Posts Tagged With: rain

Refraction: Weekly Photo Challenge

This week word press is looking for refraction, pictures to do with light. I snapped these this past summer and I think they captured the light in different and unusual ways.

Sun spots and colours in the grass

Sun spots, shadows and colours in the grass


Heavy rainstorm and colours captured in the street light

Heavy rainstorm and colours captured in the street light.


Sunlight captured in the dew on a spider web

One of my favourites showing detail and sunlight captured in the dew on a spider web.

Check out last week’s post for the Blood Moon Eclipse for another example of light.

Stay tuned…

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Feeling Frayed: Weekly Photo Challenge

A teacher’s worst nightmare came true this week with rain on the first day of school. Not just a light drizzle, but a heavy downpour that made the day dull and dark. Meeting a new class and having to spend all day with them indoors left me a little frazzled and frayed. Don’t get me wrong I love teaching, but when 7.5 hours straight is with 5 year olds all talking at once you can get a little tired and frayed around the edges.

Heavy rain storm - July 2014 Fonthill, ON

Heavy rain storm – July 2014 Fonthill, ON

It could be a result of my nerves getting a little frazzled with the weather. At home the last week of our holiday was filled with cooler temps and lots of heavy rain. When we returned to China the first week was typical with hot humid temps with sunny blue skies. That was short lived and unseasonable cool temps and heavy rains rolled in. We had 5 days of steady rain which, wears on your nerves and makes you a little frayed.

What has left you feeling frayed?

Check out Word Press and the photo challenge this week frayed.

With a new work schedule I have not been able to get onto WP as much as I would like, so I apologise if I do not respond quickly. Whenever I get a chance I will.

Stay tuned.



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Macro Shots: Photo Challenge

In this day and age I don’t know how I managed, but for 4 years I had a crappy phone where no one could hear me unless I shouted. Texting wasn’t much better since things didn’t line up and although I pressed this a letter a letter from the opposite side would often appear. For just over a year I gave up and the cheap terrible China iPhone became an expensive alarm clock. That is what happens when you are new to town… they prey on the stupid. I managed for as long as I could with this phone, so I guess I got what I paid for and finally gotsome of  my money’s worth by using it as long as  I did.

The last trip to Hong Kong ended up to be in search of a new phone. We knew if we went to a proper shop we would get an authentic phone, good quality and better price in Hong Kong than China. Electronics are often cheaper there. I was partial to iPhone since it seems everyone has one. Over the last 6 months Samsung has started to take the lead here. So I did some research and asked people who had both pros and cons.

My husband preferred the Samsung and I could go either way, so we decided on Samsung. A selling feature for me was better photo quality and cheaper price tag. In Hong Kong we went to the large mall at Times Square and found the Samsung store. I wanted a good phone, light and easy to carry. Then there was the Samsung zoom, which is more camera than phone. It was on sale… I was sold. For the price of 1 iPhone we got 2 phones. One for me and 1 for hubby. When I have a chance I should do a post about this great purchase, but today’s purpose it a photo challenge, so I best get to it 😉

The great thing about this phone is the amazing quality of macro shots. I was impressed.

Spring Rain

Spring Rain

And here is another…


raindrop close up

raindrop close up

Check out more great macro shots over at Bastet’s Pixleventures.

Stay tuned…. new Tourist in Your Town challenge should be up later this weekend.



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Rain Rain Go Away

Rain rain go away…

Heavy rain in Hong Kong. View Looking down onto "Times Square"

Heavy rain in Hong Kong. View Looking down onto “Times Square”

I know April showers brings May flowers, but it seems every weekend for the last two months have been super soggy. Spring arrives earlier here in Shanghai than what I was used to back home in Southern Ontario. This year March was glorious. The blossoms filled the air with delicious sweet scents and the sun was shining. Then April happened. We went to Hong Kong in the middle of their ‘Black Rain’, which was a terrible storm that lasted a week. It was the worst they had in years, maybe ever. It must have been a bad omen, bad luck or hid away in our suitcases because we had terrible weather, all of April, here in Shanghai. After a mild winter many complained April turned into winter -cold, damp and grey. We didn’t see the sun for days or sometimes a week at a time. How depressing. The winds were chilly and every weekend it rained. The rain was that heavy downpour that soaks you to the skin in seconds. What is worse it is a cold rain. Brrr!

