Friday, April 27, 2012

A Challenge All Around

I wish I could say that I've had opportunities to take rain photos this week here in Central Kansas. Our wheat crop could use a long, deep drink of water as the heads fill.

Today's theme for the Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge is rain and water. Since last night's chances for rain showers bypassed our farm, Randy plans to swath some alfalfa today. So maybe we'll get rain after all. (You can send your thank you notes to the County Line because swathing often leads to moisture. And believe me, we'll be OK with it, too.)

So, while I wait for rain to fall around here,  I've pulled together some of my favorite rain photos from the past. Hope you enjoy them and the quotes I've found to go with them. 

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
 Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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
April showers bring May flowers.

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unraveled from the tumbling main...
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes

All was silent as before -
All silent save the dripping rain.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let the rain kiss you. 
 Let the rain beat upon your head 
with silver liquid drops.  
Let the rain sing you a lullaby. 
 ~Langston Hughes

<em>Leap Into Spring!</em> Photo Challenge

I'm linked today to the Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge. Hosts for the challenge are Alicia at Project Alicia, Kristi at Live and Love Out Loud and Rebecca at Bumbles and Light. Check out the photos on their websites.


  1. I love this post, Kim! Beautiful flowers, neat rain drops and inspiring quotes!

    Cutting Alfalfa already! We are not even close to close. J cuts it in full bloom around mid June. We need the tonnage and usually get 1 cutting per year.

    It is raining today and we have good chances through the weekend. J and I went on a road trip Wednesday and Thursday. From the middle of the state east and north things look great. Us west westerners are very dry.

    Hope you get moisture, without violent storms, soon!

    1. As it turns out, Randy didn't put hay down because it was misty, but now the sun is shining. Parts of Kansas are getting rain, but not here. If we're not in a drought, we have at least three cuttings of hay. Hope you (and we!) get rain. Have a good weekend, Robyn!

  2. Love the pictures! Just beautiful! And it is raining here as I type.

    1. Wish it was raining here, Mrs. E! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. what a beautiful collection. i adore the photos and quotes you chose to go along with them! wishing you some rain.

    1. Thank you, Stasha. We got about 0.15 over the weekend, but would love to have more.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful! I enjoyed your interpretation of this prompt.

    1. Thanks so much. It's been fun to figure out what to do for these challenges.

  5. Oh these are lovely, raindrops on pretty flowers! We haven't had that much rain up in Chicago this year either... well it seems to have started this weekend which was of no help for the timing of the prompt!

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Leap into Spring Photo Challenge :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Satakeili! One of my sisters lives in Chicago.

  6. The quotes add so much to the pictures. Great post!

    1. I appreciate your stopping by and taking time to leave a comment!