Rain

 

 

Alperne 2016
Rampions (Phyteuma), of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), comprise about 25 species, distributed in most of Europe, east to Rampions (Phyteuma), of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), comprise about 25 species, distributed in most of Europe, east to Ukraine, and south to Morocco. The flowers of almost all species are various shades of dark blue. This picture shows globe-headed rampion (Phyteuma hemisphaericum) with raindrops, photographed near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany. A picture of another rampion species is found on this website, see: In praise of the colour blue. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
Rainbow and black rain cloud over Ho Bugt, south-western Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2017b
During the Daoist festival Tzuoh Jiaw, taking place in the village of Dalinpo, near Kaohshiung, Taiwan, men with painted faces, wearing decorated traditional straw hats and rain capes, made from fibres, perform a dance to worship local gods, and to prevent bad events in the future. – Read more about Daoism on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81 
Black rain clouds cover the sky, as African elephants (Loxodonta africana), crossing a road near a lodge in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, are illuminated by late afternoon sunshine. – Read about elephants on this website, see Animals – Rise and fall of the mighty elephants. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
Usually, Taiwanese people bring an umbrella along, as you can expect rain any time of the year. – Toucheng, E Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994 
Children, watching heavy rainfall in the village of Landrung, Modi Khola Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
Rain clouds and rainbow over a savanna with baobab trees (Adansonia digitata), Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. – Read more about this species on this website, see Plants: Ancient and huge trees. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018
A man and his children, strolling in Tunghai University Park, Taichung, Taiwan, in silent rain. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
Common bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is widely distributed in Temperate Eurasia. Its flowers are usually yellow, but red or orange flowers are sometimes seen, as on this specimen from Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Himalaya, this species is found up to 4,000 metres altitude. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

A gargoyle is a carved monster with an elongated spout, designed to lead away water from walls of buildings, hereby preventing rainwater from eroding the mortar between the stones or bricks. The word ‘gargoyle’ is from the Latin gar, meaning ‘to swallow’, referring to the gurgling sound of running water.

According to a French legend, St. Romanus of Rouen (died c. 640 A.D.) saved the country around Rouen from a monster, named La Gargouille, a dragon-like creature with wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth. According to one version of the legend, St. Romanus subdued the creature with a crucifix, leading it to Rouen, where it was burned. However, its head and neck would not burn due to being tempered by its own fire breath, so head and neck were mounted on the wall of a newly built church to scare off evil spirits.

In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) spoke out against gargoyles, saying: What are these fantastic monsters doing in the cloisters before the eyes of the brothers as they read? What is the meaning of these unclean monkeys, these strange savage lions, and monsters? To what purpose are here placed these creatures, half beast, half man, or these spotted tigers? I see several bodies with one head and several heads with one body. Here is a quadruped with a serpent’s head, there a fish with a quadruped’s head, then again an animal half horse, half goat… Surely if we do not blush for such absurdities, we should at least regret what we have spent on them.”

A list of sources may be found on the following website: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gargoyle

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
Frankrig-Spanien 2007
Frankrig-Spanien 2007
Frankrig-Spanien 2007
These pictures depict various gargoyles on the Notre Dame Basilica in Paris. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2016a
This gargoyle, depicting a mythic creature, half dragon, half fish, was seen on the Shueisian Daoist Temple, Xingang, Taiwan. This temple, which was erected in 1780, is dedicated to Da Yu (‘Yu the Great’), who, during the Xia Dynasty (c. 2700-1600 B.C.), managed to stop the great annual flooding of the Yellow River by building canals. Daoists later regarded him as a god. – Read more about Daoism on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

United Kingdom 1992-2002
This lion on the wall of Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England, is still called a gargoyle, although it is not designed to lead away rainwater. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

