Part of my ongoing “say it in bicycles” series.
Took this shot through the car window with my iPhone 6 whilst entering a roundabout in Weinstadt.
Although I don’t know his history, I’m fairly certain he won’t jump.
Or, as I also like to call it… “All Day. Every Day.”
I’m the foley artist in this video. Finally putting some of my military training to work with trying to keep in step. Biggest success was not running into him.
He knows the names of things in both English and Mandarin. I mostly speak English to him, Shanshan is about half and half, and Lao Lao and Lao Ye mostly use Mandarin.
The video was taken with the back camera of my iPhone 6, and processed with Movie Maker.
Taken with my iPhone five days ago, on what was a beautiful blue-sky day.
Today, unfortunately, is not such a day. The aqi at the US Embassy is at 429 as I write this (the scale tops-out at 500), and I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets worse over the evening. (One note… the reading at the US Embassy is from just one site in a city with a municipality that is larger in area than Rhode Island… it is great as an indicator, and for historical comparisons, but shouldn’t be used as the definitive guide to Beijing’s air quality.)
During the winter months, steam is produced at plants throughout the city, and then piped to distribution centers, before going into dwellings. Unfortunately, these plants are coal-fired… and I don’t mean the “clean burning” type, either.
In addition, there are (usually poorer) households/communities that don’t get steam, and rely on heat by directly burning coal.
During these grey days, I do as most other Beijing people do: limited outside activity, wear a mask when outside, keep the windows and doors shut tight when at home, and look forward to the next big wind.
That said, I don’t dwell on it. It has been part of life during my eight years here, and is certainly not overshadowed by other things that I think make Beijing a wonderful place to live.
Photographed in front of some restaurants (including Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut branches) across the street from my apartment complex. I took the shot with my iPhone 4, and then spent a fair amount of time developing it with Lightroom (tight cropping, increase of contrast and clarity, decrease of vibrance and saturation, and spot removal).
And, for the record, I hate tomatoes.
This photo was taken with my iPhone 4. I think it is one of the clearest photographs I’ve taken with that device.
The grain is due to this being just a detail of the original. As usual, I developed the image using Lightroom.
San lun che means “three wheel vehicle”. So, these both could technically be called san lun ches. I guess they could also both be called tricycles. This never sounded quite right to me, which is why I’ve stuck with san lun che. I mean, who puts a steel beam or ice cream cooler on a tricycle?
As with the one in my previous post, this san lun che is gas powered. The chain and the right peddle are missing. I think that the flap behind the front wheel is a leftover from the winter months, and is more meant to shield the driver’s legs from cold wind and such then to act as a mud flap.
I took this shot with my iPhone 4, and was really unhappy with it. Amongst other things, the focus was way off. I had a good laugh when taking it, and thought it would be fun for folks to see, so I didn’t feel like just deleting it. Converting it to B&W, and tweaking it with Lightroom, seems to have saved it somewhat.
Lao Zu (Chong Chong’s maternal great-grandmother) moved into a retirement home over the May holiday. The home is located outside the Fifth Ring Road, but not yet to the Sixth.
We bundled into the car and went to visit her today. We took a break to take Chong Chong (in a stroller) up into the hills above the community, and into the cherry orchards and forest located there.
On the way up, outside a retaining wall for an apartment complex, was this sign.
Yet another surreal experience in the city that I, well, love.