Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns (2)

Think I have missed one photo from my last entry which truly shows Lines and Patterns.

The photo was taken at the Cultural Center, Tsimshatsui of Hong Kong.CIMG3479

It is an isometric view of a narrow walkway at ground floor level, with a series of inclined supports on the left, walkway in the middle and a vertical wall on the right.

The elements together form a triangular pattern tapering to infinity.

It is a perspective which shows lines and patterns monotonically throughout the picture. The tiles on the inclined support show a repetitive rectangular pattern, the tiles on the floor show a random pattern and the vertical wall on the right is also regularly tiled.

Sacred Mountain

The mountains of China have long been places of great inspiration; their potent energy and deep quietude provide a perfect place for meditation.DSC_0254

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!

Wheat Fields

Didn’t know Van Gogh liked wheat fields and had his own interpretation of them until I read the following from Wikipedia:

In 1889 Van Gogh wrote of the way in which wheat was symbolic to him: “What can a person do when he thinks of all the things he cannot understand, but look at the fields of wheat… We, who live by bread, are we not ourselves very much like wheat… to be reaped when we are ripe.”

Van Gogh saw in his paintings of wheat fields an opportunity for people to find a sense of calm and meaning, offering more to suffering people than guessing at what they may learn “on the other side of life.”

Van Gogh writes Theo that he hopes that his family brings to him “what nature, clods of earth, the grass, yellow wheat, the peasant, are for me, in other words, that you find in your love for people something not only to work for, but to comfort and restore you when there is a need.”  Further exploring the connection between man and nature, Van Gogh wrote his sister Wil, “What the germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us.”

The pictures were taken in Hokkaido, Japan.CIMG0151

May you find  “a sense of calm and meaning” as Van Gogh found in the wheat fields.

May you also find inspiration  in ” what a germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us“.CIMG0147

Apart from the wheat, I also love the clouds above the fields. 

I have turned both pictures into sepia and hope you like both !

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

This week’s photo challenge is “From Lines to Patterns“.

I would have liked to show the Nazca lines from the air in Peru; but since this trip is still on my wish list, instead, I will show a collage of photos from my archive.

Never tired of showing the lines of columns in the underground reservoir in Istanbul, Turkey. The lines of columns flared out into curvy arches at the column tops; showing another pattern which blends well with the columns.CIMG0605

The arch bridge in Switzerland is my other favorite image for showing lines and curves. Clean vertical solid lines springing from the circular arch of an motorway bridge support the bridge deck.DSCF1124A

I like the silvery vertical lines of the organ assembly in a church of the Baltics.DSC_0389

The neat lines of the windows at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, a design by I M Pei, are some of the most pleasing lines for the eyes.005

Looking up the roof of the aquarium in Okinawa, we were attracted by the repetitive pattern of the inverted V-shaped structural elements which formed the roof.DSC_0189

Also in Japan are some bamboo which grow so tall and straight, terminating into a natural pattern of bamboo leaves at the top.DSC_0044

Back in Beijing, China, the irregular pattern of  illuminated blue bubbles forming the walls of the “Cube” built for the Olympic Games looked really amazing at night.DSCF2520

In Hong Kong, the circular columns and patterns on the balustrades at Heritage 1881 in TsimShaTsui presented an interesting visual effect.CIMG2389

The many tall buildings in the Central business area of  Hong Kong island offer sight of the many contemporary arrangement of lines and patterns.DSCF3223

I wish I have more images on patterns but I don’t think I got many of them. Please enjoy!

The Hurricane is Almost Over!

We were enjoying our moon cakes last Thursday, thinking that Autumn is quietly slipping away.

The moon was especially yellow ( see my post Song to the Moon). On the same day, people reported seeing an unusal red sunset and also a red moon.

Silently, a typhoon developed over the waters of the Philippines and headed West / North -West. It made some major damages on the way, firstly to the Philippines and then to Taiwan even though the center of the typhoon never touched the southern tip of Taiwan.

 The observatory warned that a Super Typhoon was heading towards Hong Kong; the strongest to visit HK in the last four to five decades. The whole city was put on alert. Unlike other places, evacuation is not an option as this City is so tiny.

Observatories in the world were making their own prediction as to the trajectory of typhoon USAGI. The landfall of the typhoon makes a lot of difference to its impact to Hong Kong (HK) . If it lands east of HK, we would be protected by the high hills at our north against the winds swirling in an anticlockwise direction. Whereas, if hits HK direct or passing West of HK, we would be exposed to the winds from the seaside and there is nothing that would protect us from that direction.

I have studied seven predicted hurricane trajectories – by USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, HK, Europe. They all showed different predictions as to where the landfall would be ; varying from the West to the East of HK. So, I was confused. But as with my experience with all other typhoons, there was nothing I can do to change anything ( apart from securing my plants, clearing my roof drain etc. up on my roof). All I can do was to wait and hope for the best and wrote my post “Waiting for the Hurricane”.