USA-Canada 1992
A drenched American antelope, or pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. Despite its name, this species is not a true antelope, but is placed in a family of its own, Antilocapridae. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000
Flowers of Kashmir acanthus (Strobilanthes wallichii), covered in raindrops, Langtang National Park, central Nepal. This handsome plant, which is also known as Pteracanthus alatus, is found in the Himalaya, from Pakistan east to Bhutan, growing at altitudes between 2,700 and 3,600 metres. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012 
Red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) is native to the archipelago east of New Guinea, but is widely cultivated in the Tropics due to its showy red bracts. This plant was photographed in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
The blue dawn-flower, or Indian morning-glory (Ipomoea indica), is extremely variable, its leaves being heart-shaped or tri-lobed, and its flower colour varying from purple to blue to pink. The place of origin of this species is unknown. Today, its distribution is pan-tropical, and it is also found in some subtropical areas. This picture is from Taiwan, where it is quite common. – Read more about this species and other members of the morning-glory family on this website, see Plants: The morning-glory family. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010 
During a heavy rain shower, the driver of a tuk-tuk motorcycle taxi seeks shelter in his vehicle, while a motorcyclist is getting drenched. – Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Comorerne 1988
As rain starts pouring, these girls run to seek shelter. – Moroni, Grande Comore, Comoro Islands. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica 
Raindrops on Monochaetum flowers, of the melastoma family (Melastomataceae). – Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012
The area around the Rinjani Volcano, Lombok, Indonesia, receives quite heavy rainfall. For this reason, covered platforms have been constructed as shelters for trekkers. During a heavy rain shower, visitors have pitched their tents on one of these platforms. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989 
Raindrops on a species of St. John’s wort, Hypericum revolutum, Arusha National Park, Tanzania. This shrub – occasionally a small tree – is found in montane areas, from south-western Arabia southwards through eastern Africa to the southern tip of the African Continent, and also in Cameroun, and on the islands of Fernando Po, Madagascar, Comoro Islands, and Reunion. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1991-95
This little boy is splashing in a puddle after a heavy rain shower, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-1 
The leaves of this crescent-leaved sundew (Drosera peltata) are heavy with monsoon rain. This species is distributed in montane areas, from Western Himalaya across Southeast Asia to Australia. This picture is from Langtang National Park, central Nepal. – Read more about sundew and other carnivorous plants on this website, see Plants: Flesh-eating plants. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
While rain is falling in the distance, an umbrella acacia (Vachellia tortilis, left) and yellow-barked acacias (V. xanthophloea) are illuminated by late afternoon sunshine, Konso, southern Ethiopia. – Read more about acacias on this website, see: In praise of the colour yellow. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2016 
Bearded bellflower (Campanula barbata) with raindrops, Rossfeld, near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany. This species is common throughout the Alps, and in East European mountains, and there are also a few small, vulnerable populations in Norway. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984
Raindrops, creating a beautiful pattern in a spider’s web, Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Himachal 1 
Rock-jasmines (Androsace) are closely related to primroses (Primula), but can be told from that genus by their very short corolla-tube (a tube, formed by the petals). Many high-altitude rock-jasmine species are mat-forming, as a means to protect themselves against cold and evaporation, such as Androsace muscoidea, here photographed in the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000
Heavy monsoon rain has washed away part of this house, situated on the shore of the Langtang River, central Nepal. – Read more about the monsoon in Nepal on this website, see Plants: Plant hunting in the Himalaya – Rainy season in Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica
Rain clouds with a rainbow, covering the sky behind a flowering buttercup tree, or poro-poro (Cochlospermum vitifolium), Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This species, variously placed in the families Cochlospermaceae and Bixaceae, is native to Central America and northern South America. Its gorgeous flowers appear after its leaves have been shed. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012 
Restaurant during a heavy rain shower, Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989
The black-bellied bustard (Lissotis melanogaster) is widely distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa, excepting rainforest and desert areas. This male in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, is performing his courtship display, even though a silent rain is falling. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
Raindrops hang like pearls on autumn leaves and fruits of common dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), Valle Tena, Aragon, Spain. This dogwood is found in Europe, from England and southern Scandinavia south to Spain, southern Italy and Greece, and eastwards to Ukraine and the Caucasus. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009
Nepal 2009-1
Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
Balsam (Impatiens) is a large genus of plants with attractive flowers. The generic name, as well as a popular name of these plants, ‘touch-me-not’, was given them in allusion to their way of spreading their seeds. As the fruit reaches maturity, a tension builds up inside the pod, causing it to ‘explode’ when touched, hereby spreading the seeds a considerable distance. Balsam species are ubiquitous in the Himalaya, comprising at least 50 species, most of which are blooming during the monsoon, between mid-June and late September. The two upper pictures are from Langtang National Park, Nepal, while the bottom one, depicting a drenched bumble bee, clinging to a flower of a Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), is from Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2016 
