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!
This challenge is so interesting that I couldn’t help submitting another entry.
This is the view from the 62nd floor of a rotating restaurant on Hong Kong island. In an about an hour’s time, the view will have changed one complete round.
Further afield, making our way down from the Spanish Castle on Hvar island, Croatia, we have a special view of the harbor and boats in between the walls on the sides of an alley. It is unbelievable that trees still grow in this narrow space and climbing higher and higher to reach out for sunlight.
The alleys in Annecy, France are quite narrow. It is difficult to get an unobstructed view of the building façade on the other side of the alley. The image of the pastel color facades was taken underneath an archway.
Coming back to China, our trip took us to the MiuTianYu section of the Great Wall. It was just amazing to walk through miles and miles of the wall during the Autumn season. This is a view through the arch way along the section.
What an interesting array of trees!
If we look close enough, there are always special views to be seen!
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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. . . . . . .
Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is “Ripples“. I always like responding to the challenge in Travel Theme as her themes are usually interesting and not superficial.
I like looking at ripples as they spread bigger and wider in concentric circles. According to the wave theory, ripples will spread to infinity but with smaller and smaller effects.
The picture below was taken in a temple of Zhangjiajie, China. A small child was captivated by kois swimming in a pond. He was looking down with undivided attention at the kois which were causing the ripples.
At the throw of a pebble to a pond, the kinetic energy is converted to energy in the water surface. Energy just propagates outward on the surface as ripples.
Robert Kennedy used ripples as ripples of Hope in the quotation:
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6 1966 (South Africa address).
It is true that a great idea will send out ripples affecting the thoughts of many people, but to implement the idea, more energy is needed from all of us, all contributing to the ripples until, as R.F Kennedy said, it ”builds a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”.
This week’s challenge is “Fleeting“
For a fleeting moment, the mist dissipated and we have a good glimpse of the trees and the mountain behind.
However, such moments were brief. In a matter of minutes, again mist was all over us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
More yellow rapeseed flowers to brighten up on a Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We were driven around in an environmentally friendly electrical cart, firstly up the Wan Feng Lin mountains in Yunnan (shown as an almost horizontal line mid-hill on the image) and then actually down to the yellow fields!
The fingers of mountains rose quite steeply from the plains. . . . . . . so steep as if they were unreal. At the base, was a line of village houses.
The foreground was a bit blur, due to the movement of the electrical vehicle, but nevertheless, it is another sight we would remember for a long time to come.
The Challenge for this week is “The Sign Says”
We were strolling the streets in the city of ChongQing, China, remarking at how new and tall the buildings were.
The sign reminded me of the changing eating habits in China which have brought new health problems to the world’s most populous nation, as the country’s economic boom allowed millions of people to add more meat and processed foods into their diets.
In a matter of less than two generations, China has gone from insufficiency of food (for instance, during the Cultural Revolution) to almost gluttony. This has contributed to obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, higher Body Mass Index etc. in the population.
To me, the sign says we must eat healthily, have enough physical exercise, manage our stresses, be at peace with ourselves / outside world and adopt a positive attitude.
The Sign is clear
How could I have forgotten this image when posting on “Patterns”?
Apart from the following which caught my eyes:
* four red timber columns supporting the roof with beams painted blue on the underside framing into them.
* four figures jutting out from the columns each with musical instruments in their hands.
* a Chinese lantern slung in the middle.
what attracted me most were the colorful patterns everywhere: on the ceiling, on the beams, gold-plated wood carvings near the bottom of the image.
Fantastic and colorful patterns!