After the rain

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

  • I took this picture while getting rained on. The 4€ umbrella that I purchased yesterday failed the moment I opened it. The flimsy spokes that hold the canvas in place buckled in an instant, like a practical joke. I tried to remedy the situation, but then my glove got stuck in the mechanism somehow, and as I tried to free it, a hole appeared that my finger now pokes through.

    I stood there swearing at the umbrella that was now clinging to me, refusing to let go of my glove, biting into it, gnawing as big a hole as it could before it would inevitably lose the battle we were engaged in. I finally broke free then tossed the flimsy and insolent umbrella into a nearby trashcan, where it joined two other fallen comrades.

    On a day as grey as today, I was happy to see colors almost exploding from the brightly lit window of a little ribbon and thread shop. The light from the shop shone out onto the darkened street that was still getting rained on. I stopped, took out my camera, and snapped the picture, striking a defiant blow to all those broken umbrellas that tried to make this day about them, about the rain, the cold, and the grey! “Ha! Give me rain and I will find a rainbow!” I thought to myself as I wiped the raindrops from the screen on my camera. Now today has color.

    If you’re on facebook then please Like 366 Pictures on Facebook. It helps other people find the site which makes all my work more worthwhile!

    Get new posts by email it’s free easy and you won’t get junk mail from me, I promise!