The Alpine, or yellow-billed, chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) is a close relative of the red-billed chough (P. pyrrhocorax), but is a bit smaller, with a shorter, bright yellow bill. It often becomes quite confiding, like this bird, which, drenched from a heavy rain shower, is searching for food on a restaurant table near Grossglockner, Austria. – The Alpine chough is presented in depth elsewhere on this website, see: In praise of the colour yellow. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Guatemala 1998
During the Catholic ‘Fiesta of the Dead’, which is celebrated in the beginning of November, an annual horse race takes place in the town of Todos Santos, western Guatemala. In 1998, when these pictures were taken, Guatemala was ravaged by a powerful hurricane, and rain was pouring throughout the day. – Read more about Guatemala on this website, see Travel episodes: Guatemala 1998 – Country of the Mayans. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA-Canada 1992 
Bull elephant’s head (Pedicularis groenlandica) with raindrops, Olympic National Park, Washington, United States. This plant is found in Arctic Canada and Greenland, and in high mountains of western North America. It grows in wet areas, especially along riverbanks. The flower of this species has a long, pointed beak, which curves upward, resembling an elephant’s lifted trunk, while the lateral lobes resemble an elephant’s ears. – The genus name Pedicularis is derived from the Latin pediculus (‘louse’). According to an old superstition, louseworts could transfer lice to people and cattle, or, according to another belief, the exact opposite was the case, namely that they were able to rid people and cattle of lice! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989
Rain clouds darken the sky behind yellow-billed storks (Mycteria ibis), as they are about to land near the shore of Lake Manyara, Tanzania. This species is found in sub-Saharan Africa and western Madagascar, with the largest concentration in East Africa. In the picture, Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) are seen in the background. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000 
Larkspurs (Delphinium) are a genus in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), identified by their irregular flowers with five coloured sepals, the upper one with a large, back-pointing spur, and four inner petals, of which the upper two have nectar-producing spurs that are enclosed in the larger spur. This is Delphinium kamaonense, dotted with raindrops after a monsoon shower. This species is found in the Himalaya, south-eastern Tibet, and south-western China, growing between 2,500 and 4,500 metres altitude. – Langtang National Park, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Following a heavy downpour, a perfect double rainbow stands like an arch over an oak forest near Bhaniakund, Uttarakhand, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a 
The Canadian dwarf cornel (Cornus canadensis), also called Canadian bunchberry, quatre-temps, crackerberry, and creeping dogwood, is native to Canada, Greenland, northern United States, eastern Siberia, Japan, Korea, and north-eastern China. The French-Canadian name quatre-temps was given in allusion to its leaves, arranged cross-wise. This plant is sometimes placed in other genera, under the names Chamaepericlymenum canadense or Cornella canadensis. It is closely related to the Eurasian dwarf cornel (Cornus suecica), which is also found in Alaska, British Columbia, north-eastern Canada, and Greenland. Where the two species grow together, they form hybrids. – This Canadian dwarf cornel was photographed after a rain shower, growing in Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2000
Following a heavy monsoon shower, these boys have fun in a flooded street in Delhi, India. In the background a taxi, facing problems. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
Street after a heavy rain shower, Berdun, Aragon, Spain. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012
Despite heavy rain, these motorcyclists continue their journey, Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99
Black rain clouds darken the sky behind house roofs with numerous chimneys, Dublin, Ireland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
Falling rain partly blurs smoke from chimneys of a power plant, Esbjerg, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Kenya 1988-89 
A tiny puddle of rain water has gathered in a leaf rosette of a species of giant lobelia, Lobelia deckenii ssp. keniensis, which only grows in the alpine zone on Mount Kenya. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Heavy rain clouds darken the sky above Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. – Read more about Guatemala on this website, see Travel episodes: Guatemala 1998 – Country of the Mayans. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 2004 
This road near Lhatze, Tibet, has been destroyed by heavy rain. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993
Following heavy rain, puddles have gathered on a village road, southern Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000 
Seeking shelter from heavy rain under a plastic poncho, this porter is crossing a stream, swollen with monsoon rain. Before the introduction of plastic items in the Himalaya, banana leaves, or other large leaves, would serve the same purpose. – Kali Gandaki Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Raindrops cling to a flower of meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, United States. – Read more about this species on this website, see Nature: Invasive species. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Kina 1987 
As rain clouds move away behind limestone mountains near Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China, boats in the Li River are illuminated by sunshine. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-1
Raindrops cling to the underside of the petals of a Himalayan cranesbill (Geranium himalayense), Langtang National Park, central Nepal. This species is found from Afghanistan eastwards to central Nepal, growing between 2,100 and 4,400 metres altitude. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Kenya 1988-89
Ethiopien 1996
The lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) breeds mainly in the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, while three smaller breeding populations occur in West Africa, Namibia, and Gujarat, India. When not breeding, it occurs in virtually every sub-Saharan country, via the Arabian Peninsula east to India and Sri Lanka. The global population has been estimated at between 2.2 and 3.2 million. (Source: iucnredlist.org/details/22697369/0). – In the upper picture, rain clouds darken the sky, as the last sunshine of the day illuminates a large flock of feeding lesser flamingos, Lake Nakuru, Kenya. The lower picture shows black rain clouds behind feeding flamingos in Lake Abietta, Ethiopia. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Raindrops cling to a flower of purple morning-glory (Ipomoea purpurea), Guatemala. – Read about this species and other members of the morning-glory family on this website, see Plants: The morning-glory family. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2000 
