My last post shows the gold / yellow / orange foliage at Hong Luo (Red Snail) Temple at Beijing.
A couple of blogging friends requested to view pictures showing the snail stone carving in more detail.
Near the main entrance of the temple, there are a pair of big red snails – made from concrete and colored red.
I rather like the stone carved snails. In this picture, you will see some carved snails, some on top of the parapet posts. In the background, again, there are foliage leaves of various colors; although they are not the main subject in focus.
Also shown above is a picture of more foliage leaves and stone carved snails at the temple.
Please enjoy !
This week, Ed’s challenge is Trees / Fall Colors.
My eyes were dazzled by the colors as I was viewing the trees/ leaves against bright sunlight at Hung Luo Temple, Beijing about this time last year.
The whole picture was filled with colored foliage, some in gold, yellow and also orange too.
The trees seemed to have dominated the whole picture. Not so noticeable in the picture are parts of the roofs of and entrance to the temple, some steps up to the temple and a stone carved snail (this explains the name of the temple - red snail temple). However, unless you were there, the details are some small to be discernible.
The Autumn leaves were indeed a feast for the eyes!
The mountains of China have long been places of great inspiration; their potent energy and deep quietude provide a perfect place for meditation.
Up in the uplands of Yunnan, China, we found this mountain of great beauty. A beauty which inspires poetry and reflection.
It looks like a painting which one is never tired of viewing!
Ailsa’s theme this week is Multicolored.
The picture was taken in Yunnan, China.
This shop was displaying colored textile products on the outside.
My software has assisted me in counting the number of colors - the image has 659,920 colors!
I suppose it includes all shades of the more basic colors. So, definitely, this is multicolored!
Ailsa’s Travel theme this week is Hidden.
Woke up early in the morning, I stumbled onto the top deck of our ship that was cruising up the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze River and, as the only person on the deck, I found myself terribly alone.
There was total silence and a thick mist was around me.
Out of the thick mist, I could see mountains rising steeply on both sides of the river. The distant mountains appeared as layers of blue and green before my eyes.
Hidden behind the clouds and sometimes barely visible was our tiny sun.
Dwarfed by the mountains was this partially hidden speck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . so tiny that I have never seen anything like it before.
This is a continuation of my recent posts on “Sunset on the Waterfall“.
The images were taken on the same day, the same location – Jiulong group of waterfalls in Yunnan, China.
Instead of showing the macro view of the top tier of waterfalls, the images below focus on the lower tiers of waterfalls.
The first image shows three series of waterfalls. The top part being the toe of the first tier waterfalls shown on the posts “Sunset on the Waterfall”.
The sunlight shone on the waterfalls as they cascaded down into the lower pools.
I have turned the pictures into sepias; with this, I hope that the waterfalls will stand out even more. While the top one was taken at normal shutter speed, the other ones were taken with longer shutter speeds.
In these images, the water was gushing down with all its might and glory; sanctifying and cleansing our souls.
After a day out at the waterfalls, we felt we were purified and blissful.
This week’s photo challenge is Focus.
The challenger showed two pictures with two different depth of fields to illustrate Focus. That is a relatively easy job.
I would think it is more difficult to come up with is a picture that viewers quickly recognize that certain subject(s) is the Focus of the picture, without actually focusing it with a camera or without coloring the subject against a monochromatic background (which some clever photographers can do with a software).
Here are some photos which I would like to illustrate Focus.
My first image, taken in West Lake, China, focuses on the willow and tree on the left in the foreground. The background was hazy and soft.
The second photo was taken in Angkor Wat , Cambodia. The focus is on the nearby walls, the background of temple ruins are somewhat blur.
The third photo was taken inside a temple also in Angkor Wat. I focused on something which I don’t understand - these may be stoves in the temple kitchen. They stand out from the rest of the picture.
The last picture was taken in Luoping, Yunnan in China. Focusing on some rapeseed flowers means that other flowers in the field are not in focus.
It will be interesting to see how viewers see images - what they focus on and why!
I think I will never understand what photos my reader friends would like.
Two months after posting a single photo on Sunset On the Waterfall, I got over 540 “Likes” and 50 comments! That was totally unexpected.
With that, I can’t help posting the other photo which was taken as a “portrait” on the same spot.
This photo was taken more for the reflection and ripples on the water surface.
The sun was setting and the bamboo raft was entering into the shadow.
Again, the scene looks surreal. . . . . . .
This week’s challenge is Masterpiece.
This is not my masterpiece. I have gone through my archive, unfortunately, none of the photos in my collection can qualify as a masterpiece.
There may be one or two photos taken in the non-digital era that I would like to think are my masterpieces. However, I have lost them; they only exist in my memory. In my retirement, I will be searching for my masterpiece for sharing.
This image is a response to requests ( in English and Spanish!) from several reader friends. It is the color version of the B&W picture I uploaded in my last post Black and White Photo Challenge: Abstract.
As blogger friend Opalla has pointed out, this is a new Rorschach test which I have created. The image may depict ice cube, bubbles, horse rearing up, smoke etc. It just reflects what is on your mind.
Hope you would like this image too.