~ These images were made at around 8 am on Tuesday, 1 December, 2015. Winter's arrival is three weeks away, but the chill, frozen snow and atmosphere are wintry enough to qualify.
Looking out the 8th floor windows of my Beijing apartment, it was the thickest, most intense air pollution that I've ever seen in my life, in Beijing or elsewhere.
No magpies or sparrows have been observed during the past five hours, which is unprecedented.
Fatalistic students and local residents go about their business without masks, including jogging and vigorously playing basketball to lessen stress.
As this is the lowest visibility during my 17 years in Beijing, I'll remain indoors all day, as there's enough food.
As there's a trip report in progress, this is ample incentive to dedicate the entire day to uploading images and accompanying verse.
These images underscore my eagerness to return to the blue skies of Leopard Hills next month for the abundant wildlife sightings and dips in the plunge pool!