This taxi driver and his customer were surprised by a heavy monsoon shower in Delhi, India, and now they are pushing their vehicle along a flooded street. They seem to bear their mishap in a good mood. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85
Double rainbow above Mount Kinabalu, Gunung Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Borneo. – Read more about wildlife on this mountain on this website, see Travel episodes: Borneo 1985 – A hike up Gunung Kinabalu. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993 
A rain shower streaks the sky above a savanna near rocky outcrops, named Simba Kopjes. – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
During a heavy rain shower, a patch of sunshine illuminates the town of Todos Santos, Guatemala. – Read more about Todos Santos, and about Guatemala in general, on this website, see Travel episodes: Guatemala 1998 – Country of the Mayans. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Flower photos Q-Z 
Flowers of Rhododendron arboreum, covered in raindrops after a monsoon shower, Ghunsa Valley, eastern Nepal. This species, which can grow up to 15 metres tall, is the national plant of Nepal, called lali guras. It is very common in the Himalaya, and in March-April, when it is flowering, parts of the forest show a reddish or pinkish tinge, stemming from millions of flowers. The intensity of the red colour of the flowers decreases, as you move higher, and near the upper limit of its distribution, you sometimes encounter trees with white flowers. – Read more about rhododendrons on this website, see Plants: Rhododendrons. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Rainfall creates beautiful patterns on a rock wall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
City square after a heavy rain shower, Laruns, Pyrenees, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1992-98
Honeysuckles (Lonicera) are a huge genus of shrubs and climbers, comprising approximately 180 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Of these, no less than about a hundred are found in China. This picture shows fly honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), which is found in Europe, Turkey, and the European part of Russia. This picture is from the island of Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2000
Monasteries in areas dominated by Tibetan Buddhism, or Lamaism, are called gompas. In this picture from Leh, Ladakh, northern India, black rain clouds darken the sky behind the red Tsemo Gompa, erected 1430, the ruins of King Tashi Namgyal’s old fort, built in the 1500s (left), and a white Maitreya temple. The title ‘Maitreya’ indicates that this temple was built in honour of Maitreya (‘The Future Buddha’), who, in due time, will return to Earth to save humanity. – Read more about Lamaism on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 2006-11 
Viburnum is a huge genus, comprising about 150-175 species of shrubs or small trees, native to the Temperate Northern Hemisphere, with a few species in montane areas of North Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. Previously, this genus was classified as belonging to the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae), or to the elder family (Sambucaceae), but DNA analyses have revealed that, in fact, it is part of the moschatel family (Adoxaceae). This picture shows autumn leaves and berries of Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus), heavy with raindrops, photographed in Zealand, Denmark. The name Guelder rose relates to the Dutch province of Gelderland, where a popular cultivar, the snowball tree, supposedly originated. – In Ukraine, the Guelder rose is a national symbol, and an emblem for the concept of a young girl’s love and tenderness. (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viburnum). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
During continuous heavy rain, this dog has been thoroughly smeared in mud, Todos Santos, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
Seeking shelter under an umbrella, this Buddhist monk is waiting for the rain to stop. – Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99
USA 1998-99
Rain clouds behind eroded bluffs, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, United States. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993 
Rain clouds gather at sunset, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2008
School girls on their way home during rainy weather, Valparai, West Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2010 
At dusk, rain clouds are moving in to cover the sky above the city of Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
On a spring day, dark clouds gather above the Modi Khola Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal. Even prior to the monsoon period (June-September), this area receives quite heavy rainfall. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
Anvil cloud, building up over the Indian Ocean, near Boydu, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2011
Raindrops on flowers of Taiwan hibiscus (Hibiscus taiwanensis). This attractive species is endemic to Taiwan, where it is very common in the lowlands and lower mountains. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
During heavy rain, this family, crossing a street in the city of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, seek shelter under plastic sheets. This picture is from November 1998, when the hurricane Mitch was creating havoc in Guatemala. Later, unofficial reports said that about 1,900 millimetres of rain was dumped by this hurricane. – Read more about my adventures during this hurricane, and about Guatemala in general, on this website, see Travel episodes: Guatemala 1998 – Country of the Mayans. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987 
The dry Tibetan Plateau receives some rain during the summer months. Here, dark rain clouds gather behind the town of Gyantse. – Read more about the Tibetan Plateau on this website, see Travel episodes: Tibet 1987 – Tibetan summer. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
A dark and rainy day in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 2004 
A road near Kodari, Nepal, which has been destroyed by heavy monsoon rains, is being repaired. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

