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John Clanton Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm •  Published: August 24, 2008

Zakoya Martinez-Florez, 5, (bottom left) Anastasia Martinez-Florez, (center), 6, and their friend Alice Barham, 4, collect water from the roof and the pool in background as they play in the rain outside their home during showers in the metro on Monday, August 18, 2008. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman

During the few days of rain that we had last week, I spent an afternoon looking for people playing or working in the rain. These girls were outside their home with their mother and aunt, so I asked to take a few pictures. The girls were collecting water to make a sand castle, but the process, as they explained it, was fairly complicated. They used cups to scoop water from the wading pool in the front yard, or catch it coming off the roof. Then, they poured their water into a small, sandy flower bed. They couldn’t immediately go to work on the castles though. They had to wait until the water had sufficiently soaked into the sand, then the construction would begin. Their aunt said it usually takes most of the afternoon.

-John Clanton