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“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  Roger Miller

As much as I love springtime with its renewal and growth – I love wintertime with the rain and cold.  We don’t get much snow here, but when it does  snow – it’s beautiful.  I love that all the plants and animals are in their winter slumber – resting up for the next go-round.  It’s raining a lot here at the moment.  I know in another month or so I’ll be begging for the sun to shine and the flowers to bloom and the trees to green up.  

For now, I’m pretty content as I listen to the rain pouring out of the gutters.  

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“It’s ironic, but until you can free those final monsters within the jungle of yourself, your life, your soul is up for grabs.”  Rona Barrett

Our second to last day here on this beautiful paradise found us walking through the Limahuli Botanical Gardens on the North Shore of Kauai.   These gardens are built upon an ancient Hawaiian community.  They’ve done an amazing job preserving and showcasing many of the indigenous plant species, as well as many others that were introduced over the years.  

The tour today was self guided – which meant we took four hours to go about a mile!  It’s a nice wandering trail that is a nice hike up the mountain to a beautiful vista of the ocean, and then a nice meandering path back down to the bottom.  It was completely different from the tour we took the other day at Kauai Botanical Gardens, and very well worth our effort.  We took tons and tons of photos.  

I’ll be posting a few of the photos on my other blog: Me’n My D800e.  

The weather co-operated as well . . . it was windy but didn’t rain on us once.  At least not until we arrived back at the Villa’s.

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“Life is full of beauty.  Notice it.  Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.  Smell the rain, and feel the wind.  Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”  Ashley Smith

It’s yet another windy, rainy day here on Kauai’s beautiful North Shore.  I feel like a stuck record!  We headed out for a tour of a local Botanical Garden.  It’s a privately run enterprise just a short distance from where we are staying in Princeville.   We took the 3 hour guided tour (highly recommended!) which included tastings of many of the local fruits, as well as a very interesting Chocolate tasting and presentation.  Despite the downpours that happened frequently during the tour – we really enjoyed ourselves and learned about the local fauna.  

My husband and I lagged behind the group most of the time as we stopped to take many photo’s of the beautiful plant life.  

I think we look a little soggy here in this shot.  Luckily, umbrella’s were provided but we still got wet!  

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“Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.”  Swedish Proverb

We had great plans today to tour the McBride Botanical Gardens in Poipu, Kauai.  We woke up to dark, stormy skies.  It had stormed all night long with stretches of heavy rain.  We hoped that perhaps it was a bit calmer and clearer on the south part of the Island, as it so often can be.  However when we arrived at the Gardens, the tours had been closed due to wind gusts up to 50mph.  

Instead, we drove around to a few spots that we’d visited before.  

My shot for today is at the Spouting Horn.  The surf is quite high right now so the Spouting Horn was giving off a good display.  I decided to get away from the crowds at the lookout, and walked down around the end of the fence and on to the lava rocks to get this better vantage point.  

The sun even came out for a few minutes!  

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“The rain began again.  It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of it’s own nature, which was to fall and fall.”  Helen Garner

And the rain continues . . . I had this vision for a photograph in my mind when I woke up this morning.  I had my camera on the tripod and covered in plastic – it was a bit of a challenge to get the shot.  

I didn’t like it in color because of the color cast from the red umbrella on my face.  So I converted to B&W and tweaked a bit in LR4, then took it in to Photoshop CS6 where I ran a High Pass Filter to bring out a bit more detail.  I’m learning so much about how to process my photographs without going overboard.  (It’s so easy to do!)  I think I’ll run a couple of different filters on this just to see what happens . . . so much fun!

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“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

It started raining today.  We’ve not had any moisture worth mentioning since June 14th, so this is very welcome indeed.  The trees are losing their leaves very quickly now with the stormy, windy weather.  Leaves are everywhere . . . I thought this was rather pretty with the rain drops leaving a pattern on the wet blacktop.  I used my D800E & 105 mm VR to capture this shot, and just tweaked it a smidge in LR4.  

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“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I can relax.” Paloma Picasso
 

Yet another rough day hanging out at the Lake.  The hot weather continues – so here I am cooling off in the nice breeze on the boat.  It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it . . . right??

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“I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.”  Katherine Mansfield

It’s been a VERY wet spring here in Western Canada.  Though we have managed a few days here and there of sunshine, this past weekend was wet, wet, wet to the point that we had a small lake in the back yard.  Thing is . . . I like the rain but after awhile it would just be nice to have it rain during the week when we’re working, not on the weekend when we want to be out in the yard!  Oh well . . . we’re greatly enjoying the lushness all around us.  All too soon we’ll be complaining that it’s too hot and everything will be turning brown . . . 

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