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I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a camera with me, even on a simple errand to the grocery store. While sitting in my Jeep in the driveway afterwards, bracing myself for the onslaught of wind and driving rain I would once again be stepping out into, I snapped a few photos of the raindrops dancing on my windshield. (I was also listening to one of my favorite songs on the radio). 🙂 

“Nuclear Rain” (Raindrops on Windshield) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/13, 1/20s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV

Since I was just playing around, I seriously doubted I was capturing anything noteworthy and, truth be told, completely forgot about them until looking through the memory card this morning.

The curvature of the glass seems to give the drops a 3D effect, more so than if they were on a standard flat window pane. The background plays a nice role here as well – the red color is the hood of my Jeep and the vertical stripes are from slats in the fence beyond. 

Just goes to show you that sometimes photographing the (seemingly) ordinary can yield surprising results! 🙂



  1. Great find while driving home. Nicely done.

  2. Another reason why you should keep your camera with you at all times.

    Pain in the butt, but “better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it” …..

    • Ha, yes, so true and we’ve all been on the side of “need it and not have it!” 🙂

  3. So you have discovered my fascination with the windshield in the rain. Nice shot.

    • Thanks, Lynn! Yes, it is amazing what can be right in front of you when you’re rockin’ out to a song! 🙂

  4. This is beautiful, a truely everyday artwork ! Sometimes I have the same experience; unexpected and out of nothing, the most interesting motives appears. It is a wonderful thought, that we all are living right in the center of this artwork, and just have to open our eyes to enjoy it. Just like you did with this. 🙂

    • Such a sweet sentiment! This simple line of text appears as the first frame in a slideshow of images I display:

      “During the course of every ordinary day, Magic happens…”

      This world really is a miracle if we simply open our eyes.

      Thank you so very much! 🙂

  5. I love when we’re suddenly surprised. At first I thought these were bubbles inside an aquarium!

    • This is the way I approach photography in general. I’m always looking, and hoping, for the surprises! And, if I can BE there with camera in hand and the skills to capture the shot, then woo hoo! Celebrations all around! 🙂

  6. SO cool! (And also a fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day on a long boring drive – when you’re NOT the driver!! 😉 )

    • Ha! I bet!

      (For the record, I wasn’t driving while taking this shot. I was sitting safely in the driveway, engine OFF!)

  7. This is just so beautiful, Tracy. It looks as though you photographed the “falling” raindrops in a super fast shutter speed. Very nice.

  8. lovely

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