"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

How I Love The Storm and The Rain. (雨中即景)

I've had just enough time to...   love rainy days

Taken from my office just before a storm...

Even as a child, I loved storms and I loved rains. No matter how violent the winds blasted and rattled. How they pushed against the windows like a wild animal trying to get in, I was never afraid. I was afraid of a lot of things but never a storm. I treated it like a loud friend who dropped in suddenly, unannounced, but who brought excitement to the dull existence of a monotone life.

I loved how the hawkers scrambled, how the housewives rushed to retrieve clothings still hanging on the lines, how the dogs barked impotently at a threat it cannot comprehend and how the smarter cat with a meow disappeared to the safest hiding place. I loved how the first few drops of rain dissipated into a mist after just a momentarily imprint on the hot paved road. Or how the light reddish brown laterite soil first took on a deeper tone, and then run off to be the first to form a puddle.

I loved the raindrops splashing against the window, how they run down like the tears of a broken heart. I loved how the coconut tree swayed its branches like a dancer in wild abundance, high above the other leafy trees that released their leaves to the wind. I loved the sound of a million chatters. The pitch according to whom they spoke  to; the zinc roof, the paved road or the monsoon drain. I loved the cool, moisture laden wind that brought relief against the heat. I’m happiest and saddest during the life of a storm.

The sight, sound and feel of the storm are now different for me. But I still love the storm and the rain.


The happiest rain song of my youth - 
雨中即景 - 刘文正 


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    The lyrics of the rain song if you read Mandarin :D
    嘩啦啦啦啦下雨了 看到大家嘛都在跑
    叭叭叭叭叭計程車 他們的生意是特別好
    嘩啦啦啦啦淋濕了 好多人臉上嘛失去了笑
    無奈何望著天 嘆嘆氣把頭搖
    感覺天色不對 最好把雨傘帶好
    不要等雨來了 見你又躲又跑
    轟隆隆隆隆打雷了 膽小的人都不敢跑
    無奈何望著天 嘆嘆氣把頭搖
    嘆嘆氣把頭搖 嘆嘆氣把頭搖

    A 1000 Reasons
    This shot was taken from my office just before a storm. This is the view of my office in stormy weather :). Sometimes, I still drop my work just to look at the storm. The violence is beautiful to watch. I know it is very destructive in certain parts of the world and felt a little guilt in being fascinated by it. But to be truthful, it captivates me and I always enjoy watching stormy weather. It gives me a sort of inner calm... (sorry if I offend anyone.)

    A 1000 Reasons
    A quick translation :D
    hua la la la la the rain is here
    See everyone running about
    ba ba ba ba ba the taxi
    Their business is exceptionally good
    hua la la la la totally drenched
    Many have lost the smiles on their faces
    Helplessly staring at the sky
    Shaking their head with sighs
    If you feel the weather is not right
    It is better to get the umbrella ready
    Do not wait until the rain is here
    Rushing to run and hide
    hong long long long long the sound of thunder
    The timid dare not even move
    Helplessly staring at the sky
    Shaking their head with sighs
    Helplessly staring at the sky
    Shaking their head with sighs

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    Very dramatic sky, great shot Thou!
    Have a great weekend!

    That's really some picture you took! ....and lovely text to go with it...keep up the good work, friend..

    Andrew 62
    That is a dramatic and beautiful stormy sky ...
    I understand exactly what you mean about loving storms and you've expressed it so well here

    ★-Josh Birchall- added this photo to his favorites.

  2. Beautifully expressed. I love storms and rain too, but would have never been able to put the reasons so succinctly into words. :)


  3. Professional shot ♛
    nice photo!

    Well, you didn't offended me with your affection to storm and violent wind, because I love that too, and looking at storm and rain leaving work happnes with me too!
    And I'm so much captivated with your stormy shot and well-expressive writings! I read them all!

    RYA Photography added this photo to her favorites.
    Wow!! Very dramatic!! Love it!!

    great mood!
    such a dramatic sky!!

    Awesome shot

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great thinking , Thou -san .
    Change is inspiring -- weather is too.

    ★zneppi, the photo freak added this photo to his favorites.
    Wow, dramatic sky.

    ★Geo_grafics added this photo to his favorites.
    What an amazing presentation I think it rained on me a bit ;)

    Luís Henrique Boucault
    Very nice shot! Well done!

    Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages
    Excellent Image You Have Captured. Well done'
    We Like It. Thank You For Sharing Dear Friend.

    Patricia Speck
    You have captured the atmosphere perfectly.
    Excellent shot.

    dramatic atmosphere!
    yes, force of nature enabled all our senses -
    good to be save in a home!
    ★ho.ge added this photo to her favorites.

    Very impressive!
    You're invited to post
    this amazing image in
    Clouds & Sky


  4. TarotWoman 2012
    Love those cranes all lined up. like soldiers of fortune.

    ★oola * added this photo to her favorites.
    oooh... the descriptions you wrote... are VIVID !
    it felt like being in a dance with my eyes closed and the raindrops being magical..
    wonderful wonderful wonderful description...

    ★娜 娜☂Nana_added this photo to her favorites.
    Beautiful light and Dark clouds!! Gorgeous
    嘩啦啦啦啦下雨了 看到大家嘛都在跑
    叭叭叭叭叭計程車 他們的生意是特別好
    嘩啦啦啦啦淋濕了 好多人臉上嘛失去了笑
    無奈何望著天 嘆嘆氣把頭搖
    感覺天色不對 最好把雨傘帶好
    不要等雨來了 見你又躲又跑
    轟隆隆隆隆打雷了 膽小的人都不敢跑
    無奈何望著天 嘆嘆氣把頭搖
    嘆嘆氣把頭搖 嘆嘆氣把頭搖
    好可愛的歌詞,很生動!! :))

    娜 娜☂Nana_
    Great Week ! My friend ...San :)

    dramatic, has impact..... a prelude to perfect storm somewhere.... outstanding image........!

    ★sethph88 and Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to their favorites.

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    That is such a dramatic scene


  5. ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    A powerful and impressive image. And equally powerful and impressive is your written description of the storm ! I have also loved storms since childhood ....and seeing / reading this post makde me feel that for a moment I was a child again ...the sky was becoming ominous with black clouds ...and the "smarter cat with a meow " was heading off to her hiding place ! Very well done ...

  6. To be honest i typed that i enjoy being in storm and your story showed up. I live in Europe, Mediterranean country where there are lots of rainy days and storms. I never take umbrella with me wherever i go. So i usually see people running and hiding from weather but for me i love walking the deserted streets of towns while wind howls and thunders roars above my head. And to be honest i feel happiness and peace and would like to share why it is so. I know we all will die someday, and running from cold, rain, storms, won't change a thing. Would it sound real if i said i never got sick from my walks on that weather. Dunno, for me being in a storm feels like my spirit is growing and beginning to be more free, like it is in the whole sky above me...I'm glad i'm not the only one who feels that way...All the best...


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