Saturday 23rd October 2021

Rain Welcomed Here. #SundayStills.#10. 29/2021.

Rain Welcomed Here. #SundayStills #10. 29/2021.

Each week I am writing and posting here for inclusion in the #SundayStills from this blogger and kind person, Terri from here. I now post on a Sunday!

Living in Australia all my life, I can say with conviction that we always seem to say we need the rain.

We are a large, and often drought-affected country. In the past few years, the unrelenting heat meant that we had not only drought-conditions but it placed much of the country at risk of bush fires in 2019 leading into 2020. They did unfathomable damage…but, even after the rains came, the rain did too!

We are a country like this….as famous poet Dorothea McKellar wrote:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

About the Rains Around Here. Always Welcomed*.

Each new house built for the past few years is required to have an outside water tank. We also have water supplied via the council from dams beyond the mountains. We have, in some cities, recycled water as options for using in toilet and on gardens (we had this in our Sydney home) so we don’t tend to take water for granted.

*I admit though, we are not too affected by flash flooding here but we have lived in streets where there is no kerb and guttering and it makes life challenging to leave in a vehicle. Where we live now it’s OK as we have some better drained roads and land for housing.

I do LOVE it when I can get out safely in the rain, after the rain or before the rain, to get some pics. These are a few from the past year. I live around 20 minutes from most of these places. Very happy to do so.

I feel energised by the rain and wind at the ocean


Not quite raining…yet.


A gathering of all the feathered friends.


A Sydney pool getting swamped in the rain


Dots of rain….


Driving away from this, I had to stop to capture it. Rain on its way!


Then this

I held the iphone out of the window to capture this! Got wet too.

I admit a rainy day or two is OK but I tend to want some more outdoor suitable weather to arrive. This does not always happen so I do get out for a bit in my car.

Do you like the rain?




  1. Fabulous shots for this week’s Sunday Stills Denyse! You are really getting the hang of this challenge and I love seeing your posts 🙂
    I’ve just managed to do mine tonight as we’ve had a few wet days up here and I had it in mind to use the shots for this week’s prompt, funny how you get your mind thinking all the time isn’t it?

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Deb! Yes, loving it but a bit impatient for the prompts but they’re good. I know they are Northern Hemisphere focussed but then we Aussies like a greater challenge don’t we?

      I have so many photos in my phone etc that I can usually find ones that match the prompt.

      The one for B&W I actually did go out today deliberately to take pics on my iPhone which I converted to B&W but I looked for angles, shapes and textures on my walk in Wyong to get them.

      See you tomorrow at Life This Week I hope
      And safe travels home


  2. Hi Denyse, always great to see your interpretations of the themes for Sunday Stills! Your images deftly depict Australia’s changing weather patterns. That poor public pool drowning in the ocean was incredible! I’m glad we moved away from fire country in Northern California. I noticed your comment back to Debbie, and just making sure you know the themes can be found on my Sunday Stills page (in the menu), as I post each month in advance. Have a great week!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Terri. I love the way the prompts encourage me to ‘think’….and yes, I have the list! Appreciate that indeed. I have found myself looking for Spring Green today (as a colour) even though we are in Autumn. I can image in the country where you are now the seasons’ changing must have some spectacular contrasts. We do not as much here…although as I quoted from the poem “droughts and flooding rains!”


  3. I love a rainy day and as you said, they’re always welcome around here. I love to work while the rain is coming down outside. And I love to rest, watch a movie or read a book. It’s always a coin toss when it’s raining whether I’ll be all systems go or system shut down. Haha.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Yay for you returning to comment and linking up as I see. Thanks so much Melissa.

      I travelled to the Sunshine Coast in early 2012 and I even visited to Gympie to meet a friend and saw the town that I had seen via TV coverage of some pretty extraordinary rain which caused floods.

      I liked the cosiness of a rainy day when I didn’t have to go out but getting out and about is a real nuisance when it’s raining.


  4. I am not a fan of rain, unless I’m inside where it’s warm and I’m reading a book and drinking some coffee…lol.

    Love your photos…there’s something cool about a stormy sky. Yesterday we drove to the Oregon coast for the day and experienced some nasty weather but by the time we got there, it cleared up…still some storm clouds lingered. So pretty.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks kirstin, I get that…However some days I just need to get out and I do!

      We are having a series of stormy clouds in the sky right now so it means its very humid outside too.

      Your trip sounds lovely.


  5. Hi Denyse, I like the effects of the rain. Having lived in Portland, OR and visited Seattle and points north often, I don’t like being out in the rain. Your pictures are lovely, though. The black sky looks foreboding. 🙂

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Marsha, from what I know (mostly via tv) those areas get a lot of rain. I do not like getting wet…especially my feet!

      I am glad you enjoyed my snaps!