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My neighborhood via phone

12 Mar

Last weekend we had unseasonably warm weather on Saturday. The temperatures pushed into the 80s (above 30 degrees C) and as I walked back from yoga I started snapping photos of the walk. People were in the streets, enjoying the warmth, but still not quite believing it would be this warm in March. Laundry was everywhere drying in the sun – winter coats, thick quilts and all manner of clothing which we joking say is the “national flag of China” because it is more prevalent than the Chinese flag.

The fountain in Xintiandi park by my yoga studio

The fountain in Xintiandi park by my yoga studio

Spring coming - the green leaves are sprouting (hope that our cold snap immediately after this doesn't cause too much damage)

Spring coming – the green leaves are sprouting (hope that our cold snap immediately after this doesn’t cause too much damage)

Hanging laundry with high rises in the background

Hanging laundry with high rises in the background

This storefront really caught my attention - the bright colors caught my eye first and then the contents started spilling out.  There are balls and basins, hula hoops and chamber pots.  Truly a store with a little of everything!

This storefront really caught my attention – the bright colors caught my eye first and then the contents started spilling out. There are balls and basins, hula hoops and chamber pots. Truly a store with a little of everything!

A typical street - with apartments viewed right in the background

A typical street – with apartments viewed right in the background

The temple nearby - all of the little windows open on the second floor made me smile.

The temple nearby – all of the little windows open on the second floor made me smile.

The constant construction doesn't stop for the sunshine either.

The constant construction doesn’t stop for the sunshine either.

A final look of the beautiful Saturday out of my kitchen window.

A final look of the beautiful Saturday out of my kitchen window.

My neighborhood is a neighborhood of contrasts – high rise apartment buildings facing two story blocks without indoor plumbing and constant construction passed by expensive cars.  In my daily walk to work I see it all – as long as I stop to look.  Since I was looking for potential photos on this walk I especially noticed the wall of the temple where all of the second story windows were propped open to catch the breeze and warmth.  I don’t remember seeing that before.

Because of the construction and contrast my neighborhood is constantly changing.  If I am away for a week, I notice new things – which is part of why I feel documenting my neighborhood is so important.

This happens to link with the weekly photo challenge this week, with a focus of neighborhood.  They also challenged me to use only my phone for the photos.  My phone (which was a present last August) has been a constant source of new photos and inspiration for me is a great way to catch photos and be more inconspicuous than pulling out a big camera.  If you’d like to see how others define neighborhood, feel free to click the link and view other great shots!

What is your neighborhood?  Which shot of my neighborhood do you enjoy the most?  I have to admit, the shot of the store with everything from hula hoops to chamber pots definitely made me smile.

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