I was in Tampa Bay last week, feeling the effects of Hurricane Isaac (and the RNC, but that's another matter). I headed home to Saint Louis just in time for - you guessed it - more rain from Isaac.

All this water reminds me that leaf season is coming and it's time to think about cleaning the gutters - not my favorite chore. While I procrastinate, let's look at a few inspirational photos of fun downspouts for your house.

1. Cloud downspout by Russian designer Dmitry Kulyayev (via behance.net)
2. Watering can spotted in Anacortes, WA (via valeaston.com)
3. This downspout in Dresden makes music when it rains (via notcot.org)
4. A cheeky take on a ordinary downspout (via bitsandpieces.us)
5. Dragonfly gutter in Portland, OR (via robinolsen.blogspot.com)

(Images: as credited above)