Friday, April 11, 2014

Pure Winter - Polar Vortex Images

It was an eerily still and quiet Sunday evening in Chicago; the snow covered streets were lifeless, the temperature fell far below zero and the bitter cold lassoed the town, bringing the City of Shoulders to its knees.

The photos in this post were taken on January 5th, 2014, the beginning phase of the, now famous and, soon to be, historical, Polar Vortex.  Braving the (negative) -15 degree weather was fueled by a combination of cabin fever and the potential photo ops seen through an insulated living room window. Some may call the venture courageous but most will probably call it crazy because it was UNMERCIFULLY COLD!

The amazingly warm waterproof down ski jacket and pants accompanied with snow boots, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves and the face mask that I wore was not much of a match against the Polar Vortex cold.  

A few images were captured while I withstood the bitter cold but after a short period of time, I lost the fight to numbing fingers and, literally, ran back into my warm and cozy little house. 

Thawing, as I wiped the ice from the lens of my X500 and brushed off the snow, I thought about the homeless and the fact that some were without shelter, lying on the ice cold ground, one dirty blanket away from freezing to death.  They have no where to go, no warm house to run to and sleeping under a bridge or in an alley way is no where to be (especially not while the city is in the grip of a volatile Polar Vortex). 

Many of us forget the big difference that the little things in life can make.  In this Photo Therapy post, I urge everyone to cherish all that they have and give what they can to help others.  The small difference(s) you make can positively impact someone’s life in a great way. 
Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex by Earolyn Criativa

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Resource(s) Recognition:
1). The image of the Polar Vortex engulfing the Earth, used in the digitally designed poem“Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex,” was found through a Google image search that led to:

2) The image of the homeless person lying on the sidewalk was found through a Google image search that led to: