Ottawa’s average annual rainfall (869 mm) is more than twice that of Edmonton (365 mm), and 2.5 times that of Calgary (326 mm). Maybe that’s why I’m still astounded by the heavy rainfalls I see here: early experience sets unconscious expectations, perhaps.

We had another downpour this last week, and then the sun came out. That’s another difference, at least between Ottawa and my memory of Edmonton: I remember the latter getting day-long rain, but Ottawa seems prone to storm cells, with one after another sweeping through.

Anyway, the sun came out after the rain and shone through the raindrops on the flame bush in the backyard. Its uppermost leaves have already started to turn colour.

Sun shining through raindrops on flame bush

Sun shining through raindrops on flame bush


  1. Barbara Carlson

    Gorgeous colour!
    I’ve noticed if the rain starts suddenly and ferociously, it will end quickly. It’s the slowly forming, drippy, misty, uncertain rain that lasts for days.

  2. Jim Taylor

    Can you blow up that drop hanging on the end of the leaf enough to see what’s shining through it? Sometimes they act as a microscope, sometimes as a telescope.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      John – Do they get sparkling red leaves near the Gulf of Mexico, too? Seriously, I suspect you’re right. Alberta doesn’t get too much of its weather from the south (this latest winter snowstorm notwithstanding), but we seem to.

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