When this month's theme of water was picked, I was a little unsure what I would photograph. Then luckily for the last few weeks, Mother Nature decided to bless Southern California with some much needed rain... and a water subject for me.
In San Diego, winter is our rainy season, so it's been a bit odd that most of May we've had rain on the weekends and temperatures have not been above the mid 70s. It's exceptionally odd for those living here a year ago when the humidity was below 20%, and the temperatures were close to the 90s which led to some of the worst wildfires in North County San Diego (9 in one day).
I never really appreciated the rain until I moved to California 11 years ago. As I've probably mentioned before, I was born and raised in Dallas, TX, aka the southern end of Tornado Alley, where every spring and fall we were bombarded with heavy thunderstorms, sometimes with hail, gusty winds, and tornadoes... Thunderstorms used to terrify me as a child, but now that I haven't experienced a real storm in years, I miss them.
For the last four years, California has experienced a major drought. Right now Central California's farmers are taking the worst hit, but the cities aren't too far behind. Any rain we can get, is a relief, and even though this isn't typical May weather, I'm loving every minute of it.
So, please, enjoy my pictures inspired by our water theme challenge, and when your done, go see Okinawa Photographer, Candace Castor Photography's Water Theme blog. See you next time!