Creativity Tuesday: Monsoons


Search that hashtag and you are bound to see (you’ll definitely see) some of the beauty that monsoon season brings to Tucson, Arizona. This is of course assuming you’re searching this hashtag during the season, July-September (ish). Everyone talked a lot about this season when I first arrived in the city, and having finally experienced the crazy storms, I can see why! Monsoon season brings so much beauty into the area, so when I came across this local Tucson photographer and his picture, I HAD to highlight it for Creativity Tuesday

If you’ve been hanging around English Outside the Box’s learning blog for a while, you know what this recurring theme is all about, it is the 4th time I’ve shared some awesome photos. If you haven’t seen them, then check them out here, here, and here.

If you are a regular, I am happy to have you back and I love your consistent following and support ♥ Scroll past these #creativitytuesday instructions and let your inspiration start flowing!

If you are new, welcome…welcome! We hope you stick around and add to the amazing community of English lovers and learners. Here is the scoop (the details) of Creativity Tuesday:

  • feel free to write about whatever the picture inspires within you
  • if you feel stuck, scroll past the image, and on the bottom of each post, you can read a bit more about the photo. You can practice reading and writing with this section of the post, and once you’ve read, you can respond to your thoughts of it. This will give you even more writing practice, or a jump start if you aren’t feeling too inspired.
  • I encourage you to share your writing, as a way to receive feedback. There are plenty of ways to do it, so here are some of the ways you can share your writing with me (and others):
    • Start sharing your Creativity Tuesday posts on your own blogs and linking it back (“pingback”) to my post. When you link it back to the post, I will not only be able to see it, but I can add it to a resource link at the end of the blog. You gain more exposure for your site, receive feedback from me, and improve writing! It’s a triple score!!
    • Write your answer in the comment section to share with everyone! Allow others to comment and interact with you, and give yourself the opportunity to receive my feedback!
    • Share your text via social media and tag me! @jenesl760 You can write the file in a doc, PDF, or other format and upload it to your social media site (or include a link) to share with me and the world! That’s what social media is all about, right?!

“Storm Chasing” via Jonathan Mora

  • What do you see in this picture? Describe the weather in as much detail as possible
  • Describe any experience you’ve had with this kind of weather, is it common in your city?
  • The caption says, “storm chasing,” what do you think that means? How was this photo captured?
  • Write about how you’d feel being in this photo, do you enjoy weather like this? Do you find it frightening? Explain with as much detail as you can.

Remember the idea of this post is to improve creative writing, and to work on improving your writing fluency. With that said, take some time to think about the questions above before you respond, and before you read on to discover more about the picture. Think about some of your own prompts or topics, include these in the comment section to give others some new ideas, too. When you’re ready, scroll down to find out more about this photograph.


From Photographer, ‘Some Call Me Han’, check him out here:

This photo was taken in Green Valley, Arizona which is about 40 minutes south of Tucson, where the photographer was storm chasing. The lightening was captured so clearly by using a long exposure, allowing this extremely quick flash of light to be seen. ((You wouldn’t want to see my failed attempts at something like this!))

The lightening is often accompanied with loud, roaring thunder and a dark cloud-filled sky, which is a common part of Tucson’s life during Monsoon season, as I mentioned above. But what is a monsoon? As described by Arizona Experience, “the word monsoon is often used to describe a single thunderstorm, [although], now used to refer to a seasonal wind shift and the precipitation (rain) produced as a result. The word derives from the word mausin, Arabic for ‘season’ or ‘wind shift’.”  I encourage you to read more by clicking on the linked work (Arizona Experience) above, include this in your follow-up writing or if you weren’t feeling incredibly inspired today.

I am looking forward to seeing your thoughts, reading your responses, and connecting with you with this week’s Creativity Tuesday.

Happy Studying ♥

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