Weekly Photo Challenge: Green ( all over the world)

Green is my favourite color; it is most soothing to the eyes.

Urbanization and desertification are threats to the survival of green areas, although reforestation and green measures help to combat them.  Still, there are considerable green areas all over the world – mainly in the form of  hills, forests, country parks and gardens. The best green views are those associated with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and ponds.

People say there are 52 shades of green; whether  you can see them depend on the location, season, latitude of the place. In the tropics and sub-tropics where there are lots of sunshine and many of the vegetation remain green throughout the year, the darker shade of green prevails. Further away from the equator, in the higher latitudes and especially in Spring, you can see a gradation of green, ranging from the light and yellowish green to the much darker shades.

I like looking at the green color in my travels; they always give me a sense of peace and tranquility. Below is a collection of green views from various locations around the world, which convey different atmosphere,  that I hope you would enjoy:

Up in the mountain of Switzerland, where green is the predominant color, accompanying by yellow flowers. . . . . . .

On the shores of West Lake , China, the willow and the grass remain green even towards the end of Autumn . . . . . .

Down under in Queensland, along the shores of Lake Barrine, the leaves remain green and  lotus leaves of a lighter shade float on the water. . . . . . . . .

In Koh Samui, Thailnad, the leaves of palm trees are yellowish-green while the grass are abundant and green. . . . . . . . .

Back in Hong Kong, in the New Territories, the leaves are green almost throughout the whole year ; although they seem to be of a darker color. . . . . . .

Up on hills of Scotland, all you can see is green, maybe it has been like that for thousands of years . . . . . . .

By the side of a lake in the Central Park, New York . . . . . . .

High up in JiuZhaiGou mountains, China, the leaves remain green before changing colors in Autumn. . . . . . .

Up in the hills of Langakwi island, Malaysia, where the eagles fly, the leaves remain green throughout the year. . . . . . . . .

On the banks of the River Danube, near Budapest, the trees look especially green against a blue sky with white clouds. . . . . . .

Towards the end of Summer, the grass in the steppes of Inner Mongolia is already turning from green to yellowish green. . . . . . . .

By the banks of the Three Gorges, China, where hills rise steeply from the river, the steep slopes on the hills are covered with green grass . . . . . .

By the side of a pond in Okinawa, Japan, where different shades of green peacefully merge together. . . . . . . .

By the side of a  waterfall in Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, where green vegetation and water are the only things you can see………

This green view from the country side of Hong Kong, not far from where I live, remains my favourite, as I can always gaze out of my window to have a good look at them, whenever I want to sooth my eyes. What a wonderful world (of green colors)! . . . . . . . . .

114 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Green ( all over the world)

  1. Beautiful! I love all colors (but purple is my favorite). I don’t think I’m going to do the green challenge; I posted a bunch of green on renewal. It is fall hear and I’m not in a “green” mood. 🙂

  2. Hi Michael, Lovely collection of images from around the world. When you live in a land that is surrounded with green you miss that color when in an area of the world where green is absent and the land is dry. Regards, Chris Gregory (NZ)

  3. Michael

    Another set of stunning photographs. How do you do it? Green is my favourite colour too and the green and the blue, the two predominant colours of nature always do it for me!!

    Just back from my trip to France so haven’t been blogging for a while. Have missed your blog whilst I have been away. So many shades of green all so beautifully captured. You are truly talented. Thank you for sharing.

    Warm regards

  4. That’s exactly how I like to think of our Earth. It’s like looking behind a curtain. I worry so much about the sustainability of nature. Mankind has made such a muck of things. It gives me hope to know there is so much beautiful green space around the world. Thank you Michael.

    • Hi Boomdeeadda, deforestation, mainly conversion of forests to agricultural land, is continuing at an alarmingly high rate. Forest area decreased worldwide by 0.22% per year in the period 1990-2000 and 0.18% per year between 2000 and 2005. However, the net loss of forest is slowing down as a result of the planting of new forests and of natural expansion of forests. Regards, Michael

    • Thanks for the information. Here we have vertical walls in offices and homes planted with plants and watered by an irrigation system. The set up in Canada is huge! Have a great weekend, Michael

    • Hi Plane Jane, I am still a learner in photography; I am only better at taking landscape / scenic photos but lousy in taking protraits. Glad that you like the photos. Have a great weekend! Michael

  5. Wonderful presentations of green. You just want to walk through the photo, have a seat and enjoy the view. Thank you for the like of my Weekly Photo Challenge representation of Green. A more urban look at Green.

