Raindrops...A Few of my Favorite Things

I love taking photos of raindrops. While some people take cover when it rains, I do exactly the opposite...I go out! I go raindrop hunting. Of course I make sure that my camera is protected when I take my pictures. A raincoat and plastic bags are always part of my gear.

When I took this photo, I thought I was just taking a photo of the sparkle created by the sun as it hit the edge of the drop. However, when I uploaded the photo to my computer, I noticed that it also carried my image as I was taking the picture. Imag
When I took this photo, I thought I was just taking a photo of the sparkle created by the sun as it hit the edge of the drop. However, when I uploaded the photo to my computer, I noticed that it also carried my image as I was taking the picture. Imag

What about Raindrops?

What about raindrops attract me to them? Well, for one, my passion is really macro photography. So I always focus on the tiniest things, things that we hardly pay any attention to. Discovering something new about an ordinary thing gives me a kind of high. Then presenting this something new in my photos makes my day. I always love it when somebody tells me “why didn’t I see that before?”

The second reason why I am attracted to raindrops is they are so refreshing. They remind me of what is pure and clean in this world. They make me feel one with nature and one with God and that makes my heart sing. Call it corny or cheesy or whatever, but that is how I feel.

Raindrops are like Jewels

Take a look at this photo. Doesn’t it remind you of a necklace?
Take a look at this photo. Doesn’t it remind you of a necklace?
What about this photo, wouldn’t you want this raindrop on your ring?
What about this photo, wouldn’t you want this raindrop on your ring?
Or this blue, pearl-like drop
Or this blue, pearl-like drop

Inspire Me

This photo really made me wish I could write a poem
This photo really made me wish I could write a poem
When I saw the raindrops on this plant, I knew I had to take a photo. The plant looked so sad. It tugged at my heartstrings.
When I saw the raindrops on this plant, I knew I had to take a photo. The plant looked so sad. It tugged at my heartstrings.

Raindrops Songs and Poem

Raindrops make me want to write a poem or break into a song. However, I am neither poet nor singer so I’ll just quote some songs and poem here.

My favourite is of course Julie Andrew’s song, “My Favorite Things” which I used as my title for this hub. The line goes... “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...these are a few of my favourite things...”

There is also the song – “Raindrops keep falling on my head...”, the theme song from the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Many raindrop songs are sad. But I guess people usually don’t want others to know their sadness, so they do their crying in the rain as how the Everly Brothers sang...

“I'll never let you see
The way this broken heart is hurting me
I've got my pride
And I know how to hide
All the sorrow and pain
I'll do my crying in the rain...
...Raindrops falling from Heaven
Could never wash away my misery...”

Tasting The Raindrops

Anonymous

I tasted the raindrops like I never had before
It was worth every second of bliss
Every time I think of that moment
I think of my raindrop kiss


The Many Faces of Raindrops

Can we count the ways by which we see raindrops? I can’t. So I keep taking their photo.

The freshness they bring and the images they reflect can serve as mirrors of our world. Their vulnerability even to a gentle shake also reminds me of my own vulnerability. But they never cease to inspire and to remind me of my role in this world.


Mirrors of beauty around us
Mirrors of beauty around us
How long can it hang on?
How long can it hang on?
At the edge of its world
At the edge of its world

By the way, I also wrote about raindrops in my happiness blog.

http://whatilikeabout-anything.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-i-like-about-raindrops.html





Raindrops on Roses...My Favorite Things

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

As usual, your photographs are absolutely beautiful! I love the rain - it seems to make everything brand new.


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Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

jill - I hope someday you publish a book with your photos and interpretations! They are truly a blessing!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi KatieE39,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a heartwarming comment.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Catlyn,

You know, that is my dream, to publish a book of photos. However, publishing is so costly here in my country. I still haven't given up hope though.

Thank you very much for your inspiring comment.


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Tiny mirrors - infinite Lord

Hold me captive as I gaze inside of myself

Heavenly raindrops help me see

Pristine life reflections of Thee.

OMG Jill, your pictures inspire me. You have such an eye for beauty and capture it in a way that somehow seems to open a window to heaven. God has blessed you with such a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing it.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Wow Coffeesnob, I wish I can write a poem as you did. Beautiful!

Maybe we should team up - you write the poem, I make the photos.

As always, your comment inspires me.


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Jill, we think alike!


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Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

jill o a, beautiful photos! Just lovely. They're so refreshing to look at. And, I love the reflections within them. They're the perfect microcosm of everything.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Coffeesnob,

Hmmm...this is interesting and worth looking into.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Laura,

Thank you very much! I'm happy you like them.


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Jill - A lovely hub, and your photos are exquisite. What a gift you have been blessed with. I especially like the photo Mirrors of Beauth Around Us....stunning. I love summer showers, and running in the rain with my granddaughter, laughing and giggling. Once when we came in she had one single drop lingering on her eyelash. I thought of photographing it, but it fell off the second she blinked!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DoodleLyn,

It's nice of you to drop by. Thank you ever so much for your inspiring comment.

