Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (1)

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!DSCF2735

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.DSCF2734

Strolling around the park was delightful, with red foliage on either side of the meandering path.CIMG2755

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.CIMG2776

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!

63 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (1)

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

    • 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

    • 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

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