    • Hi Swozy, I must admit that landscape is my favourite subject for photography. I’m glad that you like the collection. Thanks very much for the comment! Michael

  6. So many different shades of green from so many different places! Terrific!
    I have to say…it’s amazing how many people who participated in this challenge said green is their favorite color (myself included). 🙂

  7. Hi Michael. Green is my favorite color, too. As a kid, I had my parents put green shag carpeting in my bedroom that was the color of grass. It always made me feel like I was sitting in a field or park! I’m convinced that people who love green are the best people to be friends with…it’s a sign of their character.

    I’m running a photo contest over at wickedforeign.com and would love to have you submit something. Come on over and check it out.

    I look forward to more great pics! ~Wendy

    • Hi, I like carpets with color of grass. I have an articial grass carpet on top of my flat roof and have been looking around for green carpets which fit my living room so that I always feel like having grass around me. I’ll have a good look at the details of your photo contest. I would be pleased to share more of my travel stories and my photos. Best wishes, Michael

  8. Beautiful photography as always, Michael. Great job.

    By the way, I notice you have a photograph taken on Okinawa. I lived there for about three or four years, and graduated high school from there.

    • Hi RDoud, I particularly like the aquarium and gardens in Okinawa and have a couple of posts on that. I find Okinawa very interesting and it must have brought you some fond memories of the past. Thank you for your comment! Michael

  9. These photos are great! I especially like the one from Scotland (the UK has a special kind of green to offer) and the one of China’s 3 Gorges – I hope I can visit there one day. Have you ever visited South Africa? We have some amazing places for photography that I’m sure you’d love 🙂

    • You are right, I also find that UK has a special green to offer; I like it too. Have never been to South Africa; will find a chance to visit. Thank you for the kind comment; have a great weekend 🙂

  10. The way you have contrasted and compared the colors of green and seasons is so essential to our individual meaning when the “kind of winter” arrives at each of our places of living. I retired at age 45 (I am now 66, and through vitamins and herbals since age 20 I have no grey hair) and immediately built an Asian-inspired garden with pond and statuaries. The whole garden is surrounded by neighboring trees which is fabulous for 4 -5 months, Shangri-La!!!! Then, the autumn sets in, and I cover everything with black mesh tarps to catch the tremendous volume of leaves. I clean them up, it is a great chop wood, carry water activity. After the leaves are cleaned up, then the spring brings the tassels and the casings from the Cotton Wood trees. The meshing catches these. I am now finishing lifting all of these mesh tarps, emptying the tassels and casings, and all the discards of the various Austrian pines, and smaller pines. The garden gives duty and responsibility for various daily activities of a spiritual nature. One sees new birth and death. The garden is in constant change as one’s body. One nurtures nature and cleans up after natures discard for the Spring “new birth”. Thus, each new year, each new season, we each have new birth into a new dimension of being. The study of Chinese medicine and one’s changing “Chi” with the seasons, is a fabulous way to personally connect with the chi of nature and the ebb and flow of one’s individual chi and various herbs that assist one through the various changes of the seasons for a more vibrant longevity and flexibility such as nature.

    • Hi, I can see that you life is so close to nature and you have merged your life / daily activities with nature and Qi. I am sure you know more about Chinese medicine than I do. I believe Chinese medical approach is better in that it treats the sickness holistically and not just the symptoms. The problem sometime is to find a good and reliable Chinese doctor especially in the western world when there is no strict licensing system. It is remarkable that you have no grey hair. . . this is quite opposite for me; I lost a lot of my hair and the remaining hair is basically dirty grey. I have not started learning Qi Gong as many people believe that an incorrect way of practicing it can even harm the body. It is great that you are able to learn Chinese medicine in a western world. Nice talking to you 🙂

  11. Reblogged this on Confab and commented:
    No words are necessary to describe this gorgeous post. Feast your eyes on the wonderful photographs and enjoy some quiet time.

  12. Hello Michael. These photographs are breathtaking and inspiring. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve reblogged your post.

  13. Like you, I also love looking at the greens. Even though trees are trees and mountains are mountains, each destination creates a totally different scene. The Adirondacks may be a mountain range, but they differ vastly from the Lion Rock Hill or the Black Forest of Germany.

    • Green is my most favorite color; glad that you love it as well. We also have a Lion Rock Hill in Hong Kong – I suppose this is a common name. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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