Seeing the World in Raindrops and Oceans

April 26th, 2010

If April showers bring May flowers, then we’re going to have a beautiful month coming up.  It has been non-stop rain the past few days.  We sure needed it, but goodness it has just been a bit much.   On the plus side, the garden is really looking great.  On the minus side, the bees haven’t been able to forage for several days and will be going through stored honey like crazy.  I’ll feed them to make sure they have enough, but it’s a tough start for them.  

Everything is dripping from the rain… 

As I bent low to look at raindrops on the tiny seed heads of grass in the yard, I wondered what I might see?

I leaned in closer to look at a drop of rainwater hanging from the top of a seed head of bluegrass…

 In that tiny drop of water I found the reflections of an ash tree, a cherry tree, some pine trees and a fence post on the hillside…

I wonder about the things I miss in this world simply because I do not see them?

I wandered around a bit more, and found the last flowers of the redbud trees gathered on the ground where they fell…

But a few days ago the dogwood trees were blooming still.

A field of dandelion is going to seed, but that’s okay.  The bees just love dandelions.

And so do curious boys…  did you know you can put a dandelion seed head underwater? I didn’t… it traps air bubbles inside.

There is so much to see and do in spring. We have a few sunny days coming up thankfully, and then more rain… the nature of things.

I’m just amazed at how fast the leaves have changed the landscape this spring. 


For a different perspective, we continue to read of Jessica Watson’s journey around the world.  She’s battled quite a few storms recently and huge seas, with her 34 foot sailboat even being knocked down again yesterday while she was catching some sleep.  After spending around seven months at sea, she’s now south of Australia and only has to make her way around Tasmania and up to Sydney to complete her non-stop solo journey within a matter of weeks.  If you’ve read her posts, she has shared much of her challenges and emotions.  It’s difficult to imagine really.

Jessica will become the youngest person in history to sail non-stop around the world.   Really I don’t care how old you are, just the journey is amazing in itself.   You may have read the news that another young sailor, Abbey Sunderland, has struggled on her journey half-way around the world in a 40 foot sailboat, and will not be able to complete a non-stop circumnavigation due to a faulty mechanical auto-pilot system.  She is a bit younger than Jessica, and was bidding for the record. 

With unnecessary dismay, Abbey writes that even though she must stop for repairs, she will continue her journey around the world, perhaps stopping again. It’s hard to imagine sailing around the world at all, let alone worry about whether it’s non-stop or not!   Her older brother Zac made a similar journey at age 17, completing a solo circumnavigation in 2009 in 13 months.  He had to stop for repairs also, finsihing with 13 stops around the world.     

But hey, there’s still hope for the rest of us.  All you need to do is read about Minoru Saito, the 75 year-old Japanese yachtsman who has sailed around the world seven times.  He even completed a non-stop solo circumnavigation at age 71.   Right now he is more than half way around the world… sailing a reverse course against the wind for an 8th circumnavigation attempt which he hopes to finish at age 76.  

From a tiny drop of rain, to a macro view of sailing around the world. It’s amazing how we can shift our focus and our thoughts among things that challenge the imagination at different levels.   Not that those are things we should try, but simply that I think of how we limit ourselves so often, both in perspective and for the things we take for granted each day.  Our lives are so much more… and I think one of the most important lessons I see these adventurers sharing is that we really can do just about anything we put our hearts and minds toward. Have a great week…

8 Responses to “Seeing the World in Raindrops and Oceans”

  1. this is just the message i needed to hear (or read). thanks.

  2. Ed

    Excellent pictures as always. I’m going to have to drown a few dandelion heads tonight with my daughter, that is if I can find some with seeds still intact after all this rain.

    Good news is that I got my mushroom fix. More on that on my Wednesday blog post.

  3. R. Sherman

    Great macro photos. What did we do before digital?

    As for the young sailors, I’ve mixed emotions about these non-stop, record seeking trips. Part of me wonders what the allure of record breaking is in this context. Would it not be better to stop and “smell the roses” along the way, learning from the people you meet around the world?

    I need to think about that some more.


  4. I am going to test my dandelions tonight…

  5. Beautiful photos–I just read a book about a family not far from here that sailed around the world–I met the father a few weeks ago at the writing conference (I’ll review the book)

  6. Chook- My chickens are giving me messages daily now… “We need a bigger coop!”
    Ed- Good for you on the morels! I hope you find some dandelions :)
    Randall- I understand those mixed emotions. I just enjoy celebrating the path, and achievements, they have chosen/accomplished at this moment. Your comment about exploring the world and meeting people along the way would be more appropriate for me…
    Warren- Good! Hope you found some too..
    Sage- Thanks; That’s awesome that you met the father, and I look forward to your review!

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  8. I enjoyed this post! I don’t have any great thoughts to add myself but I did enjoy it and agree very much.

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