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Wet Diversity

As I said, I love Hawaii.

Here one can stand in the sunshine and the rain at the same time. I took this photo the other day at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. (Click here for larger image.) You can see the rain falling and the sun shining on the green leaves and the building beyond.

I took this picture from our lanai just before sunset on January 1st. You can actually see the rays of sunshine competing with the rain. (Click here for larger image.) I stepped outside and held out my hands. Rain fell into my right hand. My left hand remained dry. I was standing half in and half out of the rain shower. That is not an uncommon phenomena here in the Rainbow State — where liquid sunshine falls almost every day of the year.

The rain is warm and soft. Even so, we carry umbrellas with us every where we go. In a state with an almost constant humidity level of 80% or higher, once one’s clothing gets wet it tends to stay wet all day — and in air conditioned buildings that can get a bit uncomfortable.


Speaking of being just a bit uncomfortable, I would like you to picture a church choir heavily populated with geriatrics. Once you have that image firmly in mind I would like you to click here, and read . . . .


Oh, and that sunset photo?

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I have run into this circumstance several times — even here on the mainland! I remember as a child looking out our front window one day and it was raining on our neighbors houses across the street … but our side was dry as a bone! Quite amazing to a 5 or 6 year old!!! It’s a fun happenstance when you catch it! A little serendippity! I am going over to read about the 3 Hoppin’ Kings … right after I find out what was so interesting HERE on the 3rd! LOL! (and whatever else I’ve missed…)

  2. Melli — I, too, experienced the phenomena on the mainland. Once in Washington State it was snowing in our backyard but not our front yard, and once in South Dakota we drove from a storm into bright, dry sunshine. I looked over my shoulder and there was a storm behind us. We drove in front of it for several miles.

  3. Just a quick note. The information on sleep was obtained by typing in sleep deprivation in Google. I then read about ten of the articles and used the material that showed up in most of them. Some of the material consists of partial quotes.

  4. Doug — my eyes remember it a little more lemony, but the camera gave me a beautiful photo.

    Polona — not to rub it in, but we had sunshine and fresh breezes.

    Dr. John — thank you. I’ll look it up!

  5. Oh how I miss sunshowers! We don’t really get them where I live now, but they were quite common where I grew up. That sunset is divine!

  6. The warmth of the rain while sun glistens upon your hair. Very nice images and I thank you for sharing and temporarily transporting me there.

  7. The sun showers happened in Nova Scotia as well, one could be in a downpour and the neighbors across the road would be sunny. It never seemed to happen with the snow though, everybody got the snow.

    A Blessed Sunday is wished for you and OC

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