A light, steady rain has been soaking Central Illinois for most of the afternoon today, casting a gray pall over our town. This round of precipitation that is escorting winter away has saturated the thawing ground, creating puddles and mud throughout our home landscape.
It is the type of day where curling up with a good book may seem more appealing than traipsing around in the garden, but my curiosity surrounding the minute, daily changes in our landscape propelled me outside with my camera in hand. I don't often get weekday opportunities to spend time in our landscape, and I'm motivated this year to document our garden in words and images. Avoiding rain drops can be a challenge, when one smudge on a camera lens can ruin an entire session. But rain is an integral part of a garden's life, forming a triumvirate of life support with the sun and soil, and bringing a unique beauty to the landscape.
Between the water droplets suspended from twigs and branches to new shoots emerging from the saturated soil, there was plenty of beauty in today's garden, as long as you were willing to dodge a few rain drops.