Living in a subtropical area, all we have are two seasons – the hot and sometimes rainy summer and the relatively cool and dry winter. With global warming, even our winter is becoming shorter and shorter. In 50 years time, it is predicted that we may no longer have any winter!
The summer is marked by temperatures hovering around 30 degree Celsius and with some typhoons (hurricanes), the winter is sometimes grey and gloomy; however many of the trees are still green albeit of a darker shade.
We like distinct seasons; this is one of the reasons why we travelled to Beijing early November this year. In Beijing, one of the places we visited was the BaiWangShan Park where we distinctly felt that we were in Autumn and Winter was not far off.
Strolling around the park was delightful, with red foliage on either side of the meandering path.
One of the attractions of the park is the display of Chinese calligraphy by some ancient scholars (top picture). As one who has just started taking lessons in Chinese calligraphy, I was greatly interested. While perusing the calligraphy, we were impressed by the sight of the red leaves against a background of black slates where calligraphy of different styles were engraved. It was clear that Autumn has set in and some colored leaves have fallen on the ground.
The park has a lot of colored foliage, it was sheer happiness just strolling around admiring the changing season that nature has revealed.
We walked on and on, passing by these twin stone arches which bear the writings that further walking beyond this point was forbidden. While here we noticed many of the trees in the vicinity were becoming bare; from here we retraced our footsteps.
In our two hours of walking among nature, we happily rediscovered a season which we dearly miss!
Well done, Michael.
Thank you John!
Wow Michael… I love these photos… and I love the walk you took.. thanks for the share…
We really enjoyed the walk and glad that you enjo it vicariously too. Thank you bulldogsturf!
romantic, but there is human captured. better if no human there 😉 imho
Sometimes you just can’t get rid of them from the picture! Regards, Michael
Beautiful photos – as always. Love the two arches photo – there is some pleasant softness and humbleness over it. Your words are very humble too – maybe that is what I see in your photos.
It is difficult not to be soft and humble in the face of nature and beauty!
Life would be very dull without seasons! You’re right though, they are blending in with each other these days and the distinctions receding which is a great shame.
I suppose this is one of the price we pay for Global Warming!
Lovely Autumnal scenes, Michael. I haven’t ever thought about visiting China but your photos make me think we should go there.
China is such a vast country where there are many places of outstanding views. Hope you will someday come to visit!
Thank you justmusing!
Lovely photos – they have an aesthetic beauty.
Many thanks Suzanne!
beautiful imagery 🙂
Thank you Lu!
This is so beautiful. It’s a world I will never see. Thanks for the glimpse.
Hi lingeringvisions, I hope you will have the chance to see it in person. Having said that, it is quite true that some of the Chinese places you see in my blog are not those that visitors would have the time to visit or that they are not those places which are on top of the visitng list. Have a great weekend! Michael
Well Michael I don’t hold out much hope (and I am okay with that), But I am not dead yet, so you never know. In the mean time I will continue to enjoy your unique view.
Hi Dawn, while there is life there is hope. Best wishes and have a great weekend! Michael
Indeed! ..and backatcha 🙂
Love that 3rd picture! And good luck with your lessons on calligraphy!
Glad you like the picture! My lessons on calligraphy has opened a new world for me; hope I will still have the time to travel and blog!
This is beautiful Michael. Thank you so much for the pictures and words. Well done!
Thank you bmpiller for your kind words which is much appreciated!
The twin stone arches are beautiful. Love the view through the arch. Thanks!
Thank you Amy! Although the written words on the arches said we were fobidden to walk inside any further, we did take a brief look inside out of curiosity.
Beautiful shots. I’d like to visit there one day!
Yes, please do, as a part of the Beijing or China trip!
Thank you LBcruiserblogger!
This is just beautiful, Michael. Please note that I nominated you for a ” Very Inspiring Blogger Award”.
Please go to my site , copy and paste the award to your site, tell us 7 things we may not know about you and nominate 15 other people for the award and let them know. and what they need to do etc.Thanks.
Hi suesilver, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael
Such beautiful pathways that lead you to the unknown. The changing of the seasons that you captured here really set the mood.
Thank you Bella Remy for your contiued perusal and kind words!
I love what you are sharing, please keep it up!
Thank you John, I will do my best!
Lovely photos Michael, looks like a walk I would love to take.
I am sure you would like the autumnal walk!
I’m sure I would, this is a beautiful world we live in. It’s a shame there are so many people that don’t appreciate the beauty around us. Thanks so much for sharing your part of the world with the rest of us.
You are welcome!
Your quest for photography is a great fitness routine Michael. I would always prefer to do a 2 hour walk in nature rather than exercising at the gym. I really liked your final photo peering thru that arches at the forbidden path. It’s the kind of photo that might insight a grand bed time tale.
Hi, like you, I prefer a walk outdoors than work out in the gym, mainly for the fresh air, the change in scenery etc which make it a lot more interesting!
I especially like the first picture. While reading your poetic post, I have the feeling I am walking with you in the park! Thanks from simple cherishes!
Hi simplecherishes, glad that you like the picture. It was a wonderful walk and I am glad that you enjoy it vicariously too. Have a great weekend, Michael
Reblogged this on jennroig and commented:
I found this piece interesting and want to share. I’ve never been in Asia, but it’s indeed one of the destinations that I definitely don’t want to miss.
Thanks for the reblogging jennroig!
Lovely photos, you draw your viewers eye in along the paths and under the arches and up into the trees, how wonderful to be embowered by their rich hue!
Hi Nature on the Edge, very glad that you like my post. Just like you I am spreading awareness through pixels. I also like the photos / posts you have in your blog. Hope one day, I would travel to your region. Regards, Michael
It’s great to belong to this blogging community for the exchange of ideas and learning from others their passion of place. My bucketlist of travel destinations is growing apace. Here’s hoping your wish to visit the Cape comes to fruition 🙂
I am also happy reading other people’s blog and be inspired. The Cape seem very far from where I am based, will need an extra effort to make the trip happen. Thanks for the perusal and regards, Michael
It’s beautiful to watch the changing of seasons as such! Beautiful photo!
Glad that you like my photos of the changing seasons! Thank you evilnymphstuff!
Fabulous photos ….
So serene. Thank you.
You are welcome!
Michael these are all beautiful photos. I love the muted red, almost terra cotta color of the leaves.
Hi Sued51, glad that you like the photos. Thank you!
Thank you for your perusal and comment!