United Kingdom 1992-2002
Rain clouds darken the sky above Glyder Fawr Mountain, Snowdon National Park, Gwynedd, Wales. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
Male lion (Panthera leo), quenching his thirst in a rainwater puddle, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012
Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata), of the heath family (Ericaceae), has a wide distribution, found in Temperate North America, northern Asia, and north-eastern Europe. This one was photographed in the Pine Barrens, New Jersey, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2011 
Stem of Pacific Islands silvergrass (Miscanthus floridulus), weighed down by rain. This species is found in Japan and Taiwan, and on several islands in the Pacific Ocean. In Taiwan, where this picture was taken, it is very common in the lowlands, at greater altitudes being replaced by Miscanthus transmorrisonensis. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Island 1989-91
A recent shower has adorned the red autumn foliage of this bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum), growing on the mountain Fornastaðafjall, near Akureyri, northern Iceland, with countless ‘pearls’. This species has an enormous distribution, found in northern temperate and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, besides isolated populations in montane areas, e.g. the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Caucasus in Europe, the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains in North America, and mountains in Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
During the Catholic Festival of the Dead, on November 1st and 2nd, hundreds of people in Guatemala gather in the cemeteries to decorate the graves of their relatives, and to burn candles or incense. In 1998, when the hurricane Mitch was creating havoc in Guatemala, people still went to this cemetery in Chichicastenango during the Festival of the Dead, despite heavy rainfall. – Read more about Guatemala on this website, see Travel episodes: Guatemala 1998 – Country of the Mayans. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012
Coastal fetterbush (Eubotrys racemosa, also called Leucothoe racemosa) is a shrub of the heath family (Ericaceae), growing to 4 metres tall. It is found in coastal plains in the eastern United States, from Massachusetts south to Florida, and thence west to Texas, growing in various habitats, e.g. pine forest, oak forest, grasslands, and swamps. This specimen, covered in raindrops, was photographed in the vast pine forests of the Pine Barrens, New Jersey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1988-99 
Black rain cloud, passing over the island of Vorsø, Horsens Fjord, Denmark. – This island is a nature reserve, dealt with in depth on this website, see Vorsø on my mind. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Yunnan 2007
Wet street after a downpour, Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993 
Rain clouds at dusk, Kalasa Mukoso, Zambia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
Following continuous rainy weather, petals of a Chinese hydrangea (Hydrangea chinensis) have fallen onto a wooden bench in Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Taiwan. This species is found in eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79 
Sun rays penetrate dark rainclouds above the Nuwara Wewa Lake, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. In the background ruins of ancient stupas. – Read more about stupas, and about Buddhism in general, on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
Mount Lolkisale stands out as a silhouette on the horizon, as rain clouds darken the sky over Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000 
Hindu pilgrims, who have paid a visit to the Vishnu temple of Muktinath, Mustang, central Nepal, are now on their way on foot down the Kali Gandaki Valley. Here they are crossing a dangerous landslide, caused by heavy monsoon rain, which has washed the trail into the river. – Read more about the Muktinath Temple, and about Hinduism in general, on this website, see Religion: Hinduism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012
Pitch pine (Pinus rigida) is a native of eastern North America, found from extreme southern Ontario and Quebec, south through New England to Kentucky and the northern tip of Georgia. The name pitch pine refers to the resin, which is extracted from it. This specimen was photographed in the vast pine forests of the Pine Barrens, New Jersey, where it is the dominant tree. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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