I cannot believe how crazily wet the weather has been in Singapore, since the start of 2021. I mean, it was only one or two days when there was the sun out and shining but it has been pouring so heavily that all I wanted to do was to go jump on puddles. With the hot, humid days which happen almost year-round, rains are surely some sort of a breather. December to January and early February are considered “winter-like months" in Singapore. Not really winter but here do experience very low temps at this time of the year.
The day that I took these pictures was a gray and rainy day. I kind of loved it. Most people are displeased when they check the weather and see a forecast for rain; whether it's pouring down while you are schlepping to work or messing up your weekend plans with a persistent drizzle, the rain isn't the most popular type of weather. I guess you could say I am the Elsa of rainfall; not only has the rain never bothered me anyway, I actually happen to love rainy days. More than anything, I find myself longing for a nice rainy day. I really do love raining days.
There is something about a gray, rainy day that causes you to stop and reflect. I know my opinion isn't a terribly popular one, but I stand by it. It’s unexplainable – rainy days just feel so peaceful. That is of course as long as you don’t have to be stuck in the middle of rush hour traffic. Rain by itself is quiet and cleansing. In turn it asks that we be still as well and who isn’t in need of a little stillness these days. Rain or shine, I always plan to savor the time.
Most photographers do not feel comfortable in taking photographs in bad weather. Yet bad weather sometimes presents the perfect opportunity to get most out of our skills.
Shooting in rain produces dramatic atmosphere and soft romantic scenes. Whether you are after lightning strikes or water drops, alone the incredible cloud formations can produce quite exciting and impressive photos. Reflections can occasionally produce mirrors or blurs of dancing colors, making the photography in rain beautiful and unpredictable.
I often find that sunny days tend to distract me from my inner thoughts. I fill sunny days with activity after activity and become absorbed in what I’m doing.
Rainy days on the other hand force you inward. Sounds are muffled, lights are dimmed, activities tend to slow down. You are left with space to think and reflect and grow.
There are so many things in life that pull at us. Social media gives us an instant out anytime we want to run away from our feelings. But on rainy days I find myself craving an escape from those distractions. I love to brew a cup of coffee and just sit with my thoughts.
I think people are often scared to do that… to sit with their thoughts. And I don’t blame them. Allowing your thoughts to naturally form without any distractions makes you aware of who you really are and I often don’t like who I am at that moment, but I find that in those moments of honesty I can face the things I don’t like and I can move away from them.
It’s so good to find that space for reflection. I crave it.
What about you? Do you enjoy rainy days as much as I do? I have to ask who else love raining days. Surely I can’t be the only one as then I really would need my head checked :=)