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Rain Lilies

In our garden several varieties of rain lilies (Zephyranthes, ゼフィランサス) bloom from early June through September. I enjoy looking at them each morning, but I had not fully appreciated their beauty until I watched them in the rain.

In addition to the sound of rain hitting my umbrella, I used the most appropriate rain music I could find, “Rains Will Fall” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

White rain lily (Zephyranthes candida, タマスダレ)

Rosy rain lily (Zephyranthes rosea, ゼフィランサス・ロゼア)

Yellow rain lily (Zephyranthes flavissima,

Pink rain lily (Zephyranthes carinata, サフランモドキ)


The video clip and most photos were shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera and two Olympus M. Zuiko lenses: 60mm f/2.8 macro and 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO. The video includes music from “Rains Will Fall” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (license: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-By) 3.0).

All postprocessing was done on a Fedora GNU/Linux workstation. I edited the video clips and added titles with with Kdenlive, but I did not modify the colors or add any enhancements. Photos were organized and edited with digiKam.

Background is a residential street out of focus. Center foreground in focus is a microphone with a furry cover, aimed at the street. The mic is mounted on a tripod with a small recorder.

Thunder Shower

July 18, 2014, is World Listening Day.

At around 18:00 dark clouds appeared, and we had a brief shower. When I heard thunder, I dashed out to my front parch with a microphone and a recorder. I missed a few loud claps of thunder, but I managed to record a few minutes of rain and thunder as the storm receded to the east.

Here is a link to the same recording on a map: radio aporee ::: maps – Takano, Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, Japan