Monday, July 14, 2008

Oh No, Don't Let the Rain Come Down...

Pink umbrella in a summer downpour

Yesterday evening, I went walking immediately after dinner. The clouds looked a bit threatening, but the weatherman said it was suppose to be dry all weekend. Regardless, I made sure to grab a plastic bag for my camera, just in case. And it's a good thing, too, because half way through my walk, it started to pour very suddenly and without warning. It was a frog strangler. A gully washer. A deluge of biblical proportions. I stood for a brief period under a bus shelter across from a Metro bus terminal at 14th and Kennedy Streets NW. I just finished snapping the first picture above and had turned off my camera when two Mormon missionaries on bikes furiously pedaled past. The best shot would have been of these two young men in front of the bus terminal, but I missed it and only just managed to get the shot I did. Poor guys!

Furiously pedaling Mormon missionaries caught in the downpour

Realizing the rain wasn't going to let up anytime soon, I decided to head home. Needless to say, I looked like a drown rat by the time I walked in the door. At least the rain was warm, as it tends to be this time of year. To see more pictures from yesterday's walk, go to Standing Room Only.

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I'm throwing in a pitch for this week's 2 Things Challenge. The category is People / Watch. I mentioned several days ago wanting to improve my photographing-people-skills and a few of you discussed wanting to be braver about photographing people, too. Here's our chance! If you haven't participated in a 2 Things Challenge before, please do this week. The more, the merrier. And, if you want, try Thomas Hawks' approach.




Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 07/08. Video courtesy of YouTube.

11 comments:

marley said...

I recognise those sort of showers! At least you were heading home and could dry off. There is nothing worse than getting soaked on the way to somewhere important!

Virginia said...

Serendipity SIngers, now that's a blast from the past. Glad your camera stayed dry above all else!

D.C. Confidential said...

Marley: You make an excellent point! I'd have been in a sorry state if I'd needed to be somewhere for a purpose. I wish I'd had my brollie on me yesterday. Ironically, it was in my car. I've found though that that's a good place for it. That way, it doesn't get wet. :-D


Virginia: I know! How fun was that song? I'm glad the camera stayed dry, too. Me, I can dry off. The camera, not so much.

Maya said...

That umbrella shot is great especially enlarged! I like the pink umbrella. Nice pop of color.

Funny, I actually took a photo of a woman on the escalator today (from behind though, I am a chicken). It didn't turn out that well, so I didn't post it.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Thanks! I've had a couple of compliments on that one today. My mother just called me and told me she really likes it. I'm always surprised by what resonates with people.

I think tomorrow will be people picture day. Wanna come along?

Lara said...

we had such thing last week, this morning... and so on... but it's still very hot! now it's like a sauna...

D.C. Confidential said...

Lara: We've been lucky and have had a few clear, humidity-free days, but the norm is for it to rain and provide a few minutes of cool relief. Then the humidity comes back and is 10 times worse. I commiserate with you.

Bobbie said...

Let the rain come on down, as long as you can photograph pink umbrella's!

Maya said...

Oooh, I'd love to come along. Though I think I would melt there. Perhaps you should come here for a walk?

D.C. Confidential said...

Bobbie: Hear! Hear! We need more pink umbrellas!


Maya: I'll be right over!

Maya said...

Yeah!