It was cold and we were up in the mountains of Yunnan, China.
Our trip brought us to the Napa Lake; but at this time of the year, the lake was totally dry so that you can walk on the lake bottom.
As the extent of the lake was immense, horses were available for renting out.
We walked the lake and felt the immensity of the place.
Walking back we noted these three girls, who looked after the horses, were in a dialogue.
Their costumes and colors have prompted me taking this picture.
Of course, I never knew what they were chatting about!
The theme for this week’s challenge is quite a difficult one.
Are we suppose to show on one picture Dialogue or are we to show two pictures the subject matter of which are talking to each other.
From a cursory search, I decided to post this photo.
Are the two elephants in Botswana having a dialogue?
I don’t know but they are an intelligent animal!
Again, photo the courtesy of Jennie, my sister-in-law.
I have been showing some night views of the seaside promenade in Hong Kong.
This image was taken in about the same location; but before the sun actually set.
Silhouettes of trees, people resting, skyline of part of the city is the main theme.
The sun was going down before it completely disappeared from the horizon – it cast an immense reflection in the sea.
This restful picture was taken by my friend CP Chan to which the credit is due.
I have been showing carefully sculpted Trees in Japanese gardens.
Here is a photo showing trees in nature silhouetted against a colorful sunset.
The photo was taken by my sister-in-law Jennie while travelling in Botswana to whom the credit is due.
Trees and sunsets are my favorite topic.
What a wonderful sight! Something that I wouldn’t hesitate to share.
This post features trees the image of which I have taken in my recent trip to the Ritsurin Garden, Japan.
They are ‘sculpting’ trees. Japanese have taken great efforts to sculpt them so that they look like works of art and not just part of nature.
I am not aware of any better description of these trees than those given in the Wikipedia which I am reproducing below in italics:
Niwaki is the Japanese word for “garden trees”. Niwaki is also a descriptive word for highly ‘sculpting trees’.
Most varieties of plants used in Japanese Gardens are called niwaki. These trees help to create the structure of the garden. Japanese gardens are not about using large range of plants, rather it is about creating atmosphere or ambiance. The technique of niwaki is more about what to do with a tree than the tree itself. While Western gardeners enjoy experimenting with a wide range of different plants, Japanese gardeners experiment through training and shaping a relatively limited set of plants.
Trees play a key role in the gardens and landscapes of Japan as well as being of important spiritual and cultural significance to its people. Fittingly, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques meant to coax out the essential characters of niwaki. Niwaki are often cultivated to achieve some very striking effects: trees are made to look older than they really are with broad trunks and gnarled branches; trees are made to imitate wind-swept or lightning-struck trees in the wild; Cryptomeria japonica specimens are often pruned to resemble free-growing trees.
Some designers are using zoke (miscellaneous plants) as well as the niwaki to create a more “natural” mood to the landscape. Most traditional garden designers still rely primarily on the rarefied niwaki palette. The principles of niwaki may be applied to garden trees all over the world and are not restricted to Japanese Gardens.
This is the sort of photo which I don’t take.
However, this is the sort of photo I would like to post.
This is, again, another photo from my friend CP Chan.
The photo was taken again at the fishing rafts in Hong Kong; with the fishing net, mountains and sea as backdrop.
It shows, a dead fish abandoned within the net.
Clearly, my friend is more diverse in his subject of photography and has sharp eyes and inquisitive mind.
Do I have to introduce this photo?
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . the glorious sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.