Wow, if you got a photo of that single drop on your granddaughter's eyelash, that would been beautiful. I wonder if it can be replicated?

I used to play in the rain with some childhood friends. Those were fun times!


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

I love macro photography as well, but I tend to focus my lens on bugs. Your raindrops are gorgeous though, maybe I should reconsider what I shoot.


angcorics 7 years ago

Truly a work of art. Lovely in every way. Need I say more. Wish I could do the same. Keep up the great shots.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Ashley Joy,

That's great! Now I know somebody here who also likes macro photography. Don't reconsider what you shoot, just add to it. I also have bug photos as well as other things (check out my hub on mundane things) but my favorites are still raindrops and flowers.

Thank you very much for your kind comment. Do you have bugs shots here in hubpages?


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello angcorics,

Nice of you to drop by again! Thank you very much for your inspiring comment.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

The photos are awesome to look at. I will tell you another thing I learned from my friend's mother. She told me after the rains, the plants looks very greenish and more colorful, they look so happy after the rains.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi cgull8m,

Thank you very much. Your comment makes me happy.

Yes, I observe that too. The plants really look happy, perky even, after the rains. Just after the rain or just when the rain is stopping is actually my favorite time to take photos. Everything is so fresh and alive then.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

I took some pictures before the rain and after the rain here, it was terrific. There were flowers nearby even they looked good.

http://bit.ly/10D8IR


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi cgull8m,

I saw your pictures. There is indeed a difference before and after the rain. That's great!


balang 7 years ago

Hello, You got the talent.The photos are beautiful. It relaxes me a lot. Thanks for sharing its beauty in your own simple way.


mrslisae 7 years ago

Gorgeous! I'm right out there snapping in the rain with you. Raindrops are like jewels, that's a lovely statement. Stunning photographs and the whole thing is just lovely, what more can I say?


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello balang,

Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm happy that my photos have a relaxing effect on you.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi mrslisae,

Your comment warms my heart. You just inspired me to do even better.

Thank you very much!


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Beautiful hub and some lovely pics of raindrops. Keep up the good work.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi jayb23,

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment.

All the best!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Fabulous - you've given us a peek into a magical world here! I love the rain too - but these pictures are so much more - each one seems to tell a story!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Shalini,

Thank you very much. Coming from you, that's really so heartwarming.


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Nolimits Nana 7 years ago from British Columbia

Your photos are poems in themselves.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Nolimits Nana,

What a wonderful thing to say. Thank you very much!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

The title of your hub made me want to stop by and I'm sure happy I did.

These raindrop pictures reminded me just how abundant the universe is: how many leaves are there on a tree? How many ants in a colony? How many raindrops in a shower?

I'm inspired :) Thank you!


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is so fresh and the photos very inspiring. Beautiful!


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Bredavies 7 years ago

Nature as art. I love this!


Darlene 7 years ago

Your raindrop photo's are breathtaking!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Dottie1,

I'm very happy that you stopped by.

Yes, nature has really so much treasure! We only need to discover them.

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment.

Hi Jodi,

I'm inspired too, by your comment!

Hello Bredavies,

Thank you very much. You are right, we only have to look at nature to discover art.

Hi Darlene,

Thank you very much! What a beautiful thing to say!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

You are a fine photographer. I enjoyed each one of your gorgeous pics. Thanks for the pleasure cruise.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

Those are some absolutely gorgeous photos you took. Thank you so much for sharing them!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello James,

Thanks very much for visiting. You always say the nicest things!

Hi Christa,

Your comment warms my heart! Thank you!


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Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

Great photos - I also like Julie Andrews song Raindrops - after all of these years I still know all the words.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Patti Ann,

Thank you for the visit and inspiring comment.

That's great! Yes, that song never fails to give me a lift.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful eye you have for photography. The images are absolutely stunning! These images would make a terrific coffee table book.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Peggy,

What a beautiful and inspiring comment! Thank you very much.

That is really my dream, to have a coffee table book of my photos. However, publication (especially with colored photos) is very prohibitive here in our country. I still have not stopped dreaming though.

Once again, thank you very much!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Jill, do you know before I became ripplemaker, I used to go with the name of raindrop LOL There is something refreshing about the water and rain huh? I love your photos! :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi ripplemaker,

Really, that's great! However, I think your new name 'ripplemaker' really fits you because of what you share with people.

Yup, raindrops are really so refreshing. I love them (not the acid rain kind though!).

Thank you for your heartwarming comment.


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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

A wonderful hub! I love the rain too! Your photos are AWESOME!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Beth,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment!

Rain is really wonderful!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

I made a few changes to this hub. Please check it out.


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talitz2550 6 years ago from Thailand

This is indeed an awesome set Baby... I am also fascinated with drop photography. :D Keep it up !!!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi talitz - nice to see you here!

That's great! Then we should compare notes about drops. Right now I'm learning to capture drops as they fall. I'm not good at it yet, but I'm getting there. One of these days, I'll make another hub about drops.

