There is Hope


I don’t know about you but I’m sick of winter. I don’t know why this winter was so particularly annoying but it was. We didn’t have a great deal of snow but the cold and the wind just continually would make things so unpleasant. As a three times plus a day dog walker, I got to feel the miserable weather so often.

This past weekend, things started to look up. We were up to 17 degrees for one day before the bottom fell out again. The long range forecast doesn’t look all that promising.

I ganged up on Wiarton Willie for a bad forecast on Facebook. It made me feel better for a bit but the next walk reaffirmed that spring was still a ways away.

Then, another stormageddon smacks Ontario this week.  Enough already.

That’s why I found this recent article from The Atlantic as a real spirit pickerupper.

It’s a collection of 33 photos from around the world. These are incredible images – the type I wish that I could take. It requires being in the right place at the right time with the right camera and the settings just right.

Enjoy it here.

Pictures to Perspective


Living in Southwestern Ontario, we do get our share of storms.  For the most part, you just hunker down and wait until it’s over.  The biggest inconvenience that I think we’ve ever had might be a power outage for a period of time.

Three years ago, a tornado hit the Leamington area.  It did some pretty terrible damage.  That’s the closest to being near such a storm that I’ve had.  Roughly a year later, a tornado tore through Huron County where I spent my childhood.  The powerful storm ripped through Goderich and Benmiller.

These were horrible storms and yet these pale in comparison to the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

The Atlantic, this week, posted a photo essay that really puts the damage from the tsunami in perspective.  Click here to see the imagery.  The first image that you’ll see is a combo before/after image.  The rest of the images on the page are also before/after images.

Witness the first picture after the storm.  Then, click on the image to see the image fade to a similar shot from today.

It’s such a powerful use of images and technology.  It really helps to visualize the power of a tsunami.

How else could you use this technique?

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