Rainstorm Revelry on a Cloudless Day

I love rainstorms, reveling in the many sounds they make, the feel of raindrops on my skin, the sight of each as it splash-dances onto whatever it touches, the way rainstorms freshen the air, and the promise in the very presence of this life-giving liquid.

Sunny days are the norm where I live in California. Rainy days are often few and far between, so I sometimes need to water the fern garden that is part of my small, young, redwood grove. I do it by hand with a watering hose.

When I water, I love to create rainstorms and rainbows on cloudless days. I watch raindrops splatter into plants whose predecessors date back to the age of dinosaurs, view them skitter along broad, verdant, leaves, tickle the fragile features of lace ferns, or bounce off heartier plants to take to the air yet again, if only for a moment of wild abandonment before falling back to earth.

I close my eyes to focus on the musical way the sounds change as the spray shifts onto various parts of the long slender plants. Muted chimes playing a melody for me. I spray other plants, changing the tune nature provides.
With my eyes still closed, I feel the refreshing mist on my sun-warmed body, grateful for the moment, making it last, feeling at home in the welcoming arms of nature. In that embrace I feel warm, safe, fully alive and present, with a feeling of blissful serenity and inner peace. Feelings of joy and gratitude sweep over me. It feels great to be alive.

Although hesitant to break the spell, I know I need move on with my day. I adjust the spray once more, open my eyes, and behold a glorious rainbow. I knew it would be there; a faithful friend and fitting climax to a beautiful experience, much as a magnificent sunset can be a fitting ending to a beautiful day.

They all remind me yet again of the many miracles all around me when I have the wisdom to pause and experience them in all their glory.

With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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24 Responses to Rainstorm Revelry on a Cloudless Day

  1. ksbeth says:

    sheer poetry, russ.

  2. Val Boyko says:

    Water is memorizing … What a beautiful Middle Ground moment Russ 🙂

  3. Great post…Thanks for sharing your post and following me at Confessional Poetry. I have moved please check out my new blog at
    I call it Libretto…if you are following Libretto I appreciate your loyalty. Ann

  4. utesmile says:

    It is great to make your own rainbow. Beautifully written Russ! I would love to see your garden!

  5. What a blessed life Russ. Captivating in a very comforting and colorful way.

  6. “,,,blissful serenity and inner peace.” You’ve nailed it. Fantastic. 🙂

  7. Ann Koplow says:

    Beautiful, loving, miraculous post, Russ. Thank you!

  8. Mrs. P says:

    Though I do love rainbows…I have to admit, I LOVE a great thunderstorm with ominous clouds and sudden flashes of lightning, thunder cracking right behind it. It’s a guaranteed snap to attention moment.

    • russtowne says:

      I feel the same, Mrs. P. Where I live we’re lucky to get two small thunderstorms per year. If we see a feel flashes of lightning it is a noteworthy occasion. When I was in my mid-teens I once had to ride a bicycle in a big rainstorm and thunderstorm at night for a number of miles. It got my attention.

  9. jbw0123 says:

    Yes, you got that sprinkler moment just right. I can almost smell the scents of fern and forest. Cheers.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, jbw. It’s always good to hear from you. I think another reason I love ferns and redwoods is I’m not allergic to them. Some tree and grasses make me cough almost non-stop.

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