After the rain…

We seem to have had nothing but torrential rain here for weeks. Not a day has gone by without the heavens opening at some point… not even on days that have begun with frost. But, on the first morning that the clocks began to count the hours of darkness, I look out at the rain-drenched garden and cannot help thinking of a line from a childhood hymn, ‘after the sun, the rain, after the rain the sun, this is the way of life…’.

Every leaf, every petal, sparkling and shimmering in the breeze. Surfaces encrusted with diamond droplets that capture, refract and reflect the sunlight, hold on to their treasure until the sun’s warmth waves its wand and the jewels disappear. It is a moment of pure magic.

The floor is a carpet of russet, gold and green where the trees have shed their summer garments. And yet, there are still flowers in the garden, despite the chill of approaching winter. A little white butterfly braves the morning and the robin sings to welcome this brief return of the light.

Even the tiniest leaves reach up to offer themselves as a chalice. Even the smallest droplet holds the immensity of the sun. And I am reminded that Nature teaches through beauty as well as in darkness.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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54 Responses to After the rain…

  1. Tanusri sen says:

    A beautiful explanation of the weather with beautiful photos!

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  2. This is beautiful, Sue. Rain is way better than. I rain.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Absolutely true. Love the beautiful pictures.

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    The images are beautiful, Sue. A lovely reminder that rain is a blessed thing, even when it doesn’t seem to want to stop!


  6. willowdot21 says:

    Wonderful words and photography Sue πŸ’œ


  7. quiall says:

    Stunning pictures! Oh, and words too!


  8. Mary Smith says:

    A lovely post and beautiful photos, Sue. We have had our first proper frosty morning today and we have glorious blue skies. Even if a tad on the chilly side it’s a glorious day.


  9. fransiweinstein says:

    What a beautiful picture you have painted.


  10. Beautiful photos, Sue. Enjoy the gifts of the rain. When I lived in Vermont we had frequent ice storms this time of year where everything was coated and sparkling. It was treacherous, but what a wondrous sight.


  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Wonderful macro, Sue!


  12. dgkaye says:

    Your words make weather so beautiful Sue. Just gorgeous. ❀


  13. Alli Templeton says:

    What stunning pictures, Sue. It throws a new light on all that rain we’ve been having. I love the idea of leaves as chalices. That last photo shows that perfectly – it’s amazing. πŸ™‚


  14. Beautiful words to match your absolutely breath-taking photos. I feel like could tiptoe through them.


  15. Jennie says:

    If only everyone took the time to see with their heart like you do, Sue. Lovely!


  16. Sue, your photos are fabulous and so is your writing…both magic!


  17. We had ten days of rain day and night and today was the first completely dry day in so long, it’s hard to remember. It lasted at least long enough for Owen to blow the leaves off the driveway. if it will stay sunny for a while, we will have a month of gold. The leaves on the oak trees turn golden and the sun makes them shine.

    What kind of winter will we have? Many of we northerners are worried. We haven’t had a seriously bad one in a couple of years, so we are due.


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