Having set off from a sunny autumnal Manchester arriving later on the Greek island of Crete when anticipating plenty of sun in the middle of a rain storm was not a good omen.
As the plane touched down in Heraklion the skies were menacingly dark, rivulets of rain streamed down the windows and it appeared totally miserable outside. The conversation within the aircraft was equally dismal, obviously it was not the weather people had been hoping for.
However it is October and nowhere is excempt from the occasional storm or heavy rain. We were also assured it was a passing shower and all would be fine the following day.
As it turned out it was the calm before the real storm. After settling in at the resort of Agios Nikolaos I got out to explore with the camera. These images were all taken at dusk across the road from my hotel, after the initial rain had stopped.
It soon proved to be just a lull. A little while later the heaven’s opened yet again, thunder rumbled overhead, the sky flashed with lightning and the raindrops bounced high off the roads and pavements.
Storms seemed to have followed me around lately as both Cuba and Riviera Maya provided similarly spectacular events. After initially seeking shelter from the downpour I reacted in the same manner as with those storms, pulling up a chair to marvel at the power of nature.
Many travellers curse the weather when the sun fails to shine when abroad but although many destinations rely on tourism they also have other industries. These often need that life giving rain, whilst my fellow passengers were bemoaning the wet weather olive farmers and vineyard owners on Crete were almost certainly cheering.
It rains everywhere at sometime or other, it can’t be avoided and there isn’t much point in being depressed about it. Make the most of every experience, this is the attittude which brings the most rewards.
This morning the sun is out, the storm was indeed merely passing over and everybody is smiling.