Julian Ray Photography

Monsoon

I’ve been resisting doing the “hero shot” of me wading chest deep in a flooded village street, cameras held high over my head. The sort of shot that is almost obligatory if you are a travel photog. I’ll leave that one to others to do.

It is full Monsoon season in the upper Mekong Delta and with the rains come all sorts of challenges. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING gets wet. Getting to and from anyplace takes on a level of excitement and logistical head ache unique to this part of the world. It is not every job that lets you push a floating car down the street, get back into it and continue on your way.

With the Monsoon rain also comes such beauty. The fecund, luscious colours and textures of this time of year are almost surreal. That is why it is, without a doubt, my favorite season.

For this post I wanted to explore some of those colours, not in exotic locations but just down the streets and alleys of little neighborhoods and villages. The colours are everywhere. You just have to look.

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

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“At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.”
― Pablo Neruda

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“The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all. ”
― Gautama Buddha

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A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
―  Arabian Proverb 

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“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
― Ashley Smith

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“Those who hate rain hate life.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

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It rained that month day and night.
Men with nets fanned out into the fields
And shouted to each other along the shorelines.
Teachers disappeared on the way to their cars.”
― Billy Collins

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“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone,
not by violence, but by oft falling.”
― Lucretius

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“With thick strokes of ink the sky fills with rain.”
― Kazim Ali

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“ With the rain, falls the wisdom of heaven. ”
― Pablo Picasso

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“If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead.
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down.)
And sip their lemonade.
(When the sun shines down.)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the world looks fine.”
― The Beatles

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“Rain, Rain, Rain, come again and again,
In the winter, in the summer and in spring,
Come with joy, fall with happiness and go with sorrow,
Rain, Rain, Rain come again and again.”
― Vikram Pratap Singh

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I look forward to seeing you out there. Stay dry!

Julian Ray
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