Monday, April 27, 2015

Mosaic Monday #38 - Playing in the Rain

When the spring rains come it's a signal to the plants in the garden to wake up and stretch their new stems. While it's raining outside, I'm playing inside with raindrops.
A familiar sight, rain clouds moving in which leave shrivelled fruit on the crabapple tree dripping with water droplets.
The pond becomes a source of musical pitter patter that crescendoes when the clouds burst open. Water pools at the front arbour and slinks across the sidewalk at times.
Plant leaves hold shimmering splashes of water and none is better at this than Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle) on the right. Beauty as well as drinks for insects and wildlife.
My daughter created 'purple rain' for me and I took it one step further by adding a dark rain texture over top to soften the effect. I used PicMonkey for the collages and adding my own texture.

When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten
Fresh violets open every day
To some new bird each hour we listen.
~Lucy Larcom~

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56 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Judith! Pretty captures of the rain drops..I have seen the birds drinking the rain drops.. I love the crabapple shot and your Purple Rain edit.. Very nice! Lovely post and images.. Thank you for hosting! Enjoy your day and have a happy week ahead!

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  2. Lovely images, especially the silver droplets and circular patterns. After a dry spell we had showers at the weekend ....... a wake up call for the snails!
    Thanks for hosting and sharing.

    Happy Mosaic Monday!
    Ruby

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  3. Oh, Judith, what a wonderful post!
    One almost feels how the plants are happy when the spring rain comes. Your photos are really beautiful. I especially like the "purple rain" and the lovely violets.
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday!

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  4. I love these beautiful rain photos, especially the patterned rippling water :)

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  5. My first thought was WOW - i like your photos, they're stunning, dear Judith!

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    1. Oh Judith... If I could have made rain as beautiful as you do in your pictures and words I would never have wanted to leave Oregon! Lovely ... You create art in your garden and with your camera and computer! Thanks for sharing it ... And for hosting.

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  6. Hi Judith, your pics are beautiful. I love the purple rain effect. Thanks for sharing my posts on your lovely blog party xo

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  7. We were flooded for a while and then more snow than rain....looking for warm sun so plants want to grow....love the rain effects Judith, and especially the purple rain and texture. The poem is perfect. I look forward to seeing violets soon.

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  8. Beautiful words and images of your rain day play, Judith! It must be so cozy to sit and watch your surroundings replenish and rejuvenate with every precious drop of spring rain. Thanks for those macros of purple polka dotted drops - gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Poppy

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  9. Judith those are great images of rain--love the lavender touch! We have had so much rain but it's all good and we are enjoying the results.

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  10. Your rain captures are wonderful, what lovely mosaics they make. Thanks for continuing to host MM my favourite meme of the week.

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  11. Lovely springtime rain mosaics, Judith. I like your descriptions, especially the first set. I do love a good thunderstorm, although I am happy to report that we've got sunny skies today. Thank you for hosting.

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  12. Dear!
    I love to take photos after rainy days. The rain freshes up the flowers and other things.
    Have a happy Monday and a nice week!
    Best wishes,
    AnnA

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  13. Perfect images of the rain. Those rain drops look like jewels.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  14. I LOVE photos of the rain....

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  15. Only at Lavender Cottage can one find lovely purple raindrops! I enjoy a good spring rain and you've found the beauty in that kind of day, Judith. It's a pleasure to visit here again and participate in Mosaic Monday.

    Karen

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  16. What a neat photo of the water puddle. The water droplets in the close ups are spectacular but oh how I love seeing the puddle. We're having a little sprinkle of rain to start our day....much needed rain! Happy Monday! Hugs, Diane

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  17. Your raining shots are wonderful, Judith! Thank you for hosting. SO happy I could join in the fun this time around. Have a wonderful week, my friend. Hugs.

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  18. I love the rain photos - great compositions. It is raining here this morning but they say it is supposed to get up to 71 and be sunny - not unusual for the weather to change from the forecast here in the Pacific Northwest.

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  19. Hi Judith,

    I love, love these pictures -- the composition is wonderful!! I love how you captured the rings in the puddle in the second mosaic. Great closeups of water drops on the leaves, and I love the purple rain effect. :-D We've gotten so much rain here lately that we're tired of it, but you made it look like a work of art.

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting the party, Judith! I hope you have a lovely day!!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  20. Thanks Judith for Mosaic Monday 38. Purple Rain, love that sound.
    Joy

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  21. Well, for a change, you got the rain and we got the sleet and hail this weekend! But it was short lived and we're back to the rain again. :(

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  22. Pretty photos even with the rain. I like the 'purple rain' photos. Have a good week Judith.

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  23. Pretty mosaics! You got some great shots to work with.
    Thanks for hosting.

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  24. These pictures of the rain are very very nice!
    Hugs
    Monique

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  25. Your raindrop collages are beautiful, Judith! We have been having wonderful rainy days here too, which is making all the hills and grasses very green. The higher elevations had more snow, so frost danger is not over as yet, but hopefully in a few weeks I'll be able to plant flowers.

