Learning to Dance in the Rain
It’s been a damp five days, but in the words of Roger Miller, “some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” I’m choosing to try and embrace the Cornish summer in all of it’s soggy splendor…
30 DAYS WILD – DAYS 11 TO 15
Day 11 » Rain, Rain, Rain
With rain comes a freshness and a scattering of glistening jewels over luscious greens.
It’s easy to overlook the beauty of wet weather when we hide away in our houses refusing to even look, rushing to take shelter at even the slightest hint of moisture in the air, but without it the English landscape we love wouldn’t exist.
Day 12 » Drama in the Skies
On day 12 the rain was more intermittent so there was a lot of opportunity for watching birds against dramatic skies. It’s one of the only times I ever really pay much attention to seagulls. When they catch the sunlight whilst in flight against dark clouds they look really quite striking all of a sudden.
I tend to get a lot of weather induced pressure headaches, but there’s always an amazing feeling of release when a downpour happens – it clears the air and with it my thoughts. Being a rather laid back Sunday I made time to go and sit in the rain, taking shelter under an archway of climbing plants. It’s not something I would have ever normally embraced were it not for this challenge, but I’m so glad that I did. Sometimes it’s the things we’d normal recoil from that are what we need the most and this was no exception. Next time it’s raining why not try to relax and enjoy the moment? You might be amazed how refreshing it can be, especially if it follows a particularly hot spell!
Day 13 » Taking Notice
Another wet day, but I decided I couldn’t let the weather stop me from getting wild so I grabbed Bruce and headed to a small patch of nearby woodland – a hidden gem nestled between houses – for a short afternoon walk. Taking a path I never normally walk meant I noticed a pleasing archway in the trees that I’d never paid attention to before.
When I got home I noticed a beautiful moth taking shelter from the weather in our doorway and snapped a few macro photos. I’ve since found out, with the help of kind people on an Insects of Britain and Northern Europe group over on Facebook, that it’s likely a Yellow Barred Brindle (Acasis Viretata). The subtlety and variation of moth patterning is something I’m beginning to appreciate more and more.
Day 14 » Blood Spewers?!
The sun poked it’s head out on day 14, which meant so did more insects. I headed to a slightly overgrown footpath near to where I live and decided to investigate the hedgerows – a great place to find creatures.
It was a good day for cute little black beetles with a somewhat less endearing name. These little guys are adorable to watch plod along the path, but their defense mechanism or exuding a blood red liquid from their mouths when under attack has earned them the name Bloody Nosed Beetles, or Blood Spewers… Charming!
I also came across a stunning female Emperor Dragonfly, so well camouflaged in the hedge that I almost walked straight past her. I’m glad I spotted her as she was absolutely gorgeous and the largest dragonfly I’ve ever seen. I watched in awe as she sunned herself for a few minutes, a privilege I won’t forget in a hurry.
Nowhere else have I seen so many mature holly trees in one place, it had never occurred to me that they even grow so big, so I’ve decided to rename it Holly Lane. The Critters of Holly Lane sounds like a children’s story book that I’m now almost tempted to write.
Day 15 » Call of Cthulhu: Blackbird Edition
Wet once again, I took pleasure in one of my favourite things about the damp weather… Watching the blackbirds hunting for dinner, looking somewhat like Cthulhu as a bounty of worms drapes out over their beaks. They always seem so pleased with themselves!
As the evening went on the clouds dispersed, leaving me with a gorgeous sunset to admire from my bedroom window with a cup of chai tea. I can’t help but wish I drove when nature unexpectedly puts on a show like that as my house isn’t in the best position to see it in all of it’s glory – it would be great to be able to jump in the car and quickly find a better viewpoint!
What’s your favourite way to spend a rainy day? Let me know in the comments!