In Praise Of Rain

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“What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in the forest, at night, cherished by this wonderful unintelligible perfectly innocent  speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself … The noise of it and the thickness of it walls you off from the rest of the world …. It is the voice of the present moment … It is the festival of rain”

— Thomas Merton on the sound of rain

Like most people, I seek some sort of shelter when it rains. On photography forays, I confess that I used to get a bit frustrated because I wanted to be outdoors with my camera instead of waiting out the rain while being cooped up in my camper.

But, one day at Kalaloch on the Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, things suddenly changed. During a gentle rain, I glanced past my open camper door to see a breathtaking scene that was new to me — the beauty of raindrops clinging to forest lichen. Each drop glistened and reflected. All of a sudden, I realized that I had been foolishly missing experiences of great beauty when I hid from rain and the artistry of raindrops.

The rain drop offers layers of beauty. First, the glistening sparkle of reflected light. A sparkle that sometimes dances. A closer look reveals a reflection of the raindrop’s surroundings distorted by its spherical shape. These mesmerizing and addictive designs are abstractions far more beautiful than ones created by the hand of man. And, represented in this beauty is the power of rain. It is a life force required by all living things. It is a shaping force that defines both our earth’s surface and how we live. And, it is a connecting force because water is central to everything.

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Forest lichen

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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