Wind: Pixelventures

Wind is one of the main elements associated with earth. It is also the theme for this week’s photo challenge set by Bastet over at WDBWP.

As she says wind is hard to capture and up on the 14th floor of a high-rise we don’t always see the effects that wind have since we are so high above the trees. We were hoping for a good wind this week to blow away all the bad air and pollution that has blanketed much of China over the last few weeks. It slowly sank down to Shanghai this past week and as a result we had 2 days of indoor recess. Levels over 200 on the 2.5 scale (the yucky dangerous particles smaller than dust that can get into the body and cause troubles) call for indoor play and cranked up air purifiers. My eyes watered and nose tingled while the air had a smokey acrid smell. My throat itched and I coughed, while even the cat had watery eyes and she is always inside. It was an air you could taste.

Here are 2 views from our balcony of sunrise. One was taken in September when levels were well under 100 (probably around 40-60). The second is a similar view into the same vantage point taken this past Thursday when levels were about 214. Can you see the haze? Shouldn’t air be clear? It creates a spooky feeling and sucks away all the colour and depth perception as my eyes strain to look into the distance. It has become a part of my daily routine to check the weather and pollution levels when I wake up. At least we were not as bad off as Northern cities who had levels skyrocket into the 400-500 range. Schools were closed and people were told to stay home. Car accidents happened more frequently that week due to poor visibility. Even the CBC had articles and pictures posted on their website of the haze that swallowed China.

The other picture shows wind and a different kind of storm. It was taken back in Canada last February during a snow storm. Winds howled, snow fell and kiddies got to stay home from school. This is the kind of day to snuggle up with some hot cocoa and a good book, but I couldn’t resist going out into it to snap some pics since it was 3 years since I had seen ‘real snow’. The cold wind whipped my face and the snow make my cheeks burn as the little icy pellets bombarded me, but it was worth the effort to enjoy an experience I hadn’t had since living abroad in China.

Snow, Cold and Wind

Snow, Cold and Wind

Be sure to head over the Bastet’s page and see more examples and learn more about the earthy elements.

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19 thoughts on “Wind: Pixelventures

  1. Freda Goulet

    I am amazed at the difference in the two pics you posted…that is a lot of smog! I think we take our mostly clean air for granted here in Canada. A couple of weeks ago we had such a strong wind storm that I was afraid to walk in case I got hit by flying objects…the first time I can remember being afraid of the wind. A lady in Pt Colborne was killed while driving her car when the wind toppled a tree onto her car…that’s how strong the wind was that day. I love your snowy picture!

    • Wow that is strong wind. Seems to be stronger than I remember it ever was. Here too we can get typhoons brush past and winds are strong.
      As for the smog I looked it up in Toronto while I was home this summer. It never got over 3 and 10 is considered extreme! We think anything under 100 is OK and under 40 or 50 awesome! The smog does bother me and I lost my voice twice last year and the doctor thought part of the irritation came from the smog. I often get nosebleeds too. I have started to use the netti pot at night on bad air days and it seems to help.

    • PS I wished I had a no cloud photo for the first one then you would have really seen a difference!

  2. WOW! What a huge difference! It’s amazing what our world can do weather wise. Your second photo is very eerie, and oddly beautiful! Great shots and I love, love, love the snow!! πŸ™‚

    • Yes the snow was good to see last year. I am not a fan of the cold, but I enjoyed the chance to see so much after missing out for 3 years.
      The smog is bad for the air, but does make beautiful sunsets and sunrises πŸ™‚

  3. Now that is a great take on the wind as cleanser! Was amazed at the difference in the two photos and I’ll be thinking wind for you! (next time I go to the Akashic Library I’ll see if I can’t get a hold of Shu for you, seems to be great friends with Sekhmet, but she’s always full of hot…hmmm breezy πŸ˜‰ (

    • Seems when the winds come from the east the air is better since it is off the ocean. When the winds come from the north it brings dust from the desert, smog and colder temps. Wind it very important here. πŸ™‚

  4. Love the first two comparison shots! NO SNOW : )

  5. Ugh … There’s a lot of wind heading your way now. Take care.

    • Yes there have been a lot of typhoons and the season is ‘officially’ over. Well I guess Mother Nature doesn’t want to read her calendar!
      This year has been warm longer than usual -which has been lovely. Anything to avoid those dull damp winters here. Usally mid-October we are into jackets and pants, but this year I am still sporting sandles, capris and some days short sleeves at lunch recess (other days just long sleeves is enough). I still haven’t pulled out the sweaters yet… In the mornings or late evenings there is a slight chill and you need something. I have only been wearing a winter hoodie as a jacket! Saturday it was 27c! Crazy right! Although all good things must come to an end… over night it rained and yesterday was only 17-19c…. back to reality and more seasonable. 😦

      • I always think you’re further south. Sounds like that horrific typhoon was far enough from you. ((hug))

        • Yes we missed it, but the Philippines has been hit hard so many times this year. This by far was the worst. Looking at photos it looks more like a tsunami or tornado went through.

  6. Godness I wouldn’t do very well in either place!

    • The snow is short lived and pretty as long as you don’t have to drive in it. The pollution is hard and I feel it. I am more sensitive to it than some. I wear a little mask with a filter when outside, when levels are over 150, and hopefully that helps along with using my neti pot to clear my sinuses.

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