This is my impression of the Grand Canyon.
This is how it looks like in my dreams!
One day, I would also like to see the canyon filled with fogs too!
Where we live, Summer is long, especially so with the global warming.
It seems we only have two seasons, Summer and Winter!
Performing their acrobatic act, dangle off the wire with one hand and somersault down onto the trees below.
One photo here shows a baby monkey dangling off the wire, playing around with another baby monkey who offered its hand, gripping on the other’s leg.
So, it is Summer.
Well, they never seem to have any worries for not having enough food.
PS The photos are not particularly sharp, as they were taken with my compact camera which is the only camera I have with a zoom. The movements of the monkey and the vibration of the wire all add to the blur.
We were loitering on the bank of the waterway in Okayama. Japan.
This café looked particularly attractive, with its walls cladded in green leaves.
This instantly reminded me of another café I have come across in Hokkaido.
Again, the walls were covered with vines and leaves.
Are there any other cafes in other parts of the world which look like these?
This post contains 11 photos of beautiful lotus flowers.
We were travelling with the wind.
At the start of our trip, the hurricane Neoguri was ahead of us. We flew over and past the super typhoon.
I like the mix of the pink flowers and the green leaves.
Yes, we may not have a bright day when flowers bloom and robins sing, but who cares, God has given me another perspective – a totally different view of the lotus pond, battered lotus which still retained their beautiful colors and together with the buds and the leaves, they were just magnificent.
It was like a sea of flowers.
Who wouldn’t want to have sunny days when everything go smoothly, but I must be grateful that the Lord has allowed me another beautiful day.
Maybe, I will come back another time, another weather!
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In my previous post, I have shown an overview of the footbridge which is ranked the third most beautiful bridge in Japan.
The water below the bridge was running fast – I imagine that the speed will increase with torrential rain. A lot of armour rocks were laid underneath the bridge to protect the bridge pier and foundations.
Hope this post is not too technical; I may post more on the aesthetic side of the bridge in due course!
The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”. It opened in 1937 and had, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m).
This groups of bridges took 10 years to build and was completed in 1988.
There is no doubt in my mind that the elder sister looks more aesthetically attractive, despite the age!
I can tell you that this is not Monet’s Japanese footbridge , maybe not one that inspired Monet.
However, this was the first thing came to mind, when I saw this footbridge in the Ritsurin Gardens in ShikokThis footbridge, although offers a curve profile like the one in Monet’s painting, has quite a few intermittent column supports, whereas the Monet’s footbridge has a column free arch superstructure.
Unfortunately, there were also no water lilies near to the footbridge. However, there were a few big koi swimming around, which added to the atmosphere.
For comparison, I am also posting a sepia version of this footbridge.
It is my dream that one day, I will visit Giverny where Monet designed and built his Japanese footbridge. For a moment, I will live in the impressionist world of water, lilies, footbridge and to see this fusion of East and west in person!
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The challenger’s theme for this week is “Containers“.
On my recent trip to Japan, one of the destinations was to visit the Okayama Waterway.
I was particularly interested in window shopping at this pottery shop which contains all sorts of containers, from vases, bowls to kettles and plates etc. They are all nicely displayed.
This is a photo taken at Cappadocia, in front of an earthen ware shop.
The last photo was taken in a restaurant in Turkey.
Mounted on the walls were some shelves which were full of glass containers.
Inside the containers were pickles and many types of preserved fruits and vegetables. This is the first time I have seen so many jars with colors!
The Overview below is lifted form the Wikipedia:
The monument is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, itself in the city of Hiroshima. Designed by native artists Kazuo Kikuchi and Kiyoshi Ikebe, the monument was built using money derived from a fund-raising campaign by Japanese school children including Sadako’s classmates, with the main statue entitled “Atomic Bomb Children” being unveiled on May 5, the Japanese Children’s Day holiday. Sadako is immortalized at the top of the statue, where she holds a crane. Thousands of origami cranes from all over the world are offered around the monument on a daily basis, with ancient Japanese tradition holding that one who folds a thousand cranes can have one wish granted. They serve as a sign that the children who make them and those who visit the statue desire a world without nuclear war, having been tied to the statue by the story that Sadako died from radiation-induced leukemia after folding just under a thousand cranes, wishing for world peace. However, an exhibit which appeared in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stated that by the end of August, 1955, Sadako had achieved her goal and continued to fold more cranes. Unfortunately, her wish was not granted; she died of the leukemia on October 25, 1955.
Beneath the main structure lies a bronze crane that works as a wind chime when pushed against a traditional peace bell from which it is suspended, the two pieces having been donated by Nobel Laureate in Physics Hideki Yukawa.
At the base of the monument is a black marble slab on which is inscribed in Japanese:
The message at the base slab is loud and clear – let’s pray for peace in the world!
ps The crane has a special meaning in the Chinese and Japanese cultures. The child at the top is holding a crane and within the dome, there is also a golden crane. The crane symbolises long life, immorality, health, fortune,and peace.