Our days in West Lake, China were spent strolling around the lake, admiring at the beauty of the scenery and looking at reflections in the calm lake waters which brought so much peace to our hearts.
It was November, the sky was grey and this imparted a blue hue in the water. The reflections of the trees in water instilled a range of moods which sometime seemed even poetic.
The love of bridges took us to this part of the lake. The arch bridge looked balanced and aesthetically pleasing. It looked so calm sitting on the water, casting a perfect image.
There were many willows along the banks of the lake. The reflections from the lake seemed to show even the smallest leaves.
At this time of the year, there was basically an absence of bright colors, the bright colors on this tree gave a strong contrast to the otherwise dull background . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I absolutely LOVE the photo with the boat. Beautiful!
I was deciding which photos to include. I am glad that I have included the photo with the sampan into the set. Thanks for the kind comment!
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How beautiful. What a wonderful light.
Thank you for the kind comment Suzanne!
it would have been an amazing country without all the pollution
PRC is still a country with pollution; they need to have a handle on that. It would be nice if the pictures can be taken on a clear day. Thank you!
I adore these photos. Well done.
Glad that you like the photos. Thank you, Decima!
Wonderful photographs, beautiful reflections. As you say, almost poetic. Water is like that isn’t it? I always find being near water touches something spiritual inside and reflections on the water seem to be a trigger for reflections of our own. That’s how it works for me anyway. I love these.
Hi Corinne, to me water, as you said, is something which touches something inside. It helps me to reflect and renews me. Thanks very much and regards, Michael
What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing
Hi Jillian, glad that you like the pictures. Regards, Michael
Very beautiful reflections. Loves the bridge reflection.
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I love that photo too; I was considering to put it as the first picture; I think I should have done that. Thank you for your continued perusal and blessings! Michael
Very beautiful reflections, I like the two last ones best – so natural and soft somehow.
The first two pictures have got a blue hue which readers may not readily accept but they were pictures as taken that day. I also like the last two as being more natural and soft as you said. Regards, Michael
So beautiful, Michael. 🙂
Thank you adinparadise!
Breath taking photos as always, I’m seeing the world through your blog. Thanks!
Hi Anaya, you are welcome to travel vicariously with me! Michael
By coincidence, I lived at a lake community for 25 years called Westlake Beach (one word). Your beautiful lake looks like it couldn’t possibly hold even one more cup of water. I love how the willow trees hang over the waters edge and drape gracefully for a stunning reflection. Do you know if these lake levels are normal. Unfortunately, the lakes in Alberta have suffered through a numbers of years of drought, we might be on an upswing this winter though.
Hi Boomdeeadda, to say the truth, I am not sure whether this is the normal level of the West Lake as this is part of the whole river regime which is highly regulated. I suppose this is such an important lake that the local authorities would keep up the water level so as to make it look pleasing.
The weather we have is undoutdely changing, we have the wettest Novemeber in many years. The rainfall is 60% up when compared with last November! Regards, Michael
Beautiful photos wow! Wonderful peaceful photos of China, love it!
Hi M.van Arendonk, glad that you like the China photos. Thanks for your perusal and the comment! Michael
WOW, gorgeous photos!
Thank you Leanova!
Beautiful soothing photos 🙂
Thank you evilnymphstuff!
Poetic and beautiful!!
Glad that you like the post! West Lake has always been a gathering place for poets and scholars in the ancient past. Regards, Michael
These are beautiful!
Thank you drose4!
Very nice reflection 🙂 🙂
Thank you for the kind words!
What a super bridge and reflection!
I like the clarity of the photo. Thanks Karen!
Ahh love your photography!
Thank you innamazing!
I also like the composition on the photo of the boat. But I love the purplish color on the other photos.
Glad that you like the photos! Thank you! Michael
I pinned the photo of the arch bridge on my Architecture and Design Elements board on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/gaylealstrom/architectural-and-design-elements/
Thank you for pinning it on your Architecture and Design Elements board which is very much appreciated!