This week Tina asks us to check our archives and share images that are “all wet”, either in subject or colloquially. She writes in part, “…maybe you’ve just given your pet a bath, or perhaps the dewdrops on your garden have given you a smile. You might also choose the colloquial meaning of the term “all wet” meaning mistaken or completely wrong.” You can read her entire challenge post here. For my response, I chose the literal interpretation as in this image caught on a Nashville street as we stood in the doorway of a local bar while a short downpour was in progress.
Just prior to the canceling of cruising on a world-wide scale, we visited Belize. On a jungle river excursion, the sharp-eyed guide spotted a manatee and the boat captain brought us closer for a better look. In this image, the manatee popped his nostrils above water to grab a breath before returning to the depths. We were not as close as this image implies. I was using a telephoto lens and cropped the final image.
Another crocodile, this one all wet in the Belize River, just outside of Belize City posed for my camera (from the safe confines of our river boat cruiser.) No doubt he would love to sample some fish from our tour guide, but this guide proved to have some sanity and stayed safely on the boat.
One place that surely could be considered “all wet,” with rainfall at least an average of 234 days per year, is Ketchikan, Alaska. This view of the harbor was captured just after a rain shower as we were preparing to disembark for an excursion from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.
My last two images feature an abortive trip to the McBryde Garden on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Shortly after we arrived, a sudden downpour caught us on our walk through the garden that became famous for scenes shot in the movie Jurassic Park. Our tour group huddled underneath a picnic shelter roof but one adventurous person ventured out despite the rain.
I have a collection of images captured in the garden that were “all wet” from the rain similar to this one. Shortly after the rain started, the tour guide abruptly ended the tour and we headed back to the bus that brought us to this section of the garden.
Thanks to Tina for allowing me to remember some of those rainy days and “all wet” wildlife I’ve captured over the years. When I woke up this morning, my cell phone reminded me that we were scheduled to board the Norwegian Escape in Italy this afternoon (May 3, as this is being written.) We’ve rescheduled for a similar cruise next April. It remains to be seen whether this pandemic will be behind us by then or not. We shall see in time. Stay safe in these troubled times.