Brisbane, QLD

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


At last it is really raining, it has been raining on and off for about three days, not just a half hour storm and then clear up, like the past few efforts. The grass has turned green, the leaves are shiny and clean and my lopped trees are starting to shoot like mad. I wish I had some vegies in the patch. I must make an effort to plant some in between showers.

The temperature drops from the 30'sC/90'sF to 27C/81F but the humidity is extremely high and everything is damp and clammy, especially our skin, but I prefer it to being cold. You can walk in the rain and its warm and you dry off to a clammy state fairly quickly.

The birds love it and they are all chirping and screeching with joy.

The trees get a good wash.

It comes down in sheets at times and the gutters can't cope so it just tumbles out and........

..splashes on the deck railing. This is my world living in the sub-tropics.

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  1. That is real rain, how wonderful. I would be as happy as the birds to see everything fresh and green again. Great capture of the raindrop on the last photo.

  2. Diane, love yr photos. Remind me of life in Malaysia - when it rains , it pours. Love the last photo of the splash!
    Happy New Year.

  3. We got a bit like that on Monday morning and they are promising a bit for Fri/Sat. The Western Plains have had a good soak all week. Not the mad tumble wash-yer-topsoil-away rain that is of no use to man or beast but steady soaking stuff.

    I love your photos. My gutters do that too. Some storms are just not factored in. That's cool. Love the last shot where those massive drops are bouncing off the railing.

    Wuhoo ... who would live anywhere else!!

  4. G'day,
    Yes the splashing droplet is good.
    We've had rain here as well, some places near here had 200mm in 3 day's (Come by chance).
    All the best for 2010.

  5. That's nice for you, you can shower in your garden and safe water, lol !
    very nice pictures !

  6. Now THAT is what I call rain! Brilliant shots Mum! I agree with everyone, the last shot is fantastic! Of course it's raining in London today, but it's the cold (freezing) drizzly windy grey rain that makes you want to stay in bed with a good book, a piping hot cup of tea and listen to the windows rattling in their pane. Where as your rain makes you want to strip off and run around outside to dance in the downpour!

    12 more sleeps until we leave London!

  7. the rain really shows up well in the first shot - but I love the last one with the droplet splashing on the rail!

  8. Wow- you sure do have an eye for photography! That last shot is amazing! you need to enter it into some sort of "greatest photo of all time" contest :-)

    Glad to hear the rain is welcomed - we're been seeing a lot of reports on floods and were hoping you have escaped the damages...

  9. What wonderful rainy photos! I'm always delighted when WE get rain in Southern California ;-)

    I'm sharing a bit of My World this week too.
    Hugs and blessings,

  10. Oh! Joy for you! It is beautiful! It looks like a jungle full of lush and dripping leaves.


  11. Congrats, Diane... After all of your dry days, I'm sure you are THRILLED to get some much-needed rain. Does it cool things off also? When we get summer rains, the humidity gets higher --which is worse than high temperatures.. The humidity is what kills us here... Do you have high humidity down there?


  12. Hi Diane

    That's the type of rain that Young and the surrounding countryside all got from Christmas Eve until midnight on Boxing day. Good steady soaking rain that will make the area really "blossom". The dams will all be full and the farmers will all have received the best Christmas present for years. A good repeat in about 3 to 4 weeks will have them all dancing in the streets, no that's wrong, in the paddocks! Just like the photos that were shown on the news and in the newspapers - farmers and their kids playing in the mud!
    The general talk in Young was - "How many mills or inches did you receive"?
    Great photography as usual - congratulations.


  13. great photos as usual. the tropical wet weather is something to behold. i've never seen rain like that before. it's 39 here today and garden is very dry.

  14. I haven't seen rain like that for a long time.
    Wonderful photos btw - love the palm trees. One of the things I loved about QLD was the palms.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

  15. We have had a lot of rain also the last few days and it has been great I love wet weather as long as I don't have to go out.

  16. Diane this is my kind of weather I Like the tropical humidity at this time of year. The garden is perking up and I am too. Your rainy pictures are great I love them.

  17. Hi Diane! I thought the rain was here... ;)

    Enter 2010 in great shape! Wish you all the best for the New Year!!!

  18. Oh wow, diane. Send a little bit our way. We're in the dry period of summer now (quite normal) but it's so hot and dry. Should rain by the end of January. Diane thanks for always visiting and commenting on my blog. I appreciate it and promise to visit and comment more on yours soon. I'm off to the Sudan to join dh in Khartoum - flying up on 7th January and look forward to being with him again. I will also have HEAPS of time to blog, visit, comment, blog, visit, comment. Get my meaning? (LOL) Have a blessed 2010. Blessings and (((hugs))) Jo

  19. Wow, that is real rain! Wonderful pictures.
    Happy New Year!
    Sunny :)

  20. Thats what I love about rain in Qld ... it's warm so you can go outside and splash about and enjoy it. Here when it rains the temperature plummets and you have to get inside beside the heater. Lovely shots ... captures the torrent beautifully.