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  • Writer's picturePaul Cotter

A Rainstorm Story

The lighthouse in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, captured on a rainy morning

It was raining that morning in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. I don’t mean drizzling. I mean really raining – coming down in torrents, with gusts of wind whipping the rain in our faces.

Unfortunately, this was the only morning we were spending in Peggy’s Cove and the only opportunity I had to photograph its famous lighthouse. And so our only choice was to get out there, brave the elements and make the best of it.

If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s this: Whether it’s physical or metaphorical, rain will fall. We can’t prevent it, we can’t control it. But with a positive attitude, we can keep it from spoiling a perfectly good day.

As it turned out, the rain didn’t dampen our enjoyment of the picturesque landmark. I’d packed a good rain protector so my camera gear didn’t get soaked. And thanks to the downpour, there was no one else out there but my wife and me – no tour buses, no crowds of people milling around to clutter the frame. As an added bonus, the rain (which you can see pummeling the water between the rocks) added a nice touch of character and mood to the scene.

I tip my soggy hat to you, rain. We came away totally drenched, but with dozens of photos that I’m glad I took.

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