March sunset and blossoms

March sunset and blossoms in Shanghai

April seemed it would never end, but eventually May made its way. After the first soggy weekend in May temperatures started to rise, the sun shone for days in a row; a shock to our now sensitive eyes. Then the weekend came and it rained and again it rained some more. Our balcony is covered in water and the pinging of the heavy rain on the railing and pipes outside is constant. 14 floors up I can hear it coming down! Tomorrow is Monday and the forecast is…. sun.

Join in on Bastet’s Pixleventures and show your examples of Spring activity.

Stay tuned….


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Misty Threshold of Inspiration

What is a misty threshold of inspiration? For me it is a combination of 3 photo challenges 😉 Ailsa has asked for something MISTY while Word Press asked for a THRESHOLD and Bastet asked for INSPIRATION.

Going through my pics from our recent short trip to Hong Kong I thought this photo fit the bill for all 3. Our short trip was saturated by heavy down pours. Luckily we got in before the storm, so our flight was not diverted, delayed  or cancelled. Each day we would arrive inside JUST before the skies really opened up. Umbrella’s and rain coats were unfashionable, but kept us mostly dry. The day we left heavy rains left everything misty over the hills. As Ailsa says fog and mist are mysterious and I thought this was be good inspiration for someone to write a short story or poem. Bastet wanted a photo to help inspire someone to write and hopefully this will get some creative juices flowing.

Misty Hong Kong

Misty Hong Kong

WP’s theme of threshold was described as something that can show change or a beginning. Travel is just that for me. Stepping away from the comforts of home and going somewhere new is exciting. I love the opportunity that travel provides… allowing you to see and do new things, meet new people, experience new foods, sites, smells and learn about different ways of life. My first solo trip opened so many doors for me and without that opportunity I may not have ever taken the chance to move half way around the world. It was a big step… challenging, exciting and scary. Crossing over that threshold has been many fantastic adventures.

The Ultimate threshold -flight

The Ultimate threshold – flight

What big step have you taken in life?

Stay tuned…

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What a View -Pixelventures

What do you see when you look out your window everyday? That is the question posed by Bastet’s Pixelventures photo challenge this week.

This is the view today on a rainy Sunday from our balcony. Our balcony is glass, so it always provides us with a view of the outdoors. We are lucky since we have wide open space between buildings, so we can see some trees, if we look down. From 14 floors up we can see other apartments in the distance and the larger Kerry Parkside, which is a shopping mall, hotel and houses some great restaurants.

rainy day

rainy day

I was disappointed that our apartment doesn’t have this view from inside. I understand now that we look in to a quieter inside green space as opposed to have this great view of the Shanghai skyline. This side faces a noisy, busy street with honking cars and traffic. Soon as we step off the elevator I always take a peek and enjoy the view. As I wait for the elevator I look out and admire the ever-changing skyline. This photo was taken the other morning as I waited for the elevator. Rain was forecast for later that day and the dark skyline behind the buildings while bright dazzling sunshine was still in the east made for a great contrast of colours and seemed to bring the skyline to life. This was a rare view and I was glad I had my camera and a few minutes to snap a quick pic before the elevator arrived.

Calm before the Storm

Calm before the Storm

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Rain & Height: Weekly Photo Challenges

We just returned from Hong Kong and I hope to post about that shortly. To save time I am posting 2 photo challenges in 1 post. This time I cannot combine the challenges in 1 photo so I have posted them all below.

