For this week come back to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge, I decided to pick some picture that had somewhat expressive clouds, even though the color version of them didn’t look too dramatic.
Then, while editing the images to remove the color, and adjusting contrast and brightness, I was amazed by how much more drama I could get on them. Especially on the second one.
My husband and I are both Brazilians living in the US for about 12 years.
Meaning we’re foreigners everywhere.
In the US because it is not and it will never be the place we grew up, where we find the culture that is so deep-rooted on us that will never go completely away, regardless of how long we’ve been far from it.
On the first years we were also easy to spot in the cold, or even mild, weather days because we would be the ones dressed with the biggest amount of layers. Any sign of cold, we would be covered head to toes. In snow even worse!
But also in Brazil, where the very same culture that is so deep-rooted starts been seeing from the distance, hence, having some aspects of it questioned.
And the weather, oh the weather, becomes soooooo foreign after 12 years. Having got used to the mild temperatures of the American Pacific Northwest (and even dropped a few layers), every time we go to Brazil now we feel like melting. Too hot, too humid, too uncomfortable.
For our kids it’s the opposite. They were born here, natives of the PN, so if we, who were born and raised in Rio, feel like melting when we go back home, they get to the point of stopping having fun.
This picture was taken about a year and a half ago, on the last time we visited Brazil. In a hot hot afternoon, we decided to go for a walk in the park that goes around my mom’s apartment building and at some point our then 3 1/2-year-old had to stop, sit at a tree shadow and drink lots of water. And she would say:
Mommy, here’s too hot. I have to wear a pony tail all the time because it’s too hot. I like cold.
I live on a place that, like Loz Koleszko describes on his blog, can be called Rainylands.
Yep, you guessed it right, it’s in the US Pacific Northwest.
Well… but although there are looooots of rainy day around here, it’s not EVERY day.
The city of Seattle gets less rain than many other cities in the country, but the region as a whole gets much more. Some cities that are part of the Seattle metro area have an annual precipitation rate of average 65 inches, making them the top rainiest cities in the country.
In regards to cloudy vs. sunny days, Seattle gets an average of 71 sunny days a year, mostly between May and September. Then, during the rest of the year (between October and May), six out of every seven days are mostly or partly cloudy. And that’s why Seattle can be said to get the least amount of annual sunlight compared to all major cities in the lower-48 states, and that’s also why there are a huge incidence of Vitamin D deficiency in the region.
We are now between May and September, right? So we were actually just about to beat our own 1951’s record of consecutive days without any rain. The record was 51 days. We made it to 48!
The past month and a half we had gorgeous sunny and warm days.
So much that my sister got dehydrated and suffered from a few other symptoms of excess heat and sun exposure, which, coming from Rio de Janeiro, she sure didn’t expect to get in this rainy part of the world.
Then, yesterday the day was very cloudy and even a bit chilly. It was one of those days that laziness attacks and all you want to do is to be at home doing nothing. With 2 little kids, this is though task, as they get easily bored and start bothering you. But that’s exactly what we did yesterday afternoon. Nothing, got bored and bothered…
But then it rained.
Rain came during the night, when we were all asleep, so we woke up to see very happy lawn and trees and bushes, but also a bit of sunlight that was coming back after the rain has stopped.