Rainy Day in Old Town


Ernesto lingers for another rainy day in Old Town, and sidewalks are empty except for the most intrepid. A couple of businesses at the foot of King Street had nearly two feet of water creep in at high tide around 2 a.m. and had to do some mopping up. The good news is that the worst of the storm has now passed, and the Potomac has returned to its banks.

It was raining pretty steadily when I snapped this shot. While I was waiting like a hunter for a deer for a colorful umbrella to go by, I discovered that my rain jacket was water resistant and not waterproof. I would have stayed out shooting longer, but I was getting pretty soaked. Time to invest in a good raincoat, because I was like a kid having fun playing out in the rain and didn’t wanna go back inside!

6 Responses to Rainy Day in Old Town

  1. passante says:

    Love the way the red and blue umbrella echoes the red and blue of the flag. How thoughtful of that person to be carrying it!

  2. Denton says:

    We visited Old Town in Alexandria last weekend and the sidewalks were much more crowded. In fact we walked along the Pontiac river next to old town. Hopefully, there is not to much flooding.

  3. kala says:

    Although its rainy, I think this is such a kewl shot – a reminder of the change in season and renewal of all things beautiful

  4. dutchie says:

    Great catch! Aren’t you worried about your camera when you’re out in the rain?

  5. Kate says:

    Ah, what one does for photoaday! I like the way the cobblestones glisten!

  6. MarieMcC says:

    Passante, I agree, it was exceptionally considerate!

    Denton, how nice that you came to town! Wish I could have met you for coffee. Flooding wasn’t too bad this time.

    Kala, thank you! That was my thought when I went out in the rain.

    Dutchie, at first I had my camera in a plastic ziplock bag when I wasn’t shooting. Got tired of playing with the plastic bag so I took that off and just tucked the camera under my rain jacket instead, where it hung around my neck with the camera strap. A little rain doesn’t hurt anything, only complete immersion will do any serious damage. Plus I was only out there for less than two hours. I just dried it off well after I got inside. No problem.

    Kate, thank you. It’s a really good motivation and gets me out of the house more often, which is a good thing. 🙂

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