By Marco Wirasinghe,Director of Mobile and Emerging Products
Checking the weather is part of our daily routine, but who says it has to be routine? For most of us, getting the weather is a moment of anticipation, it’s the memory of a great place we’ve traveled to, or it’s even a topic of conversation with a total stranger. Weather is so much more than a forecast of reading numbers and charts.
Today, we’re sharing the Yahoo! Weather App for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch – a window into the places you care about. We’ve brought together beautiful images from our Flickr community to show you current local conditions, with all the details you want to know about the forecast. Instead of reading the weather, you can SEE the weather.
Inside you’ll find stunning snapshots of weather around the world. With a tilt of your phone, get lost scrolling through photos reflecting the current weather in places that matter to you. We like to think of it as flipping through a stack of postcards from your travels. It’s easy to get the details. Tap the temperature for a quick view of the forecast or scroll down for precipitation, wind and pressure, a radar map, and more.
Our goal is to have amazing photos for every weather condition that cover the globe — morning, afternoon, and night — across every city in the world, and we want your help. Whether you’re simply a daydreamer or an avid photographer, submit photos of your favorite places to our Flickr Group and your image can be seen by tens of millions in Yahoo! Weather for iPhone. For more details, please go to Project Weather’s page on Flickr.
Yahoo! Weather for iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch is launching internationally in 30 languages, available for free on the App Store.
Sometimes, something as simple as seeing the weather can be inspiring.
Last Flickr Friday we asked you to show us your best face on film for the theme Portrait Perfect.
We loved the variety of shots you turned out this week, from reflected self portraits, a Darth Vader cameo, and some photos that took a more artistic approach. Check out all the contributions in the Flickr Friday group pool, and stay tuned for our next theme that we’ll announce bright and early on Friday!
The City of Indio in Southern California’s Colorado Desert beckons concert lovers annually with the Coachella Music Festival, an event introduced in 1999. Lineups of emerging and established artists featured cover all sorts of musical genres and perform amid installation art. This year, a crowd of over 80,000 attendees joined, or will join, the revelry of this two-weekend showcase of 177 listed performers.
“Two large explosions, just 50 yards apart, went off shortly before 3pm ET, more than four hours into the [Boston Marathon]. One of the explosions happened near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel, in Copley Square. The blast scattered hundreds of onlookers and runners, and left a bloody scene of injured spectators.” – Yahoo! News
Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragedy, and we hope everyone is able to get in touch with loved ones that were watching or running in the race.
Drenched with about 500 inches of rainfall every year, Kauai’s Mount Waialeale is considered one of the rainiest locations our world has to offer and hosts the “Wall of Tears.” It’s named for featuring thin, long waterfalls inside a crater wall of dense foliage. The spot isn’t easily accessed, so helicopters fly over and around the region to catch a glimpse of its beauty. The extreme precipitation routinely blocks visibility with clouds that hug the landscape tightly. But as you can see here, few photographers got lucky during their helicopter rides, giving us a peek at phenomenal Hawaiian tropical scenery.
“I want people to take a moment from their crazy lives and live in these imaginary, dreamlike worlds I’ve created,” says photography student Nico Nordström, known on Flickr as Nico Nordström.
“Because that’s what my work has done for me,” she tells The Weekly Flickr in this week’s episode. “It’s been an escape — healing me in more ways than I can describe.”
Nico knew she wanted to become a photographer since the first time she held a camera. She would spend hours as a child inside Houston’s art museums, focusing on lighting and composition. Afterwards, she’d go home and set up little photo shoots with her Barbies, using disposable cameras and house lamps for lighting.
“I fell in love with photography,” she says, “And knew if I wanted to become successful, the only way would be through hard work, dedication and practice.”
Nico is inspired by surrealism and conceptual photography. However, she also seeks to personify emotions and feelings through her work, specifically grief, death and loss — which stems from a very difficult time in her life.
In December of 2010, her best friend, Louis Yonich (captured in the photo below), of 10 years unexpectedly passed away. Nico was 20 years old at the time and didn’t know how to cope with such a tragic loss.
“Having somebody who you always expect to be there… to just be gone,” she says, “It was completely shocking, very surreal. Nothing felt real to me anymore. I felt like I was living in another world.”
Nico poured everything she was feeling into her photography. She felt like it was a very safe place to go, and ultimately would be a constructive way to handle her grief.
“Creating worlds provided a cathartic escape for me,” she said, “There’s something so special about seeing something in your head and then seeing it in front of you. It’s one thing to create a world in post production, but to be able to live in it — even if it’s just for a few hours — it’s beautiful.”
Thus began Nico’s “labor of love” as she put her mind, body and soul into her work. Nico planned huge and elaborate productions in her sketchbook. She taught herself how to sew and began creating handmade costumes and props for her characters. Being a poor college student, she’d often sacrifice food money in order for her vision to come alive. With the help of others she built sets, had her friends pose as muses, and spent many sleepless hours shooting and editing her proofs.
One of Nico’s favorite photos is The Unreachable Goal. It was inspired by the chaos in her life upon returning to school after Louis’ death.
“I was balancing everything,” she says, “And to deal with school on top of dealing with life felt impossible and completely unreachable.”
Nico made the dress in the photo and borrowed an old desk from her parents’ house. Together with her friends, she lugged everything into the forest, positioned her model horizontally on a bar stool, and threw papers around. “We definitely got a lot of confused looks from runners and dog walkers that day,” she says.
Photography has healed Nico and helped her come to terms with her grief. But more importantly, it’s helped her honor her best friend, Louis.
“The last conversation he and I had, I was seriously considering changing my major to something a little more practical,” Nico says. “Louis told me no and encouraged me to stick with photography because he thought I was good. When he passed away, pursuing photography had a bigger meaning for me.”
Nico says Louis was obsessed with dragonflies, and to thank him she hides dragonflies in some of her pictures, like in her If Winter Ends series.
Nico hopes when people look at her work, it helps heal them as well.
“I feel that my pictures reflect the different stages of grief but it also shows the beauty that comes out of it,” she says. “When something awful happens, the only thing you can do is try to spread love and happiness and beauty to everyone around you.”
Do you want to be featured on The Weekly Flickr? We are looking for your photos that amaze, excite, delight and inspire. Share them with us in the The Weekly Flickr Group or tweet us at #theweeklyflickr.
Last Flickr Friday we asked you to share everything Britsh with your interpretation of London Calling.
We know this was a tough one and even more so if you didn’t happen to be in London. Nevertheless, we were impressed with the many motives you came up with. From the typical London phone booths, tea time, union jacks and quite literally phone calls from London. We hope you enjoyed the exploration. Check out all the contributions in the Flickr Friday group pool, and stay tuned for our next Flickr Friday theme that we’ll announce in just a couple of hours!
This famous mountain range features plenty of steep granite peaks and temples nestled in the landlocked Chinese province of Anhui. And thanks to the Tang Dynasty, stone pathways and bridges were initially built around the 8th century to help visitors access a variety of its breathtaking views of precariously positioned pine trees and unique cliffs. Countless traditional poems and ink paintings have been created in appreciation of this location, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.
Out of all the cloud types, only one kind derives from the Latin term for “udder”: Mammatus clouds. And when you see them, this meteorological name makes a whole lot of sense. They billow downwards in a pattern of distinctive lumpiness that peg them as fascinating subjects to photograph. Keep tuned in to weather reports for thunderstorms, because these puffy clouds usually indicate intense storms to come and you might find a rare opportunity to capture them.
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