As you might know, or after this you'll know, that I live in Malaysia. A country where we only bother about the weather forecasts to find out if it's going to rain or not. Guessing the temperature is no competition because nobody even bothers about it, and relative humidity, dew point and pollen warnings invite whatareyoutalkingabout one eyebrow raises from the locals.
Living in a country so close to the Equator means that we are always relatively in constant distance from the sun, hence the hot and humid weather all year round. That being said, there is almost no wrong time for foreigners and tourists to come visit Malaysia (except for certain rainy and flood seasons in the East Coasts) and have a good time outside the hotel, basking in the warm rays of the sun regardless whether it's January or June.
But the constantly similar weather all year round has its drawbacks. Winter and/or snowfall in Malaysia can be said as impossible and highly improbable, that if it happens people would think the end of the world has come. Autumn is not seasonal, since leaves fall whenever they dry up and die regardless of what time of the year it is (except for maybe some species of plants brought into the country from outside). Summer is translated as seasonal drought in certain areas, and dry spells bring haze from neighboring countries. The only seasons we care about are fruit seasons, especially the durian, because it's then that we can see the roadside hawkers line up on rural roadsides trying to sell off their truckload piles of hotel-and-airlines-banned King of Fruits.
The lack of a winter season means that I can no longer take the kinds of snow and/or ice photos that I used to love taking back when I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
And so, as a reminiscence, and also as a way to share with you the photos that I used to take back when I used an old Sony Cybershot DSC-P71, below are some of my random icy cold shots of random things around the North Campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, about three years ago (was previously blogged in this entry).
Icicles on the wheel
Not a white sakura tree, but a crystal frozen tree.
... and the jungle of ice behind it
There are more where these came from, which will be shared in future posts, God-willing. Give me a shout-out if you somehow like any of my old random shots .