Sunday Stills Challenge: Trees / Fall Leaves (2)

My last post shows the gold / yellow / orange foliage at Hong Luo (Red Snail) Temple at Beijing.

A couple of blogging friends requested to view pictures showing the snail stone carving in more detail.

Near the main entrance of the temple, there are a pair of big red snails – made from concrete and colored red.DSCF2544A

I rather like the stone carved snails. In this picture, you will see some carved snails, some on top of the parapet posts. In the background, again, there are foliage leaves of various colors; although they are not the main subject in focus.DSCF2546

Also shown above is a picture of more foliage leaves and stone carved snails at the temple.

Please enjoy !

26 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Challenge: Trees / Fall Leaves (2)

  1. Autumns splendor! It never ceases to amaze me, the glorious golds, yellows, reds and browns of autumn foliage. You’ve captured it well, as well as the snail stones. Brilliant!

  2. Thank you, Michael. The snail carvings are beautiful. I like that the temple uses the snail as a motif. Is there a story behind it? Perhaps snails represent just taking things slowly with no worrying about time.

    • You may be interested in the following description from on Hongluo Temple :
      “According to the local legend, there were two giant red snails that lived on the side of the mountain where the temple was eventually built. Apparently these were some kind of alien snails as they supposedly emitted strange lights at night, which led the local villagers to pay homage to these giant red snails. The mountain become known as Red Snail Mountain, and the temple itself, which was originally known as Great Brightness Temple, was eventually given its current name of Hong Luo Si, or Red Snail Temple”.


    • Thank you, Michael, what a wonderful story! We have lots of snails in our garden (which we never, never kill) – none that emit lights, but that doesn’t matter. Thanks also for the mention of hubpages – I didn’t know about that and it sounds like a valuable resource. 😀

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