Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rain Catcher


You know, cell phone cameras are just too much fun these days. I find that it isn't always something I reserve for 'in a pinch' when I don't have any other camera around. No siree. They can make a mundane image look so much more interesting! Particularly if you use one of the free ap downloads-such as this one which is called 'retro camera'. There are about 5 different retro cameras in this on camera ap (short for application).

These are my rain catchers and they capture rain as it comes off of our roof (we have a flat roof). It hardly rains here in NM where we are, so it isn't often that they have water spilling down.

I do miss having rain-I cannot remember when it last rained here. I mean, really rained. We've had some moments where the sky was just 'spitting', but not anything measurable. I love the smell of rain and how it cleans the air.

Back in the '70's when I was in high school (now I'm really dating myself), my girlfriend and I went to see Jose Feliciano in a live concert (this was in Honolulu). One man. One guitar. He captivated us for the entire two hours that he was on stage. So much talent. So much energy. So much presence. And, being the teenage girls that we were, we immediately had a crush on him. We also loved James Taylor, but I don't think he came out to Hawaii to perform. At least, not back then.


Honu means 'sea turtle' in the Hawaiian language. I have a sticker on the back window of my car of a petroglyph honu. Stickers on glass windows make for really nice shadows-so sharp and clear! I love my honu sticker.

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)

Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2010 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account. Click here to view them.


sarayutouched said...

great post today. love both of your shadows. cool camera ap. have a great weekend!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

I've got to download this ap - you always take such fun pics with it! Love rain catchers - I don't have one, but I think they are a fun accent on homes...right now, ours would be overflowing!! HAve a super week Paula!

Beth said...

I love the rain catchers especially...sorry you don't get enough rain to fully enjoy them! They made a beautiful shadow shot though:D
Thanks for sharing,
Beth P

EG Wow said...

Rain catchers are new to me! Is it a desert thing? I use rain barrels for my gardens, but their shadows would not be anywhere near as nice. :)

Ralph said...

We in New England get the rain you are denied in NM. The arid southwest is comfortable less the humidity we obtain from the Atlantic. So, water must be retained from the sky above from whenever it occurs. The shadows that result from the catcher are as cool as I hope the collected water is...

Ms. Becky said...

this is wonderful! there is something so atmospheric about cell phone photos, I'm enthralled. wish I had one. I love the mood they create. and I love your shadows. thanks for Jose's tune too - it brings back some glorious memories!!! have great weekend.

Kay L. Davies said...

Jose Feliciano — one of the all-time greats. You'll always be glad you saw and heard him.
Love the photo of your rain-catcher. Great shadows, Paula!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Catherine said...

I love that shot - must get into these retro aps (but don't have a phone!!)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Do you suppose your rain catcher would work as a dream catcher as well?


A shadow’s a wonderful thing;
O listen! Can you hear it sing?
It tells of a time
Before there was crime—
Trust that and you’ll trust anything!

© 2010 Magical Mystical Teacher

Tree Healer

Cassie said...

I did not know this song by Jose F. Very pretty. Both of your ShadowShots are terrific. Your unused rain catcher would get plenty of use here in seems to rain at least once a week in Spring.

Spadoman said...

Oh Dear Paula... If you would have been visiting me, you could have all the rain you'd need to hold your cravingsm for at least ten years! I think the sun is streaming out this morning, but still rain in the forecast, or at least the chance of it.
Cold too. We actually used the furnace last night. It was 59 degrees in the house. Very slow Spring arrival this year.
I remember a rain/hail storm in Silver City some years ago. Seems it rains often from 4th of July to Labor day, then fry the rest of the year.
Love the shadows in both shots. Nice Honu.


HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I'll have to check out this 'retro camera ap'. Well done.

Mission Bells in Shadow

Have a great week.

chubskulit said...


Shadows at my page, have a blessed Sunday!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Lovely rain catcher, video and turtle! And I really love that ap!!


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