A couple of days later …

13 May

I was out again. We were having a touch of dirty weather, scattered showers and precious little sun, but I wandered around, getting what seemed like it might work …
This was a tree of unknown species, in front of our public library.

And then I went down to the lake, in the midst of a mild rainstorm, and parked, with the rain on the windscreen …

The nice thing about shooting this sort of thing is that you never quite know what you're going to get …

The rest of that batch didn't work out too well, as the rain was moderating, so as it passed on over, out over the lake, I got out and got a few more …

That was all one could ask for, I thought … the water looks oversharpened, but it's not … it's raindrops hitting the water that give that funny granular effect. And looking further, we begin to see actual rain, as it recedes enough to be visible …

The little patches of raindrops on the water show where the last of the shower is hitting …

And after all … a patch of really spooky light …

But, through all this grand-scale stuff, sat, at my feet (literally) one of my favourite signs of Spring …

I love dandelions … I wish someone would breed a variety that had grass-like leaves, so folk wouldn't fret so about them in their lawns … they might even sow them on purpose. Can you imagine what peoples' lawns would look like in the Spring? Carpets of solid gold!
And, with one last, moody shot, I betook myself to home and supper.

Cheers, all!


Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


32 responses to “A couple of days later …

  1. studio41

    May 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

    a lovely spread, thank you for the adventure. did you eat some dandelions for dinner? they would be a cheerful carpet, right alongside Creeping Charlie… but, carpets of green are what folks seem to insist upon in our parts.

  2. debplatt

    May 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I especially enjoyed the photos after the rain let up enough for you to get out of your vehicle.Jill's right about the dandelions — my mom used to make a wilted salad out of their tender leaves. Here are some other recipes: Ironically dandelions are not native to North America, but were brought over by Europeans who liked to eat them. I think those who dislike their looks are turned off more by their seed heads than their leaves.

  3. derWandersmann

    May 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I used to have a lawn composed of equal parts of bent grass, creeping charlie, and dandelions … then the ants took a hand and added several large and luxuriant patches of violets. I loved that lawn … my main problem was keeping the grass short enough to give the others light. I have had dandelion salad, and was not particularly impressed, but the blossoms make an excellent wine, if you know what you're doing.

  4. studio41

    May 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Originally posted by debplatt:

    wilted salad out of their tender leaves

    πŸ˜€ it is ironic that our lawn is sprayed to keep them "out of the way"… 😦 so I buy dandelion leaves to eat at the store. go figure.

  5. decodedthought

    May 15, 2011 at 6:05 am


  6. debplatt

    May 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    @dW – I remember seeing a photo of your lovely violets.@Jill – πŸ˜†

  7. derWandersmann

    May 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    That's right … I remember posting it now. Thanks, Deb.Come to think of it, I missed an opportunity … the Japanese make a liqueur out of violets, called "Sumiri" (don't hold me to that spelling) .. It's indescribable, really, except that it tastes purple.

  8. Berith1

    May 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Very beautiful pictures.

  9. Olgita

    May 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Great pics dW!!!!My favourite is rain behind the car window :happy:

  10. RedFreya

    May 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Rain and clouds add a bit of magic to a scene. Does the rain sharpen the objects in the picture ? Glistening surfaces seem better. I love dandelions, beautiful as flowers (I like the raindrops on yours) and as seed heads. Do you have the children`s game in America, of blowing the seeds off and counting the time i.e. one o`clock, two o`clock etc.until all the seeds are gone ?

  11. derWandersmann

    May 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    We may have such a game, but it is unknown to me. This is a big country, though, and I haven't seen it all.Yet.

  12. Berith1

    May 19, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Picture number four from top, is my favorite. I like the sky, the clouds on this picture. Now I am longing for a walk at the beaches of Lista. I bought a new camera, btw. It is a Canon 550D, very similar to the one I had, but better.:)

  13. derWandersmann

    May 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thank you, Unni … and your new camera is an excellent machine; I'm sure you will enjoy it.

  14. roshmma

    May 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures dW,rain drops one are my favorite. These pics make me realize,Nature is the most powerful of all.

