We continue with GKC’s reflections on rain – and Atkinson Grimshaw’s. Today he is in ‘Canny Glasgow’; both yesterday’s picture and today’s are in public domain via Wikipedia.
Indeed this is one of the real beauties of rainy weather, that while the amount of original and direct light is commonly lessened, the number of things that reflect light is unquestionably increased. There is less sunshine; but there are more shiny things; such beautifully shiny things as pools and puddles and mackintoshes. It is like moving in a world of mirrors.
And indeed this is the last and not the least gracious of the casual works of magic wrought by rain: that while it decreases light, yet it doubles it. If it dims the sky, it brightens the earth. It gives the roads (to the sympathetic eye) something of the beauty of Venice. Shallow lakes of water reiterate every detail of earth and sky; we dwell in a double universe.
If we move in a world of mirrors, will we learn to know ourselves better?
From ‘A Miscellany of Men’.
2 responses to “3 September: In praise of rain II.”
I love this – as have just arrived in Scotland for 3 weeks and there is plenty rain around! Good to hear about rain gratitude ….
A good shower this morning in Canterbury too. I hope you find a few dry moments, Janet!