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