Monday, 9 August 2010

After the Rain

I am not much of a Shelley fan, but this is just too apt.

I am the daughter of earth and water,
And the nursling of the sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise and unbuild it again.
From The Cloud.




The self-portrait was taken against a rainy window but I had to fiddle the contrast and intensity to get the reflection clear.  And, for the record, the camera is a Nikon D90 with an 18-200 Nikkor lens. Yeah, it weighs a lot.  But I'm kind of obsessive about it so it goes everywhere with me.


  1. the poem goes so beautifully with your pictures. And that picture of you is the icing on the cake--wonderful post.

  2. Oh, that's a good one. My BIL has one, and it is light years ahead of my original 6mp Rebel.

  3. I loved the poem and the pictures. Like the last one!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  4. I love the self-portrait; all the pictures are stunning but I do like seeing a friendly face.

  5. I love the top two photos and I especially like to see your face!

  6. I like all of these......especially the first one...the colors pop.

  7. I love this take on the self-portrait.