Arriving at work with sopping wet feet, getting drenched by inconsiderate buses, and narrowly missing impalement by those giant golfing umbrellas...
We’re definitely not enjoying the rain at the moment. But, as Somerset Maugham illustrates in his brooding tale Rain: precipitation elsewhere in the world can be beautifully evocative.
EMERALD SEASON IN BOTSWANA
With sultry black storm-clouds looming over the dust-cleared plains, vibrant green vegetation, and a glorious array of birdlife displaying their breeding finery, Botswana’s rain season is an absolute treat for photographers. Plus, if you don’t mind donning the waterproofs, it’s a cheaper time of year to go.
THE RAIN FILLED LENCOIS MARANHENSES
For part of the year, this region of Brazil appears to be nothing but an endless desert. However, when the rains come, the water mixes with the minerals in the sand and transforms the dunes into surreal blue and green lagoons. Pretty tempting for a dip, we think you’ll agree – and whilst you’re at it, you may well ponder how on earth the fish got there!
RAINFOREST SHOWERS IN COSTA RICA
There’s nothing quite like a tropical rain shower: a rumble of thunder stopping the jungle in its tracks, before the cacophony of croaks and hums returns. Costa Rica’s rainforest naturally enjoys showers all year round, but not enough to prevent you from wobbling over rope bridges, hanging out in tree houses, and flying over forest canopies on South America’s largest zip-wire.
THUNDERSTORMS IN THAILAND
We’re rather partial to the odd thunderstorm in Thailand. As you sit in a tinsel-clad restaurant by the beach, the purple skies are disrupted by dramatic flashes of lightning and delicious bursts of warm, tropical rain (particularly good during the water festival Songkran, when you get absolutely soaked anyway!) And when the power cuts out for a few minutes? No problem – the laid back Thais just light a few candles and crack open some Chiang.