If you go out-of-doors in
Florida, you will eventually be rained upon. You
might as well relax and enjoy it.
One day I got caught in a heavy downpour
in a quiet spot on Crane Creek. I just sat there in my
kayak holding an umbrella over my head, drinking coffee,
and listening to my mp3 player and the rain on the water.
It was fantastic!
There was no thunder or lightning,
no driving wind, and the morning was warm enough that the
rain didn't feel cold. Just big, fat drops of rain falling
straight down and washing all over me and everything else.
When the rain stopped the
world was sparkling clean. The air smelled fresh and sweet.
Leaves were bright green and sprinkled with diamonds. Tree
trunks and branches were dark with moisture. The water was
still again, except for drips of water falling from the trees.
you find yourself in that position, turn off your music
for a bit and listen to the rain bubbles. When
big drops of rain fall into water, they make a "plink" or "plunk" sound
as they hit. (The size of the raindrop will make a difference
in tone.) When the drop strikes the water, it creates a
little air bubble that then rises back to the surface with
a soft "pop". Now think of many drops hitting
the water and plinking and popping all at the same time
- it sounds very musical!
The visual effect of the raindrops,
bubbles and ripples is nice, too. It makes me think of the
old Disney movie "Fantasia", with little fairy
creatures dancing on the surface of the water.