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Photos from a Rainy Day

Rain in GhentStill damp from wandering through the wetlands of Europe, I bring you these travel photos so  you can share in my squelchiness appreciate their beauty. From a photography point of view, of course, shooting in the rain should conjure up heartfelt joy at the chance to play around with different forms of light and to revel in the way that the scenery, both geographical and social, changes as the subjects adapt to their environments. In other words, how people put up umbrellas, walk faster, grimace more and try not to stare at the lunatic in the street who’s just standing there and taking photos. The fool.

This lunatic, however, despite an upbringing in one of the soggiest places on the globe, isn’t quite convinced about the wonderfulness of rain. On a biological, circle of life thing, sure. On a keeping gardens green and lush, well if you must. And on a feeling rain-soaked denim cling to your thighs like a hungry leech to a pustulent wound…well, I rather lose enthusiasm.

Anyway, somewhere between the squelchy feet and droplet-splattered lens I managed to find a few photos to fall in love with. Europe. You may be wet and wild in winter. But you’re still rather something…

Verona in the rain travel photo


PS – Wondering where the wetlands of Europe are? They’re everywhere! Everywhere that isn’t cold enough to turn it into snazzily sexy snow, that is. But if you’re into the details of where I hung my hat to dry, here’s the list: Paris, Ghent, Bruges, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Lyon, Basel (snow! bliss!), Munich, Salzburg, Verona and Milan. Rain in each and every one. Photos taken in each and every one. But sadly, some cities wet just seemed to look like a bit of a damp squib. I don’t want to embarrass them here, so I’ll save their reputations by showing you their photos later, during a drier, more decent occasion.

Disclosure: this waterlogged wonder came as I worked on my EuHighLow project as part of an InterRail Assignment.


What do you do when it rains? Stand there snapping or run for cover?!

20 Responses to Photos from a Rainy Day

  1. Hogga December 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures…they could be postcards

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:34 am #

      Thank you (although postcards usually have blue skies…)

  2. Gayla December 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Gent is beautiful, rain or shine, and some places are even prettier when they glisten. Now that we live in the Netherlands, we’re learning that life doesn’t stop when it rains, so we keep traveling and growing our collection of umbrellas – we seem to buy a new one when stuck somewhere in the rain :-)
    Hope you enjoyed your time in soggy Gent!

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:35 am #

      Yes – I think I was spoilt by southern Spain! Life goes on in the rain or else it doesn’t go on at all in much of Europe. Gent was beautiful – a lovely surprise.

  3. Alvina December 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    There are some places which just would not be so beautiful if it were not for the rain! My home, Cumbria, being one of them. I have just done a search for ‘rain’ through my blog posts and they are too numerous to count.

    As they say ‘up north’ ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’. –

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:36 am #

      Love that phrase! And yes, it’s hard to imagine Cumbria without the rain. Or Ireland. Or Wales. Or…;-)

  4. Andy Tope December 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Nice post.

    And I have to agree about some places being not as beautiful without the rain Alvina. I live in Byron Bay, Australia, way down at the other end of the earth, and one of the reasons it’s so beautiful is that it rains here a lot.

    I like a balance (who doesn’t?).

    Looking forward to visiting the wetlands of Europe soon.

    Here’s to getting your thighs saturated.

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:37 am #

      Are you busting the myth that it isn’t always sunny in Australia?!! That’s like pointing out it sometimes rains in Spain. People will never believe you!

  5. Sofie December 20, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Love the first picture! Is that Ghent?
    It’s raining here (Belgium) at the moment, by the way…

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:38 am #

      Yep, that’s a tourist hotspot in Ghent. The elements obviously scared all the crowds away so I had the luxury of having it all to myself. Now that a little time has past I’m starting to forget how cold and eye-stingingly wild it was and can just enjoy the picture ;-)

  6. Susan Collier January 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Fabulous….what is even more sensational is you were there taking the pix. Thanks for sharing!

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:38 am #

      You’re welcome!

  7. Sean January 9, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Really wonderful pictures! Captures the beauty of a wonderful city. I really love the Way you captured the essence of the moment. the first picture where you can see the raindrops and the empty street is great! I’m always a fan of a walk in the rain, so I hope yours was an enjoyable as it was productive!

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      A little too cold and wild on this occasion…(hence the raindrops on the lens. I’d like to claim artistic credit but really I just couldn’t get a photo withOUT rain drops in the frame.) Just after the rain was stunning though. Glittering as someone pointed out above – and deserted which always feels a bit special. Thanks for your kind words.

  8. Abby January 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I suddenly feel like I haven’t seen rain in ages! Looks cozy…

    • Abi January 11, 2013 at 12:40 am #

      I think that is called “gloating”…

  9. Sirish Shrestha January 11, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Nice pictures. This place looks cool.

    • Abi January 14, 2013 at 3:43 am #

      Thanks – they both are ;-)

  10. Hannah July 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    They are gorgeous! I always love the rain. they make me wanna run outside and dance. But oh my I’m stuck at work! Abi, they’re beautiful pictures :)

    • Abi King July 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Brrrrrr! Far, far too cold to run in the rain in Belgium…even in summer ;-) I much prefer being tucked up inside, hearing the rain hammer down on a glass window overhead while I warm up by an open fire with a glass of wine…Ah…

      Thanks for your kind words