  15. MrLeffe

    May 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

    A beautiful post. The pictures are thrilling I like the clouds and rain. I like the movement in the water.Dandelions, they are happy flowers in spring πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. derWandersmann

    May 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Thank you, Eva … I try, but I can never equal your posts.

  17. MrLeffe

    May 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I enjoy your posts and pictures so very much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. Lilua

    May 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Oh that last picture was absolutely my favorite!! Just beautiful!

  19. derWandersmann

    May 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Lilua: The last, eh? That's interesting … a very moody choice.Eva: Thank you dear … and yours always make me wish I were a Swede.

  20. Lilua

    May 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Moody pics for moody persons πŸ˜€ I just love trees, gonna put out some more tree pics soon. πŸ™‚

  21. night wolf

    May 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Love the rainy window pictures :up:

  22. derWandersmann

    May 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Glad you like 'em, Kamerad … good to see you here.

  23. night wolf

    May 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

    ThanX man :up: did i ever say the picture on your profile look's like the "Doc" in "Back to the future" :up: I love that character πŸ™‚

  24. derWandersmann

    May 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

    LOL … I think the only resemblance is that we're both old.

  25. night wolf

    May 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Age just a state om mind , just a number :)look inside your hearth …yup that's you πŸ˜€

  26. PainterWoman

    June 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Ants grow violets? Hmmmmm….I love the intensity of the dark colors in the 'dirty weather' shots dW. And that little dandelion is like a mini firecracker with its explosion of brightness. The very cool wet window shots reminded me of some of my experimentation with watercolor. I'd drop different colors into small puddles of water on a piece of plexiglass, then place a piece of wet watercolor paper of top of it. Let it dry, then pick up to see what interesting designs were made.

  27. derWandersmann

    June 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    My old painting teacher told me that the richest, most intense colours occur in the shadows. the sun tends to wash them out. Seems to me that Arthur Rothstein pointed that out, too, and he recommended polarising filters to counteract it.I did a series of experimental drawings/wash paintings when I was in school … if you wet (and I mean WET) a sheet of unsized paper (mimeo paper seemed to work best … who makes mimeo paper now?) and lay it flat, as on a sheet of glass, and draw on it with india ink … india ink and water aren't really friendly to each other … you get some very odd and unpredictable shapes and shades. I don't have the drawings any more … well, maybe I do, but I'm double-damned if I'm gonna go rooting through stuff to find them.

  28. PainterWoman

    June 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I remember mimeo paper! Also carbon paper. My mom would bring home bunches of it that had become worn out at her work. We kids would still be able to get some blue drawings out of it….well…me anyway. I can imagine the interesting shapes that would appear from drawing into wet paper. India ink is very intense. I still have an old bottle of it. About ten years ago, while art shopping, I found watercolor pencils, wc crayons (these are the best) and also graphite pencils for doing washes. I'd draw onto dry paper, then have water and a brush handy to touch the edges of the drawing in certain spots, or wet the entire drawing or whatever. Very subtle effects. Same with the watercolor crayons. The wc pencils didn't work as well for me. I'd like to get them all out and do a little experimenting again.

  29. Lilua

    June 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I love reading this πŸ™‚ you sound so professional both of you. You def should get your stuff out and start painting something again!!

  30. ssalonis

    June 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am loving photos of rain fall!

  31. jbaird

    June 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    About ten years ago, while art shopping, I found watercolor pencils, wc crayons (these are the best) and also graphite pencils for doing washes. I'd draw onto dry paper, then have water and a brush handy to touch the edges of the drawing in certain spots, or wet the entire drawing or whatever. Very subtle effects. Same with the watercolor crayons. The wc pencils didn't work as well for me. I'd like to get them all out and do a little experimenting again.

    I stopped by to see your blog after your lovely A.A.Milne quote at mine. So enjoyed this series of photographs and your comments. The rain on the window particularly spoke to me. We've had a lot of rain recently and I haven't been able to get a shot as lovely as yours are. Probably too impatient. Wouldn't be the first time…Then I spied your comment here about the watercolor pencils. Those are fun, aren't they?! Try layering the colors. Purple and blue are especially gorgeous when overlapped before wetting. I like that the lines of the pencil often remain, even after the color is dampened and spreads into the white background. ~ Janean

  32. garyftruman

    June 24, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Very interesting stuff,well done


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