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Unexpected Rain Essay

I found a surprising theme as I whittled down the edit to a few hundred photos, then to a few dozen, and finally to the 25 we have now. I expected rays of sunshine, bright colors, and puddle stomping. But the images that seemed to speak the loudest had something unexpected in common: They were so quiet.

After the rain, as people and animals gently step back out into the world, is an amazing time for quiet beauty. There are certainly exceptions in this story, but the overwhelming nature of these photos changed the way I thought about this theme. The winds die down, the song of raindrops fades away, and we are left in a world that seems calmer than before.

To the thousands of you who shared so many powerful scenes from our world after the rain, thank you. There were also some rule breakers out there, like Marc Jones’s photo that broke the rules in a beautiful way. For other photos, I could not confirm the time they were taken, the level of rain, or how long ago the storm had ended, but if the mood felt right, that was fine by me.

Rainy Days Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rainy days quotes, rainy days sayings, and rainy days proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.

Rachel Carson

Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.

Fran Lebowitz

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.

Bill Watterson

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.

William Feather

A rainy day is like a lovely gift -- you can sleep late and not feel guilty.

Elizabeth Jane Howard

On a sunny clear day, you can improve your body; on a rainy fogy day, you can improve your mind!

Mehmet Murat ildan

I always feel sorry for people who think more about a rainy day ahead than sunshine today.

Rae Foley

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.     


Never sell your hen on a rainy day.


A rainy day is an equalizer. You don't know what's going to happen. You just take what you can get.     

Charlie Harvey

On a rainy day many offer to water the chickens.

Armenian Proverb

Keep something for a rainy day.     

Traditional Proverb

He who marries on a rainy day will be happy for the rest of his life.

French Proverb

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.


What a cold and rainy day where on earth is the sun hid away?

Natalie Merchant

I wonder what ants do on rainy days      

Haruki Murakami

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