Small Landscape Day 91

Claudia McGill says: I’ve always liked it when a storm is sweeping in and I can see the curtain of rain coming toward me. And I also like the way the drops of rain are tentative at first – tap, tap – and then a little more assertive – tap tap tap – and then it’s TAPTAPTAPTAP. Just so exciting!

Small landscape, Day 91 - 6" x 6" on Masonite.

Small landscape, Day 91 – 6″ x 6″ on Masonite.

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6 thoughts on “Small Landscape Day 91

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    We call that type of storm a gandigow in Scots. And it might produce a watergaw, which is a fragmentary rainbow. Living on a sea loch, I could often watch a visible wall of precipitation advancing towards me. A few times we walked fast to try and outrun it too.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Those are interesting words, I wonder how they emerged. The kind of rain produced by this kind of storm was often a “toad-strangler” in my part of the world, meaning it came down so fast and hard that toads in their holes were drowned.

  3. Laura (PA Pict)

    The origins appear to be unknown, beyond their geographical homelands, in both cases. Both are surprisingly modern. Gandigow is early 20th Century and watergaw is late 19th Century.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    That’s interesting. I would have thought them to be from way back. They just sound like it. “Toad strangler” for a heavy quick storm is something you hear in the South, not around here, by the way. A regional saying.

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