This week’s theme for WP is FRESH. I could use some fresh air… living in a large city which has issues with pollution it is something we all wish for. The thick smoggy air blocks out the clouds and blue skies, something most of us would take for granted. Due to smog, rain and fog over the last 7 weeks we have seen full on bright sun only 4-6 days. The less than fresh air has lead to another cold and sinus infection. Down right depressing.
As the saying goes April showers bring May flowers, where in Shanghai it must be February and March showers. The beautiful magnolia tree, outside my building, started to bud just the other day. I thought about capturing its progress and here is the first shot.
March 12th first buds. Spring is finally coming!
….. 6 days later you can tell what colour they will be. We just need some sun and warmth.
March 18th they are opening! Not long now.
Finally temperatures started to rise and become seasonal. We have also had a longer winter and over the last 4-6 weeks below average temperatures. However, change is in the air. One day this past week we even peaked at 18c a few degrees above normal. Finally! Look what it did!
March 20th after 2 warm days they have started to open, but today is a bit chilly. Happy to stay closed a little longer.
Then today a glorious day with subtle sunshine, but 17c and I captured this. Full bloom. Fresh flowers and sunny days give me energy and lift my spirits. I am suddenly feeling re’freshed’ and have a ‘spring’ in my step.
March 22…. we did it.
What makes you feel energised?
Rain rain go away…
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 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.
Categories: Tourist in My Own Town, travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
Tags: Bastet's Pixelventures, heavy rain, Hong Kong, photo challenge, rain, Shanghai, spring, Spring Activity, sun
This week Bastet’s Pixleventures asked us to show our mood. Spring always lifts my mood as the fragrance from flowers fill the air and the sun feels warm on my face. In Shanghai spring is slowly drifting in. What better example of spring than these beautiful tulips we bought last weekend from our local flower guy on the street.
We Drink Because We Are Poets hosts this weekly challenge and encourages us at verse as well as pics. This week I tried my hand at both.
I posted another Tourist in My Town look at SKYLINE earlier today. If you missed it you can check it out here.
Categories: Photography, Tourist in My Own Town
Tags: Bastet's Pixelventures, flowers, Mood, photography, poem, Post a Week, spring, Tourist in My Own Town, Tulips, Weekly Photo Challenge
Word Press has set COLOUR as the theme this week while Ailsa has set PALE. I have decided to mingle the two themes since they can go hand in hand.
Blossom from Japanese Cherry tree
Bright Blossom and Pale Sky
Giant Easter Eggs
Orchids at Kerry
Instead of delving into the archives I took these photos Saturday and Sunday locally. The Easter Eggs and Orchids were taken at the Kerry Parkside Mall/Hotel here in Shanghai and the blossoms here in our apartment complex.
The mix of pale and vibrant colours are in each picture.
- photo one: a pale pink blossom and pale weak spring sunshine
- photo two: bright fuchsia pink blossoms against a pale baby blue sky
- photo three: brightly coloured Easter Eggs complimented with pale pastels
- photo four: pale white and yellow orchids set against rich chocolate brown wood
Join in the fun or see more examples by clicking the links above.
Stay tuned… next week I will post more on our trip to Beijing.
Categories: Photography, post a week, Weekly Photo Challenge
Tags: blossoms, color, colour, easter eggs, flowers, Kerry Parkside Shanghai, orchids, pale, postaday, Shanghai, spring, sun, sunshine
“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
We have had 3 seasons in a fortnight. Just 2 weeks ago we had temps 25-29c; unseasonable. We went to more spring like temps around 16-18c until the temperatures plunged to around 5c. Brrr feels like winter again. The damp chill settled back in and the winds picked up to force you to dig to the back of the closet again and find the warm wooly sweaters that I thought I could pack away until next year.
The blossoms had been out in full force, but the cold temperatures have made some of them fall, wilt or turn brown. The promise of spring has been forgotten for now, but some hardy blossoms have held on. Hopefully soon the chill will move on and spring will be back. One thing about spring it always brings new life and hope of better things to come.
What is the weather been like in your neighbourhood?
Stay tuned for more…
Categories: Photography, post a week
Tags: blossoms, brrr, China, magnolia blossoms, nature, outdoors, photography, Post a Week, promise of spring, Shanghai, spring, weather, weather change
This past week in Shanghai we had a taste of Spring. The winter season is shorter here and milder temperatures can come as early as mid-February. I enjoy the promise of spring, the longer days and warm sunshine.
Here are some dried flowers that I found in a garden when I was home in Canada this past December. It held on and is waiting for the return of spring.
The original shot
focal black and white
I played with a photography program and tried different effects with the same shot. Which is your favourite?
Stay tuned …