Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

On a rainy day


What do you do when it’s a cold rainy day, when the rain never stops falling and everything seems to be grey and soggy? Well, you go out and take pictures! Of course.

So here’s the story of the tree branch…first noticed when I was taking Katie out on a walk up the street. I noticed the horizontal row of raindrops on the tree in our front yard. It looked interesting.

Hmmmmm, that could be interesting.

So when we got home I put her inside and grabbed the camera. Katie, of course, wanted to go back out too. Because if mama has her camera, surely Katie herself would be the subject. And there’s that one shot, one treat clause in her contract.

Silly girl.

Not quite what I was imagining.

I took her with me anyway, because she asked nicely, even though I knew it would be harder to capture those raindrops with her. And it was. Cars going by, sniffing, tugging on her leash, all of it caused me to stop doing what I was doing. Which was trying to focus on the drops of water.

I eventually just put her leash under my foot.

Still an especially noisy truck was coming, and I had to stop once again and pick her up, she squirming, me grumbling under my breath. Especially when I slipped in some poo that somehow I had missed while cleaning up the yard earlier in the day.

Yep, it wasn’t easy. But this is what I was looking for.

Our world, captured upside down in each drop.

For me, it was worth the soggy coat, soggy dog, poo on the shoe and cold rain down my neck. But I’m sure hoping for sunshine tomorrow.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

35 thoughts on “On a rainy day

  1. Despite all of the “help” from Katie, you got that good shot.


  2. Katie did get a treat anyway, right? Who needs a lens ball when you have raindrops? Great shot.


  3. I hope you get your sunshine today. That was a lot of effort, but boy, what a pretty shot! Still, not sure it was worth poo-on-the-shoe, ha!


  4. Worth the trouble, Dawn. Nice!


  5. Pretty drops:) Spring is a little poopy sometimes:0


  6. Hahaha, this cracked me up! It sounds like Pure Michigan. 😉 And sweet Katie just makes the whole story even better. I am impressed that through it all, you managed to get a great photo! I doubt I could have done as well. Bravo! 🙂


  7. I am always fascinated by the droplets that just hang suspended like that. Wonderful captures Dawn! (despite the hardships 🙂


  8. Glad you captured the world in a grain of sand–ummm, I mean in a drop of water so clearly!


  9. Wonderful last picture. And we all have to suffer for our art. 😉


  10. I’m so glad you were able to capture what you wanted, and that you shared it! Even with all of Katie’s help.


  11. Very nice shot. And a lot of determination to get it.


  12. Great shots. At least it looks like your snow is all gone, drier days won’t be too long coming. We still have a lot of snow. The rain this weekend did help eat a lot of it.


    • We still had a little bit up through yesterday, where we had piled it while clearing the driveway, and it was in the shade. But now it’s gone. The ponds still have a skim of ice on them, and it’s still chilly in the mornings. We’ll get at least one more dump of snow, but now it won’t last too long. The daffodils are starting to pop up. If I had crocus they might be in bloom now, but the chipmunks eat all of mine so it’s only a guess these days.


  13. How very cool. Nice pic in spite of Katie and Murphy’s Law.


  14. Our world does feel upside down at the moment. Luckily, our dogs help us feel grounded with their silliness, not so subtle demands, and simple beauty.

    Hope the sun shines on you today (and your shoes stay clean)😀


    • Yes it does. I don’t know what I’d do without my girl distracting me and demanding attention and requiring 5 meals (and a late night snack) a day. Plus she was the reason I was out there in the first place. After she leaves me I’ll never be walking up and down the street and I’ll miss all the neighborhood gossip!


  15. Wonderful photo. I like your line: “Our world, captured upside down in each drop.” Seems an apt description of what I’ve been feeling lately.


  16. Yeah, poo on the shoe can be gross. At least it was Katie’s. Somehow I am not as grossed out if I step in Gracie’s poo…just mad at myself that I missed a spot during poop patrol. There is something about it being hers that is not as bad as an unknown dog or worse. I work downtown where there is a large homeless population. They use the alleys and covered building entrances as their bathroom. That is when you pray that what you stepped in was dog poo! I may have thrown out a pair of shoes or two… 😬

    Yes, your awesome photo was worth the effort! Thank you for sharing!


    • LOL I said something similar to my husband as we were cleaning Katie’s back end where she had gotten some of her poo tangled up in her fur. He was freaking out, and I said it was like changing your baby’s diaper…it’s not so bad if it’s your own baby…


  17. Nice job. Rain and dewdrops are so fascinating to photograph – stepping on poo worthy too.


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