How many years can a mountain exist
before it is washed to the sea?
These are the familiar lyrics from Peter, Paul and Mary’s Blowing in the Wind.
How many years these coastal buildings endure?
Here are some 3 photos taken by CP, they show buildings in Hong Kong built near to the sea – buildings subject to the natural environment – wind, waves and accelerated corrosion due to the proximity of sea water.
Heaven knows when and how big are the coming wind and waves – we are in a world subject to super typhoon and wind driven waves and surges.
Maybe, tomorrow will come a 1 in 200 years typhoon and waves will shoot up the air, maybe, just maybe . . . . . . .
But right now the people in these coastal houses are enjoying their sea view, enduring the inconvenience of transportation etc.
So, how many years can these buildings exist?
The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend, the answer is blowing in the wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I know time is running out for this weekly challenge, so I am putting in another submission.
Very early in the morning, I sneaked out from the seaside hotel with my wife still sleeping.
The sun has barely risen. Light rays were coming in at a very low angle.
On the Koh Samui beach, not a soul was in sight.
I took this photo of the water which seemed to be having a very interesting texture.
The ripples from the waves were something which I have never seen before!
I wasn’t sure whether this is a photo for this week’s WPC Challenge – Contrast or forming part of this series documenting my wife’s 1.5 months travel in the Southwest of the States.
The picture is taken by my wife in the Death Valley desert.
It shows my brother-in law and sister-in-law on top of a sand dune.
There is a lot of contrast there:-
the contrast in color between the leeward and windward side of the dune
the contrast between the mountain and the desert
the contrast between the sky and the landforms
the contrast between the vastness of the area and just two people on top of the dune.
I am glad that my wife’s picture sometimes include people into landscape picture. I have always tried to avoid it; but this inspires me that sometime including people into the picture adds a lot of interest into the image!
Earlier last Monday, we have the Dragon Boat Festival .
It is in the memory of a patriotic poet in the olden days who committed suicide by drowning himself in a river as he was no longer listened by the king at the time.
Apart from the dumplings, of course, we have the Dragon Boat Race. Here are some pictures taken on 6 June, by my ex-colleague Mr. CP Chan, during the international Dragon Boat Race in Hong Kong.
For the international race, the boats are smaller.
In fact, throughout the years, the boats are downsized and simplified.
I could still remember the days when the boats have several dozen of people and highly decorative, some even have parasols on them too!
Here is a picture I have taken of the slightly longer boats when they are not in use.
The tails and the heads of the dragons are separately stored on land while the boats are moored in a sheltered location – waiting for the race next year!
” From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.”
- Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011
Have seen many a sunset.
This one at Koh Samui island is one of the most memorable ones.
There was a lot of reflection in the sea; the low angle of the sun was such that it highlighted the ripples.
The sea was calm and the sky did not have an orange color as many of the tropical sunset do.
From here, you can see forever. . . . . . . . . . . . .
This week’s Travel Theme is Silver.
As a landscape guy, it is really a challenge to find something which is silver from my travels.
I am trying to depict silver from my travel photos.
Every cloud has a silver lining – at least, these clouds over Koh Samui (island) do have a silver lining.
Back home, while visiting a raw water reservoir known as Liu Shui Heung, I captured this photo in the still waters of the reservoir. The reflection from the placid water do look silvery to me.
Maybe, I should get some silver threads and golden needles together and take a photo!