I can’t believe it. About three hundred readers read the post and about 50 comments were received – all wishing me safe and well, some prayed for me, advising what to do, informing me of their past experience and one even reblogged my post.

I am moved as there is so much warmth flowing in from all over the world. I now understand that the blogosphere could be a source of spiritual support, in a time of aimlessly waiting and not knowing what tomorrow would bring.

Blogging kept me calm. While waiting, I wrote a post on Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns which I will publish soon.

The typhoon USAGI was moving at around 22km per hour. It landed last night (11:00pm) East of HK  (that was the best scenario) and quickly headed inwards. Its center (the eye of the typhoon) is now over Guangzhou, China.

I woke up 6:00am this morning, noticing that the wind has mostly calmed down and the rain was not torrential. I took this picture from my living room – the clouds are still dark and intimidating.CIMG3478

Typhoon signal number eight is still hoisted (highest is number 10), but all signs show this City is awakening to a good new day.

In my heart, I am full of gratitude; thanking the Creator who has been so kind to us; that the worst has not eventuated; thanking all those who read my posts and those who kindly gave me the support and courage when everything seemed so helpless!

Waiting for a Hurricane

If we can live to a ripe old age, it won’t surprise me if, in our life, we have waited or wasted many years in waiting for something to happen. These are things that we know would happen – like waiting for a bus, a train or an airplane at an airport, waiting at a restaurant to be served, waiting at a queue, waiting for your spouse etc..

Today, I am waiting at my home for the typhoon (hurricane) UASGI to come. USAGI is known as the fiercest typhoon of 2013.

USAGI strengthened to become a Super Typhoon before approaching the southern tip of Taiwan. It caused a lot of damages when roaming offshore near to Taiwan, including flooding. Right now, it has been downgraded to become a Severe Typhoon. Still, it is mooted as the strongest typhoon to come near to Hong Kong since 1979. Nobody dare to ignore the fact that it is a well developed typhoon with a “Double Eye”.

Most people like me just stayed at home – waiting for something to happen. The question is not whether the typhoon would come, but only how close it will come to Hong Kong and how much damage it will cause. The typhoon is coming in at a “wrong” time when the tides will be high; flooding is predicted. 

Here is a picture taken at the Plover Cove reservoir when a storm was approaching. CIMG1914A 

I dare not going outside – otherwise, I would like to take some pictures at the same spot to see how it is like.

I know the worst will be over in a day when the typhoon finally landed, but right now, all I can do is to wait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This week’s challenge is Inside.

The definition of Inside is quite circular : “the inner or internal part; interior”

Does “Inside” only have a meaning when there is an “outside“?

What does it mean when it is now possible to fly outside the universe?

Honestly, I don’t know. However, I would like to think that Inside only has a meaning when there is an outside, so Inside is only relative.

If I were a Panda inside a zoo, most visitors will see me as being in captivity, but equally, I would be perplexed why people have to struggle in the outside world.

In the following, I am trying to illustrate my perspective of Inside.

The first picture is looking inside out from a cavern in Yunnan, China. My focus is more on the picturesque bridge, the flowing water and the green foliage outside of the cavern.DSC_0406

The second photo shows the stalactite dripping down from a limestone cavern in Okinawa, Japan. The limestone laden water has been dripping down for millions of years. Barely visible underneath the stalactite is a walkway; when compared with the stalactite, the walkway seemed so tiny.DSC_0027

The third picture is looking from the outside to the inside of a prison cell in the Spanish Castle on Hvar island. This looks quite frightening.DSCF0579

The fourth picture is the Buddha statute inside a cave in Datong, China.DSCF2404

The last picture is looking up the ceiling inside the temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.CSC_0322A

Depending on the perspective, one could be inside as well  as outside, but there are always beautiful pictures on both “sides”!


Song to the Moon

Tonight is the night for the Mid Autumn Festival.

We are having a full moon here and I just couldn’t help taking a picture of it with my little crappy camera.CIMG3472

It’s also a  time for listening to my favorite song “Song to the Moon” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1PMzQ8PuCo

Please enjoy!

Travel Theme: Multicolored

Ailsa’s theme this week is Multicolored.

The picture was taken in Yunnan, China.102

This shop was displaying colored textile products on the outside.

My software has assisted me in counting the number of colors – the image has 659,920 colors!

I suppose it includes all shades of the more basic colors. So, definitely, this is multicolored!

Sunday Stills: Headshots

I  am pretty late for this challenge on Headshots which is the subject of last week.

Four images immediately come to mind for this challenge.

The Buddha heads at Angkor Wat, Cambodia . . . . . . DSC_0382A

and, on a completely different subject, the Humphead fish at the Okinawa aquarium.

Isn’t it cute?DSC_0242A

The third one was  taken in the Chime Long zoo, China. What a surprise!CIMG1050

The last one is a close up shot of the head of a terracotta soldier at an exhibition. Hope that it doesn’t scare you.CIMG2367

So, which one is your favorite?