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  26. Wonderful photos ! April showers bring May flowers lol ! Our weather is to become as it should be for this time of year as of the middle of this week sunny and temps hitting 20C or more WOOHOO ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  27. Ah...beautiful shots! Love those gorgeous water drops...and I agree, playing in the water is FUN :)

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  28. I decided to skip Autumn in Australia in favour of Spring in the UK, so far no rain! I love your raindrops photo and the purple rain! Thank you for hosting!
    Wren x

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  29. A beautiful series of photos. The patter of rain on the ground and the macro of water droplets are magical.

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  30. I love your photos today. It's been many years since I grew Lady's Mantle but I remember the water droplets collecting on the leaves. Have a nice week.

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  31. Hello Judith.
    I love your photos and the purple rain.
    April showers are welcomed rather than the snowy winter we experienced.
    ღ Helena

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  32. Finally some rain! Purple or not ... better than the snow of last week ;)
    Wendy

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  33. Judith, Those water puddles look good. Nice to be inside as you enjoy the rain. Sylvia D.

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  34. Been so busy viewing the other entries from time to time today, I forgot to comment on yours. All those individual raindrops are great and the enhancement all the better.

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  35. It is so great that you found such beauty, even despite the rain! That is a good reminder for us all isn't it. xx

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  36. Dearest Judith; Good morning from Japan (haha, Tues. morning). I was SO busy and sleepy yesterday. So sorry for my belated linking. And my picture for your link got black back... Must be too bright; sorry for that as well, Dear friend.
    Oh, this is the most BEAUTIFUL rain (or rain drop) photographs I've seen♡♡♡ Wonderful that you got your daughter's help, wonderful purple rain drop♪  Never knew Crabapple :ο½°)
     
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  37. Hi Judith, I love rainy days so I love your post this time! So pretty and so much detail! There are ALOT OF GREAT ONES THIS TIME ON MOSAIC!!...going to enjoy looking at them tonight!

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  38. If our raindrops looked as lovely as your purple ones, I might not be so cranky! LOL! And if I tried to describe the rain in such poetic ways...

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  39. I was playing with raindrops the other day. My nasturtium leaves were perfect for it.
    Have a lovely week and thank you for the link up.

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  40. I don't know what's more lovely, Judith, your photos or the words that accompany them?!! .... Beautiful!!

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  41. You've described and portrayed rain in such a poetic and romantic way! This is a beautiful post. All of your photos are amazing. I can't pick a favorite. Have a lovely week Judith.

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  42. What a wonderful gift you have for sharing your beautiful photographs along with lovely words.

    Deanna

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  43. Very pretty raindrop photos. The garden always looks so refreshed after a rain. Purple rain is fun!

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  44. Lady's Mantle is one of my favorite plants in the rainy times and also in the early mornings. The drops of moisture really do look like jewels surrounding each leaf and often the sunlight catches them and reflects teeny tiny exquisite rainbows.

    You captured one of my favorite things, rain , so well. ( Are you a lover of rainy days too ? )

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  45. Gorgeous pictures of the rain - I love the close up shots of the leaves - the drops look like diamonds - beautiful.

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  46. The "rain" is totally underrated, Judith and your Mosaic does it justice!!...:)JP

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  47. It's lovely to see what you have done with the raindrops. We are crossing our fingers that we will see some rain soon. It's so very dry and slow to green up even though we've had an unusually early start to spring. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday Judith ! .

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  48. Hello dear Judith
    Whew I'm in by the skin of my teeth this week at number 48!
    I think it's a good idea to cap the numbers - those large parties are so impersonal and one just gets lost in the crowd.
    Well your garden is definitely in Spring - April showers lay the groundwork of deep watering in preparation of those long dry spells ahead.
    Alchemilla Mollis is a favourite of mine and I have clumps along one big border, the raindrops on leaves is quite magical and I love the soft yellow flowers.
    Thank you for hosting dear Judith
    it's always a pleasure to participate.
    Shane x

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  49. Lovely purple rain shots- have a wonderful day!

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  50. Thanks for letting me know Judith, fixed.
    Joy

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  51. I missed Mosaic Monday this week as we were away for a few days, hopefully I'll be back on track next week. I love taking photos after some rain, especially on Lady's mantle.

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  52. Rain drops are always fun to photograph. I am always trying to photograph a rain drop with a reflection in it. I did once, quite by accident. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. I am having fun with it and haven't missed a post since I joined in when you took over. It must take quite a bit of time to read and respond to everyone. I appreciate it. Thank you. Have a good week.

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  53. Such gorgeous photos, Judith. I love the puddle around the front arbor. Love the lady's mantle too - wish I had some although I am running out of shade garden space. I adore the sound of rain, and love having my rain barrels get filled with fresh clean water. I liked the special effects added to the rain drops on the leaves too. Great mosaics!
    Hugs, Beth

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  54. I love your water droplets. Great mosaics!

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  55. Love all of the photos with water droplets! Just beautiful.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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