Bastet’s Pixelventures has encouraged us to look for the one of the main elements and photograph rain. As she states photographing rain is not easy. As I mentioned we just returned from Hong Kong. We were unlucky enough to have 2 days of rain for our 5 days away. Our day trip to Macau started out cloudy and later a light drizzle came and went. A few hours before our ferry ride was due to leave and go back to Hong Kong it started to rain harder. We went into a casino to try our luck, but to no avail. To match our mood it started to rain harder. Luckily across the street was the bus depot and our #3 bus pulled in just as we arrived. Just before we got on I snapped a few pictures and this is not the best photo, but best example of rain. You can see the woman with her make shift umbrella covering her from the sudden rain. If you look closely you can see the puddles forming and rain drops making them ripple. Of course there are rain drops on my lens too.

rainy days in Macau

rainy days in Macau

Next Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack has posted the theme height. What better examples of high are the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong? According to Hong Kong Tourism at the Peak it has the highest concentration of skyscrapers of any place in the world. Here are some views from up top the Peak and another below along Victoria Harbour looking up at the Hong Kong skyline.

Stay tuned….

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The Olympics are Coming

This summer will be another Olympics as London, England will host the world. The last summer Olympics were in Beijing, China. I am not a big sports fan and I don’t watch a lot of Olympic events. I enjoy watching a little bit of the winter Olympics, especially the figure skating. Winter sports also take place during school months, so I follow more intently to talk to the kids about it and we often graph the medal counts, so it is more educational than interest on my behalf.

Leading up to any Olympic event there is always sporting events in different countries for athletes to ‘warm up’ if you will. Shanghai was host to such an event 2 weeks ago. I never bought tickets, or really knew it was occurring until a co-worker invited me to the event when her husband could not attend. I thought I would go since this would be the closest I would ever get to an Olympic hopeful. John being away it was also good to get out and have some company. Plans were set for Saturday evening to attend the Shanghai Diamond League. It had been hot and sunny all week with temperatures hovering around 30*c. Saturday I awoke to heavy cloud,  rain and a chilly 19*c. Not knowing much about the event or location, other than it being at Shanghai Stadium, a location where my favourite reality show the Amazing Race had been to do a challenge.  Anne called midafternoon to change our leaving time, not to cancel, so I assumed the event was indoors.

Leaving the house I layered up to keep warm and dry and got a little soggy on the short walk to Thumb Plaza. Dripping wet we grabbed a quick bite at the Korean restaurant and then to the metro for our night out. We exited the station to a light mist and passed many vendors selling plastic rain coats, umbrellas and binoculars. We found our way to our seats, 5th row and close to the finish line. I now realised there was no roof, it was an open air stadium. It is times like this you appreciate the Sky Dome (now Roger’s Centre) for a retractable roof. It was OK since the rain had now stopped and I had a rain jacket and many warm layers on. It had rained hard for most of the day, so we assumed the rain had passed.

We were surprised the stadium was not that full and Anne figured most people would come later since China’s top hurdler would be running and that was the last race of the night. Sure enough as time went on the stadium filled more and more. Our 5th row seats turned out not to be as good as they sounded… just in front of us was the camera men on a platform, so our view was partly covered and we no longer could see the finish line. Then the rain started again as a light mist. If we had the cheap seats we would have had a partial roof to help keep us dry. Oh well, we did have a great view of the women’s high jump and that was pretty exciting. It came down to 2 competitors that were tied, but the rain started heavier and they became more hesitant. Once it started to pour, and this is China where they LOVE umbrellas, umbrellas popped open all around us, so again our 5th row became a hinderance as all we could see was colourful umbrellas and none of the events. 2 nice gentlemen noticed we only had on rain coats, and Anne’s did not have a hood, so they loaned us their umbrella as the steady, drenching rain hammered down. The races slowed down considerably and men with ginormous squeegees tried to move the water off the track before each race and between laps. It wasn’t helping. Many people left and our view was clear again. Anne, a big sports fan, finally had dampening spirits (ha ha) and said OK one more race then we will go. As we left I noticed most people had left their seats and huddled near the back where the roof overhang provided some escape from the rain.  After all their Olympic hopeful was up soon.

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Getting a taxi in the rain is never easy and we lucked out as someone was just getting dropped off as we exited the gate. If we had waited I am sure we would not have been so lucky. Inside a nice warm taxi we headed back home and I had plans to snuggle up in a my nice warm bed and let the rain lull me to sleep.

It was a fun evening, but it certainly didn’t win me over to become a sports lover… 😉

So will you watch the Olympics this summer?

Stay tuned for more next time….

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