One thing also about the rain is that it brings a barrage of nice little flowers. I collect them regularly for use in making soap, tea, etc. After a light rain and some wind, you always find that many flowers have just fallen.
I like the feeling of just picking them up as they are resting on blades of grass. They are fresh, as though you have taken them from the plant-- but the wind and drops have done it for you. Here are some photos of my "gatherings" on different days. They dry out in my room, and usually it smells really good because of that.