Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hardcore hiker

When I left home for the hike of the day, the sky looked cloudy and dark. This was not a good sign indeed, but I really did not want to miss my weekend lover for two consecutive weeks.

It was a very difference experience to find out the trail was so quiet to the extent that I had not left my camera idle for most of the time, and without much annoyance. It was cool, and droplets were continuously shaken off from the leaves along the trail, either by wind or some animals up there.

Anyhow the worst that I had expected finally arrived. The heavy downpour though kept me in the wayside pavilion for some times, but I was still able to get maximum fun from this eight feet by four feet pavilion.

If you looked at the first picture, you might be misled that there were only two leaks on the roof. Somehow, you should have the feeling on how heavy the rain was, and it came inside in all directions, from the top, front, back, left and right.

I was actually not able to avoid my camera from getting wet, yet still stubborn not to keep it inside my backpack. I zoomed in and out for everything that came into sight.

This was my world. A fantastic fresh world.

On my way going downhill, I just wanted to share with you that there were still a few hardcore hikers around.

Did you ever hike with umbrella before?


Poetic Shutterbug said...

While I've never hiked with an umbrella, the photos sure make it look inviting.

Anonymous said...

I like how adventurous you are, hiking and finding such wonderful things to take pictures of!

Great post!

Ratty said...

I like the pictures from the pavilion. The pavilion at one of the places I go isn't as good to get any pictures. Only shots of the parking lot.

I have wanted to hike in the pouring rain with an umbrella for awhile now. Whenever the time comes, I don't do it. I'll have an opportunity in the next two days.

betchai said...

i love rain, and yes, i love your world, especially in the 2nd and the last picture. nice to see another hiker there not bothered by the rain. i usually do not hike with an umbrella, i kind of like the feel of the pouring rain on me. However, I do wear raincoat, I kind of like watching the rain dripping down my raincoat. I grew up where it rained a lot and rain meant playtime for us.

WiseAcre said...

Picture perfect. Nice shots.

I'm to lazy to carry an umbrella and not smart enough to get out of the rain.

Mike said...

Tropical rain is very pleasant its usually warm and makes everywhere smell so rich after a downpour.

Even if you get soaked you soon dry out.

rainfield61 said...

Poetic Shutterbug >> The nature is beautiful in such a way that we can get good pictures which require less skill, especially for me.

Icy BC >> adventurous?? Not really, I am just crazy.

Ratty >> To hike in a rain is a totally different experience. We are able to see and feel differently. Wait to read yours.

betchai >> I was not that brave since I looked for shelter during the downpour. Some of the hikers did enjoy the total wet journey, just like a kid during my childhood.

WiseAcre >> I bet you will get maximum fun if you forgive the lazy but turn to crazy.

Mike >> Yes, the smell of rainforest during or after the downpour is terrific. A soaked body is not a big deal.

Anonymous said...

I like the 2nd last photo...has a misty feel to it. You photographed in the rain? Better get a water proof housing to protect your camera.

I am not a hiker by nature. But I do enjoy walking in parks/forests.

Suzanne said...

Lovely pictures! The first one right after you said "i zoomed in and out..." is awesome, it looks like a Thomas Kinkade type picture. Who knew a rainy day could look so pretty :)

rainfield61 said...

Mei Teng >> I only came out from the pavilion after the downpour had turned into drizzling. There was no problem with my camera.

Suzanne >> Yes, what have been seen on this rainy day was actually beyond my expectation.

Welcome abroad..

The Retired One said...

I'm a wimp. I rarely hike when it is raining. :-D