CBBH Photo Challenge: AFTER THE RAIN

All the time I was searching out my choice of photographs for this month’s CBBH Challenge, a song kept running through my head:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

….and the more I thought about it,  the more I realised it’s true – I do love to see raindrops on flowers after the rain.

But extremes of weather often make the TV news,  and the UK in particular has been battered by storms and flooding over the past months, so your interpretation of AFTER THE RAIN might be very different from mine – and that’s where the fun begins.

For the CBBH Photo Challenge during March I want you to post images of your experience, AFTER THE RAIN.

Raindrops on a pepper tree

This is the graceful False Pepper tree (Latin Name: Schinus molle) in my garden, with its clusters of pink peppercorns.   I’ve think I’ve read somewhere that the peppercorns are edible in moderation, but I’ve never been brave enough to try them.

Besides, they look great, just where they are …. especially after the rain, when the raindrops clinging to them are of similar size.

Raindrops on purple flower

I’m a huge fan of the colour purple, so this plant is a favourite, too, but until this morning I didn’t know what it was called.  Thanks to the power of the internet, and my lovely readers, Trish and Maggie I can now tell you that this is Hardenbergia comptoniana, a native of Australia.  This vigorous climbing plant has scrambled along a rocky ledge and entwined itself in one of the almond trees on the bank above the house.  Thanks for putting me out of my misery, ladies 🙂

I love the elegant arching purple flowers, which are even more beautiful after the rain.

Raindrops on lemon

My final photo for this month’s challenge is of the raindrops clinging to one of the fruits on the lemon tree.  I never fail to be delighted at being able to nip outside, at almost any time of year, and pluck a fragrant lemon from the tree.

So now it’s YOUR turn.

Don’t forget that the CBBH Photo Challenge is a little different from some other challenges, in two ways.  First, it’s only once a month – giving you lots of time to consider your entry before the end of the calendar month.  Second, and most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hop, conejo blanco means white rabbit in Spanish), so DON’T FORGET that in your post you need to add links to two blogs that you have visited and commented on during the past month.  That way, when we visit each other, we can HOP OVER to your links, connect with others and share a little blog love around!

Conejo Blanco BLOG HOP Photo Challenge

My Featured Blog Links for this month:

*** Hola Yessica follows the adventures of Jessica who grew up in California, but now lives in beautiful Barcelona.  If you’re looking to discover the very best of what the Catalan capital has to offer, then Jessica’s your girl!  Her new video series, “My Barcelona” includes insights as to why football really is a religious experience in Barcelona and explores the fabulous street art around the city.

*** The best way to appreciate the culture of any area is through its food and its wine.  And nowhere is that truer than in Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen.  Annie shares the delights of living in Vejer de la Frontera in southern Spain, and offers  Spanish recipes and cooking tips.  You’ll love her easy chocolate and almond cake or, if you are looking for a delicious Moroccan dish, then try Annie’s Chickpea, Orange and Mint salad.   Mmmmm …. delicious!

Please HOP over and say HELLO to both of my featured links, and tell them Marianne sent you!

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for March, folks.

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, tag your entry ‘CBBH Photo Challenge’,  link back to this blog and, most importantlydon´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.  Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month’s exciting challenge!

For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.

I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite!  I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

[CBBH logo Image credit: (cc) Mostly Dans]

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48 thoughts on “CBBH Photo Challenge: AFTER THE RAIN

  1. Pingback: CBBH Photo Challenge: FLOWERS | East of Málaga

  2. Enjoyed looking through these pictures!! Really good camera skills! I actually live in Málaga right now taking language classes (http://alhambrainstituto.com/ , it’s a really good school a little outside of Málaga) and I simply loooooove Andalusia so much! Can’t get enough of the countryside and its diversity!
    Can’t wait to see more of your posts 🙂

    • Hi Elena – sorry for the delay in responding but I’ve been in the UK and Iceland. Back home now 🙂

      Hope you’re enjoying your language classes – I know there are some really good ones in and around Malaga. Andalucia is such a great place to stay/live – just make sure you stray from the touristy areas 🙂

  3. Fabulous shots, Marianne! 🙂 Hard to pick a favourite. I had to hunt you out because once again I’d forgotten about Conejo Blanco 😦 -though I did remember to say it! Our bit of the world has got off very lightly so I doubt I have anything to share that hasn’t been seen before. (I know- there’s all of March to survive yet!)
    You’re off travelling soon so I hope you bring some of that nice weather with you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you for the Northern Lights. Should be spectacular 🙂

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  5. The wind is so strong it is drying the raindrops as they fall! Now, if you put out a challenge of ‘after the wind’ I’m sure I could oblige. Love your photos.

  6. On this side of the world(New Jersey), it would be very difficult to take any “after the rain” pictures. We are expecting more snow tomorrow night – our 18th snowstorm.
    But your images are gorgeous and I am looking forward to seeing other entries to the challenge. 🙂

    • Awwwww … thank you Pat. You know, it’s comments like this that make it ALL worthwhile.

      You have no idea how much your comment means to me at the moment. Thank you so much. xx

  7. HARDENBERGIA comptonianasa – have just purchased one. Hoping for third time lucky, as last two have been failures in my windy garden. But it is such a lovely showy plant that it deserves one last chance.

  8. The purple flower is Hardenbergia. In Australia we call it Native Wisteria. It’s the climber that’s growing up to meet the fungus on the tree in my last post, the tree in the Botanic Gardens. It’s a good plant, not an invader, even though it grows quickly and covers ugly fences with beautiful purple flowers in spring. They’re nice in a vase with other flowers.
    Love all these photos of raindrops. Great camera work.

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