Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Shelter Skelter

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On Me, Ed

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Any idea what this picture shows? It's an abandoned umbrella, leaning against a brick wall. There's flecks of rust on the metal; there's grime on the fabric; there's dents on the chrome ring. And, more importantly, there's not a chance that it'll protect us from any kind of rain. When this caught my eye, I really liked the way the fabric had fallen, with two folds of yellow and two folds of white looking as though they had been artistically draped.

Yes, we had rain this weekend and already there is fresh green grass sprouting across Melbourne's lawns and nature strips. It's been a long, hot, dry summer with water restrictions in the severe drought. But it was great to see grey clouds and to hear the sound of rain. Maybe we'll have a wet March. Here's hoping.

26 comments:

lynn said...

Oh you are clever, David, to think of this cropped article for an angle. It looks just fantastic.

OHmommy said...

Sending a storm cloud your way.

Terri said...

Hi
Thanks for visiting over at my "snow-filled" blog! Funny how we can all view the weather differently depending on what we're in need of. You are hoping for rain due to a lack of it. We are experiencing a drizzle-like rain, snow mix today. We're looking at it as rather depressing. It's been a long, long winter here in Michigan.
Here's hoping you get your rain and ours stops!

Akelamalu said...

You manage to get a great picture out of nothing!

Send me some sun!

mielikki said...

if I could send you some of the large storm that just hit California, I would. We are hoping to dry out for awhile!

missburrows said...

It's been sunny and clear here in the Pacific Northwest. Glad you got our rain.

Shrinky said...

I'll happily trade you a month of our weather for yours?

You have the eye for a great shot David, but there I go repeating myself again..

Don Mills Diva said...

Never knew an umbrella could look so intriguing...

Misty Dawn said...

I'll do a rain dance for you! Don't worry, my dogs are used to looking at me like I've lost my mind ;-)

Utsav said...

Hi David!
I followed link-after-link-after-link, and guess what I found- a North Point guy! Say hello to an old rival- I'm from St. Paul's, Darjeeling! What a great surprise this is. How long did you live in India? Are you still in touch?

Great blog you have- lovely pictures, all of them.

Dorothee said...

This umbrella looks pretty nice to me! I love its bright colors. Maybe it's standing there to invocate the god of rain!!

leslie said...

It's amazing where one can find beauty and art.

Rachel said...

I'm waiting for the David's famous Pasta Chicken Bake. Seriously. Where is it?
The recipe you commented on is awesome, really. And easy.
Tapping fingers and waiting on yours.

*tap, tap, tap*

Lisa said...

Hoping along with you! We were under drought conditions last summer, but we've had more than ample rain through the winter to make up for it.

(Thanks for your get well wishes for my Rosie.)

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh you want rain and we want sun LOL. Fantastic shot David!

A.Bananna said...

we have been getting rain here! I will blow it towards you next time it starts! :) Lol. hope you have a great day!

holly said...

you can have the wet we're experiencing now. although i'm rather enjoying listening to it, i do NOT want to hoof it to work during it.

and if you think *this* umbrella is bad, you should *not* see mine. it's more of a mesh design, thank you wind. perhaps i should get a new one. . .

katydidnot said...

i completely love umbrellas. mine is black with multi-colored polka dots.

Sniz said...

How odd to think about it being summer! I love the colors of this and the stories that immediately spring to mind when I heard that it was abandoned.

smilnsigh said...

Glad you had rain!!!

Mari-Nanci

BarnGoddess said...

good photo.

my pasture around the barns is a big mud hole, weve had more than our share of rain/ice/snow.....Ill be sending it your way next time it shows it's face 'round here :)

Gawdess said...

a found umbrella, the colour of ducks, I like it, very portentious of rain.

DaddyKaos said...

Oh, how I long for green, we still have Decembers white although it has started to diminish.

Rain on you!

Sandi McBride said...

I saw this and immediately remembered how whenever we had lunch at the pub (The Royal Standard) out in the countryside, (they had outdoor seating )and if you didn't mind, the old resident goat would come up and steal your umbrella. He had quite a little pile of brollies, most didn't want them back after he had bitten through the frame! This was of course when we lived in England...and oh how I miss it.
Sandi

Sandy Carlson said...

This is a wonderful photo. It's so vibrant and beautiful. Perhaps it's happy to be retired!

napaboaniya said...

Here's hoping for rain on your side and hopefully there'll be a better umbrella somewhere.