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After the Rain

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Published May 10, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 25 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Sikhnapur is a small village near Lucknow. I visited this village during the monsoons. Agricultur...

    #village #journey #beautiful #river #monsoons #family #farmer #travel #india #sunset

    I found a surprising theme as I whittled down the edit to a few hundred photos, then to a few dozen, and finally to the 25 we have now. I expected rays of sunshine, bright colors, and puddle stomping. But the images that seemed to speak the loudest had something unexpected in common: They were so quiet.

    After the rain, as people and animals gently step back out into the world, is an amazing time for quiet beauty. There are certainly exceptions in this story, but the overwhelming nature of these photos changed the way I thought about this theme. The winds die down, the song of raindrops fades away, and we are left in a world that seems calmer than before.

    To the thousands of you who shared so many powerful scenes from our world after the rain, thank you. There were also some rule breakers out there, like Marc Jones’s photo that broke the rules in a beautiful way. For other photos, I could not confirm the time they were taken, the level of rain, or how long ago the storm had ended, but if the mood felt right, that was fine by me.

    King Penguins, Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands

    #climate #waves #sea #ocean #falkland_islands #lookoutside #beach #penguins #clouds #sky #animals

    Editor's Note

    This waddle of penguins looks eager to be out exploring. Those heavy clouds won't weigh them down. The orange/yellow bursts of color from their necks is reflective of the sun bursting through the d... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    While in Paris, there's a lot of beautiful things to look around...But a walk in Jardin des Plant...

    #algae #abstract #pattern #strangethings #unexpected #micro #little_things #rainy_day #fractal

    Editor's Note

    Always refreshing to see such abstract and artistic beauty in nature this way. It is not just the water, or algae or petals on its own that create this scene, it is nature doing what it does, comin... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Brothers on their way

    #brother #blue #yusupova_pro #child #mood #alicjayusupova #children #boys

    A triumphant cyclist raises his arms in victory after sprinting away from the field, only minutes...

    #bicycling

    First snow, then rain, and then finally Aurora Borealis such as rain.. Natural Composition on Norway

    #auroraborealis #winter #landscape #snow #longexpo #lookoutside #cloud #northenlights #sky #nature

    The rain did not stop me from shooting on this day. After the rain passed the sun created some li...

    #trending #surf #hawaii #ocean #water #featured #clouds #underwater #rain #popular #nature #wave #storm

    Editor's Note

    A frame of blue beauty. The wave reminds us of the power of water, and the damage a heavy rain could do as the lingering gray clouds begin to fade.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    It is 5 am, the rain has subsided and the air is still cool and wet. A fisherman is reading the...

    #srilanka #stiltfisher #stilt_fisherman

    Editor's Note

    These wooden poles look stronger than ever after the storm. We always see photos of them during colorful sunsets, it is nice to be reminded of the gloomier days when nature makes decisions for you.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Scotland can definitely have it's fair bit of rain. I saw this umbrella floating down the Water o...

    #leith #scotland #rain #edinburgh #umbrella

    Editor's Note

    Such a simple photo, but a wonderful moment. Poor umbrella, drowning in it's work.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Nature is like beautiful treatment for us. just go to this type of place and make refresh our sel...

    #landscape #after_rain #rainy_clouds #fresh_air #morning #foggy #trees #nature

    Editor's Note

    Great MOOD. The subtle changing colors of the leaves, the depth of these woods. I can not only see the air, I feel it and smell it too. You have taken me here.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Alpi di Siusi (Seiser Alm) is Europes highest mountain plateau and provides spectacular views of ...

    #alpine #dolomiten #dolomiti #weather #huts #sassolungo #dolomites #thunder #storm

    It happens. You are on holidays, you check out the weather, you discover that it is going to rain...

    #square #dark_clouds #czech_republic #colorful_houses #ceske_budejovice

    After rain puddles make the best pools.

    #summer #arizona #water #redhead #dreamer

    THE WOMAN AND THE RAIN. Plaza Mayor de Madrid. Spain.

    #windy #winter #raining #madrid #woman #spain #black__and_white_photography

    After a heavy day of rain, beautiful rain drops were awaiting on our blue table. We lit them with...

    Editor's Note

    What a great use of light. You took something most people would walk right past, and made it some... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    I came across this flooded playground in a park after several days of heavy rain in Italy. Playgr...

    #landscape #surreal #aftertherain

    Editor's Note

    You've hit it spot on with your caption. To see a playground so quiet and empty, a place normally bustling during the day, is jarring. But as rain water floods the bottom of the frame, the trees al... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A Koi filled pond at a temple in Kyoto. Timeless, quiet, peaceful. Nature teaches us to stop. Th...

    #reflections #summer #fish #kyoto #reflection #water #koi #japan #clouds #sky #nature

    Editor's Note

    I love all the layers to this image. Flora, fauna, land and sea and sky, all well balanced in one... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    The sun peeks through passing storm clouds to light up a leaning jack pine.

    #landscape #autumn #tree #clouds #jackpine #storm

    Editor's Note

    A truly pleasant photograph to get lost in. The sun on the tree, the heavy clouds and dark water. I can't stop wondering where the tree got its lean.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Wondering whats on the other side. A black and white portrait using a projector an alternative l...

    #white #female #and #abstract #water #black #portrait #projection #glass

    Raindrops on a Swiss Cheese plant.

    #letsexplore #macro #abstract #water #blackandwhite #lookoutside #rain #nature #ngmh2o

    Changing of the flag in Tiananmen Square Beijing. Another young officer stand as a perimeter guar...

    #tmax100 #china #black__and_white #people #tiananmen_square #beijing #6x6 #film

    Editor's Note

    I love imaging the guard in the rain-- removing his rain gear, standing straight faced in the downpour. Then the rain stops, he removes the gear and stands again, this time maybe with a slight expr... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    The Rain water brings a lot of mud with it. The photograph shows the pattern of mud created by St...

    #abstract #pattern #water #sand #mud #rain #rainwater #nature

    Visiting a Tilghman Island, MD Bed and Breakfast, a storm swept up. I caught this young couple br...

    #sun #cross #couple #clouds #wine #storm

    Heavy rainfall during the Bolivian wet season causes Lake Titicaca to overflow and discharge into...

    #yourverticalworld #landscape #salt #protecttheselands #saltflat #water #travel #sunset #color

    What a beautiful adventure to have gone on.

    This story reminds me that even on days when I don’t like the rain, everything is connected and has a purpose.

    “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” —John Muir

    "Only he who knows his destination finds the way." (Laozi). A foggy day at the german North sea c...

    #misty #wadden #sea #saxony #cuxhaven #elbe #river #germany #foggy #lower #north #people #mist #fog

    Editor's Note

    I don't quite have the words to describe that this photo means. It is full of poetry and mystery. I imagine it to be interpreted in hundreds of ways by every individual that sees it. Quiet and beau... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    About the Editor
    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel
    Marie McGrory is a Producer with National Geographic Travel. She believes photography can help us find the moments, feelings, and stories that transcend cultural boundaries.

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