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A Year in the Rain

Bangladesh

During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, 
and not the disaster it had first seemed.

Goa, India

Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost
religious experience  as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year.

Indonesia
Porbandar, India
Australia
Mumbai, India
Bangladesh

Anticipation
Fizzy, frothy, fickle rain
Resurrection

Java, Indonesia
Porbandar, India

For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

Kathmandu, Nepal
Porbandar, India
Bihar, India
Indonesia
Pokhara, Nepal
Porbandar, India
Indonesia

Monsoon History

Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines.

Porbandar, India

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8 replies on “A Year in the Rain”

It is like the first rains in Northeast Brazil that bring life back to the Caatinga (semi-arid scrub forest). It is the large area in the North East of Brazil characterized by semi-arid scrub forest. There, the northeastern people from the fields rejoice in the rains. Vegetation and animals come to life after long periods of drought, suffering and famine.

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Amazing photography … important informatioona Humanity … simple as that! … “During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event,
and not the disaster it had first seemed.”

Such a beautiful series of rain. Love it! I do stay in Darjeeling hill. I suggest you visit once this hill station during the rainy season. It will give pleasure with memorable clicks.

I have known since such a long time how great is the art that belongs to Steve McCurry. A year in the rain is a new masterpiece. I shake your hand Steve McCurry because your shots have a heart and a soul Go on this way and I will always be happy to share your friendship!💯💯💯

Such a precious series is this. Rain the most desired natural phenomenon in Indian subcontinent without which there will be issue with cultivation, water, electricity and so many other things are dependent on rain. On the other hand excessive rainfall brings in flood in so many regions with devastating effect. Life goes on, people are used to this inevitable natural phenomenon and cope up until water recedes.

Rain brings in life to the heart of dry and arid earth and is so important for us to survive. Priceless works Sir! 🙏🏼🌧️🌧️🌧️❤️

Rain brings such pleasure to the heart of dry and arid earth. It is so desired in the Indian subcontinent specially after the scorching summer. Cultivation, water, electricity and do many things depend on this precious natural phenomenon. On the other hand excessive rainfall brings in flood creating another devastating situation. People carry on life with that as they are used to this inevitable phenomenon and cope up until water recedes. Such a priceless series is this Sir!! Each and every image is phenomenal. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🌧️🌧️🌧️❤️

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