This is not the best photo I’ve taken. This is not a photo I took recently. This is a statement about the city in which I live, my city, Jakarta.
We are experiencing a particularly bad rainy season this year…although I have nothing to which I could compare it as I’ve only been here six months. Today, it flooded so badly in Jakarta that the city’s government and the nation’s government have declared the highest level of flood threat.
My school has been shut down for tomorrow in light of the distance that many of our students drive each morning to attend takes them right through massively flooded areas. My wife spent seven hours…seven hours…in a car trying to get from where we live to North Jakarta and back. Halfway there, the flooding was so bad that kids in rafts were floating past her car on the toll road. Our school’s driver decided to turn around and it took him three and a half hours to get back.
There are thousands, tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands (it is a city of 20-some million people) of people are out of their homes tonight because there is too much water in their homes. There are homes that have been erased by this flood. There are, reportedly, people who have died in this flood.
The boat, above, is maybe the best place for many people tonight because it’s on top of the water, not under it.
It rained last night. Then, God turned on Photoshop and switched the world to the sepia filter. My wife called to me to come look outside. The whole world was bathed in a brown-orange-golden glow. It was like stepping out of my apartment into an aging photograph.
The only thing I adjusted was curves and levels, for better contrast.
I love rainy foggy misty days…
…do you believe me?
Because you shouldn’t. I hate these days. I never know where to go on these crappy days. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s..aww…it’s just crud. I can’t wait until they’re over.
Oh, and Photo Friday this week is Rain.
Yesterday, apparently, was the last day of joy in the Lower Mainland. It was sunny and cold and beautiful. The sunset (check last night’s post) was gorgeous. Today?
Today, the temperature dropped. Wet slush fell from the sky. It’s currently raining so hard that I have to turn up the television. The Lower Mainland’s winter has started.
Oh, hi. It’s been raining here a bit, and when it stops the rain leaves all of these little orphaned droplets behind. Some of the plants in my front yard have been adopting these little orphans and displaying them in such a lovely way.
BTW, I’m feeling a bit silly this evening. Hooray for weird.
Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/80 sec.