Morning rain in the Japanese garden 7D_2197_StaatsI spent the morning at Como Park in the McNeely Conservatory and the Ordway Japanese Garden.  Although we had the promise of bright sunshine and hot and humid weather for the day, the morning was cool and cloudy.  The light was actually quite beautiful for photographing.  I spent a half hour in the Japanese garden and was preparing to leave when I heard the sound of raindrops hitting the pond.  As beautiful as the sound was, the sight of the large drops punctuating the calm water’s surface was delightful.  I stayed through the rain showers and continued to photograph, enjoying the freshness of the rain, the cool of the morning, and the peacefulness and beauty that I found in the garden.