotton consumes large amounts of water so why do we grow it here! Thanks for your lovely words on my clover leaf photo. It was taken in Tasmania, quite a few years ago, with a macro camera setting. My daughter won a prize for it in a school competition.

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      1. Cotton not only uses vast amounts of water, but at least here in the US the industry apparently also uses vast amounts of toxic chemicals to grow it. Blogging and communicating with likeminded people around the globe has been eye opening since most “foreign” issues rarely get any coverage here.
        Tasmania would be interesting to check out I imagine. Your daughter’s prize for the photo was well deserved!

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        1. I am sure they splash a lot of fertilizer and chemicals in agriculture here too, Sabine. And unfortunately the cotton isn’t processed here. Our manufacturing industries collapsed some time ago. It seems cheaper to export the product to the third world to sew into garments. A lot of our clothing is labelled Made in Bangladesh these days. I try to support ethically produced garment purchases, as the third world workers are heavily exploited to keep costs down. Our news is becoming much more insular these days as the Murdoch moguls maintain a large interest in the affairs of this country, and the newspaper industry is dying, but TV is alive and well, as well as Skye TV etc. But despite this, we get less independent news. It is all syndicated and journalists have neither the time nor the direction to write these own product. I often hear the same words from different media sources. There is so much news they have to borrow from others. Very sad story, but I have taken this discussion on another tangent, so I will stop here. Thanks for the words on my daughter’s photo. She still loves photography and has quite an eye, I think. When I write a bit more about my trip to Japan, you will see a few more of her photos I think. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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        2. I’m afraid it’s not any better here, Amanda! I’ve been depressed over the way things are going in our government. Even healthcare is at risk! It’s not the kind of world I want the next generations to inherit.
          On a positive note, I look forward to another Japan post! 😊

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        3. I am going to work on some more Japanese posts in coming weeks, as I have some time off from work. It is sad to see so many troubles in our world, particularly the world that the next generation will inherit. Sad that they won’t know the world without the smart phone. But what can we do? I am wondering if this “progress” helps us to let go of this world eventually, or accept death better, knowing that we would not like the future anyways because we fit better into an era just passing, or passed already. Perhaps our great grandparents felt the same way when seeing our lives? But where can it end? Will we lose the ability to handwrite and speak because technology will do it for us? Soon we will no longer drive…..

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        4. I feel the same way about life becoming more and more technology driven. We visited some friends in their new home and they had it totally wired for everything. “Google this, Google that”… I appreciate all the advances, but I don’t want a heartless computer choose for me. That includes driving. I sometimes long for the days where we chose to not have a TV and have been reducing my screen time trying to do more “real” stuff! I am glad though that I am not a day younger than I am!

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        5. I was thinking a similar thing today. The radio program I was listening in the car was discussing absent parents. Parent that are there for their kids physically but scrolling on their smartphones so not there mentally. I am so glad we didn’t grow up, nor our kids, in an environment like that.

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        6. My sister in Germany just mentioned that when she takes her young granddaughter to the park or swimming pool, the majority of parents are not watching the kids, only their phones. I am glad too that we didn’t have these distractions.

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        7. That could be a risky practice. The smartphone absorbs all our attention, visually and mentally. The telephone of old, absorbed only one of our senses – the auditory one. We were indeed lucky that we only had the auditory phone call to distract us from parenting. And the cordless phone gave us the freedom to watch the children whenever they were in the house. The smartphone takes all our visual and auditory attention and in doing so, time passes; much more than we are always aware of. I guess this raises an issue of how much we should “watch” our kids and when. If they are swimming in water, I would watch them like a hawk. If they are playing on playground equipment, dependent on their age and abilities, it is usually enough to be there but you don’t have to watch them every single moment.
          Would you say that it is a balance between letting children develop a self reliance and making surea child gets some time to play with and attention from parents, and the smart phone complicates that, Sabine? I guess we could write a whole blog post on this subject.

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        8. I would agree with you that there is a balance between encouraging independence and keeping an eye on things. Cellphones only complicate parenting if one lets it. Giving undivided attention is important in all relationships, but I believe especially with kids.
          That would be a great blog post topic! I know of a two-year old who got a Nintendo Switch for Christmas! Technology is great, but real life is more important I believe!

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        9. A 2 year old lear ung coding from a Nintendo! That is unlikely. I would agree with lready ing ghost skills and my son did. He operated the computer from very early on but it was using programs not games. And Video game consoles were banned in our house!! We are all different indeed.

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  2. There are few things more beautiful than a landscape after rainfall. We’ve had a relatively wet winter in my part of the world, and spring up here is starting out the same way with yet another round of rain expected tonight.

    Have you heard of the massive flower blooms in Southern California? Recent rainfalls have generated an uprising of wild flowers over vast swaths of land. The areas have become so crowded with visitors, state police have had to shut down some roads.

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    1. That is amazing! I guess California has been known as a dry area, so the flowers would have a sudden burst of bloom. Nature tend to make the most of the opportunities it has. I will have to google it to see some pics. It hasn’t made the news here. At least climate change has some positives. Thanks for the heads up, Alejandro.

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      1. No rain for a week in Scotland is very unusual. It is unusually cold for this time of the year too but, then again, it was a “mild” winter with hardly any snow. It’s all going terribly wrong, isn’t it?

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        1. Sounds like it is all topsy turvy. And some still cling to the belief that climate change is not accelerating. It is hard to fathom that thought.

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        1. No thankfully. I have enough in the tanks to go on for quite a while. It’s the lack of water in the dams that saddens. My garden is suffering. No flowers means not many birds or insects as well

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  3. Amanda! what lovely pictures, as always:) And you inspired me to make ‘raindrops’ my next photo project! I have never taken photographs of raindrops and I hadn’t realized it till this post of yours..so a big thank you!! Here’s my link, though I just have 2 photos:( https://acacophonouslife.com/2019/04/16/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-raindrops/
    And did you get a chance to read up the post I had been working on similar to yours? I have been wondering what your thoughts on that might be.

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    1. Both posts were excellent. I particularly liked reading about your thoughts on gratitude. We need to remeber those small moments in each day giving and receiving thanks for and from others. It takes but a moment but can be so meaningful.

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