Rain. The nemesis of the outdoor toy photographer. Or is it?

Sure, we’ve all been there. We’ve planned a day outdoors taking photos of toys. Our bags are packed, our batteries charged, and then it starts raining, devastating our plans. Dang it!

Yeah, it can be a jerk. But hear me out. Sometimes it can also be not a jerk.

Take a rain check

We’ve just come out of a long, dry summer. Without boring you too much with my “geeky living in the country rain gauge documentation”, we had less than 40mm of rain for the first 4 month of this year. And when you multiply that number by the total square meterage of roof we have to calculate the total number of litres of water that has been captured by our water tanks, the results were pretty dire.

Sorry, I’ve gone off topic.

May arrived and so did the autumn (fall) rains. Over a week we received over 80mm. So that number, multiplied by… STOP IT! This isn’t a “how to calculate the total catchment of a rain water tank” blog!

Rain and toy photography. Remember?

So, a few days were spent looking out the window, lamenting ruined toy photography plans, as the rain poured down.

And then it eased.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Our arid paddocks now were tinged with green.

As Right as Rain

Every cloud…

My beloved moss had returned. It’s nearly time to get out the shovel and harvest some little worlds again.

As Right as Rain

As Right as Rain

The lunar landscape of dry cracked mud under the bridge at our lake that I was lying on just a couple of weeks ago was now a foot under water. And the “fairy mushrooms” had even burst through the ground.

So next time the rain interrupts your toy photography plans, don’t immediately curse it. Think of my water tanks the wonders the rain will bring. The wonders that await your postponed toy photography adventure.

– Brett

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