Share more of your photos. I'd love to see them.

See you around!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

As I am reading this it is storming outside :) and all I can do is sing. .raindrops on roses....... what a beautiful Hub. Raindrop kisses. . I LOVE IT! Everything from the pictures to the memories you conjured up in my head. . 5 stars all the way!!!!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Storming? Here is scorching hot now!

Anyway, thank you very much for visiting and leaving a cool comment!

You make me happy with your beautiful words wavegirl! Great to see you here!


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Stockers5 6 years ago from England, Cumbria, Eden Valley.

These are awesome, I should really focus on doing more close up shots, espically liked "Mirrors of beauty around us."


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Stockers5 - Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful comment!

Yes, close up and macro shots are really fun to do.

Hope to see your photos soon!

See you around.


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Ritu Khabia 6 years ago from India

Superb Pics Jill...I too am an avid photographer n your hub definitely gave me a good idea to keep me busy clicking for next many days. :-)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Ritu Khabia - Thank you very much! I'm happy if my hub keeps you shooting more! That's great!

Do you have photos in your hubs too? I'm going over there after I post this.


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

It's June and the rains have started to come. What a rainy hub, going along with my outside world! I love the photos, I can feel the glowing freshness. This is awesome!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Lita,

It's good to see you again!

Yes, it's starting to rain again. Now I can take more raindrops photos.

Thanks very much for your wonderful comment!

God bless!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I saw a comment in this in the "feeds" and didn't realize you wrote this nearly a year ago. Your photographs are magnificent! I was just floored by the photo with the reflections in the raindrops. These are so beautiful, and thanks for sharing them--even if I did get here almost a year later than everyone else.

Mike


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Mike,

It's really great to see you here!

Yes, raindrops are one of my favorite things to focus on. The others are flowers and other small things that people don't normally pay attention to.

Thank you very much for your lovely comment! You just made my day!

I don't think it matters if your visit is a year after or immediately after. In fact I think it's actually better that someone notices a year after. So I am really grateful that you found this and took time to visit and leave a comment.

God bless you my friend!


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Lamme 6 years ago

Your pictures are truly amazing. You are an excellent artist!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Lamme,

What a beautiful thing to say. You are making me blush.

Thank you very much for your kind words! You really started my day brightly.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

absolutely gorgeous photos! I loved them all. You really know how to capture precious moments :)

thanks for your amazing talents, keep on with your fabulous work.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello yellowstar,

You really make me happy with your visits. You say the nicest things. Things that warm my heart.

I am happy if you enjoyed this hub. I love sharing what I see with my camera.

Thank you very much for your appreciation of my work.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

How beautiful! I love raindrops and you have captured hte beauty magnificently my friend. Wow!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello DustinsMom,

It's great to see you here! Thank you very much for your kind words. You make me very happy!

See you around!

God bless!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Jill-WOW-I am in awe of your photography gift. These pictures have me so happy and relaxed. I love the rain and actually wrote a poem on hubpages about it. To me, rain is a happy thing not sad or depressing. I was so taken by the reflection of you in the rain-drop. I never would have looked had you not mentioned it. I am really glad you share your gift of photography with us. Thx


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Minnetonka Twin,

Thank you very much! You have made me very happy with your beautiful words!

I will look for your poem on the rain. Maybe we can link up?

Thanks very much for dropping by! See you around!

God bless!


Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

Hi jill of alltrades. Great hub. I love the pics.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Jessie,

Thanks very much for your visit and lovely comment!

God bless!


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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

A lovely hub with beautiful raindrop images.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Pixel-Alchemist,

Thanks very much! Your comment is really most appreciated especially since you are a pro photographer.

God bless!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

The photos are absolutely stunning Jill, nice hub.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Carrie,

What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you very much!

God bless!


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MatthewDavenport 5 years ago from Warsaw, MO

amazing macro work. I love it!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Matthew,

Thanks very much for your beautiful words!

God bless!


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myvelvetworld 5 years ago

Wow! you have amazing photos. This really inspire me.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello myvelvetworld,

Wow, your words are so inspiring! Thank you very much!

God bless!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I will be looking at raindrops from a whole new perspective! Awesome!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Stephanie,

It so nice to see you here!

Thank you very much for your visit and inspiring comment! I'm happy if I succeeded in making you take another look at raindrops!

God bless!


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rosariosblog 4 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

I like your macro photography and so voted up. I also have been discovering the power of macro lenses and would be taking photos of raindrops on roses when I have the chance. By the way, the video you posted here has been removed by the owner... and I really love that song too by Julie Andrews -- My Favorite Things


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Rosario,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!

Oh, I just love macro photography! The possibilities of creating photos are endless and limitless! I have hundreds of raindrops photos but I still can't stop taking more! Go for it!

Oh, I didn't know that! I really love that song. I will check if I can find another version and replace it soon.

Thanks again!

God bless!


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trusouldj 2 years ago from Indiana

nice.


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jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello trusouldj,

Thank you very much! I'm happy that you like this!

See you around!

God bless!

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