Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life ( at Annecy, France)

This week’s photo challenge is Street Life.

We thought we have arrived at a toy land like place when we stepped out of our car upon arrival.  The houses are variously painted in pastel colors on both sides of a waterway running through the medieval town.DSCF1102

It really is just like Venice, with charming buildings that rise straight up from the waterways and lovely cobbled winding streets that wind their way through the ancient city.DSCF1060

Annecy is not only a particularly lovely town in the south of France. In the centre of the town on a the narrow streets are filled with markets and stalls selling antiques and other fripperies. The scent of freshly baked pizza and pastries wafts through the air as you wind your way through the labyrinthian shopping  I particularly like this stall selling cheese, wine and ham.DSCF1056

Everywhere you go, you will see shoppers, who filled all the space between stalls.DSCF1078

 

Annecy is pretty enough to wander around with its waterways and the backdrop of snow capped mountains in the distance.DSCF1032DSCF1082

You get a really lovely feel for what the city must have been like centuries ago, despite the modernities around you.DSCF1084

There is so much street live in Annecy – this is one of the elements which keeps Annecy alive!

 

The Clouds Outside My Window

For many a time, I just sat in my living room, gazing out of my window.

I am particularly intrigued by clouds.

This dramatic image was taken last Summer. It shows white clouds vs black clouds.CIMG1839

There seemed to be a tug of war between fine and rainy weather; sunlight and darkness, hope and despair or maybe even between good and evil.

Maybe I am just too imaginative . . . . . . . .  maybe, just maybe . . . . . . . . . . .

In the end, the white cloud will conquer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Live (at Annecy, France)

 

We thought we have arrived at a toy land like place when we stepped out of our car upon arrival.  The houses are variously painted in pastel colors on both sides of a waterway running through the medieval town.DSCF1102

It really is just like Venice, with charming buildings that rise straight up from the waterways and lovely cobbled winding streets that wind their way through the ancient city.DSCF1060

Annecy is not only a particularly lovely town in the south of France. In the centre of the town on a the narrow streets are filled with markets and stalls selling antiques and other fripperies. The scent of freshly baked pizza and pastries wafts through the air as you wind your way through the labyrinthian shopping  I particularly like this stall selling cheese, wine and ham.DSCF1056

Everywhere you go, you will see shoppers, who filled all the space between stalls.DSCF1078

 

Annecy is pretty enough to wander around with its waterways and the backdrop of snow capped mountains in the distance.DSCF1032DSCF1082

You get a really lovely feel for what the city must have been like centuries ago, despite the modernities around you.DSCF1084

There is so much street live in Annecy – this is one of the elements which keeps Annecy alive!

 

Travel Theme: Pink and Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection (of Flamingos)

I like looking at reflections of birds in tranquil waters – that was the reason for posting my first entry for the challenge with images of little white egrets in the water.

As one who likes landscape, I couldn’t help to post my second entry with reflection of trees in still water.CIMG1102AJPG

The only reason for posting this one is because I like looking at reflection of flamingos in the water.

Glad to share; hope you like it 🙂

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Texture

How closely have we ever looked at walls?

This is part of a wall at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Undoubtedly, the blocks forming the wall have a rough texture.

More than that, it is astonishing to see that the blocks have half joints – not only on one end, but on both ends.

Understand the blocks in Mayan structures also have the same joints. I suppose this is to increase the interlocking between blocks, giving more stability.DSC_0143A

This means the workers had to accurately carve out the joints so that they perfectly fit the ones on the left and the right. That’s astonishing!

Here are two more images showing not only the texture of the wall; but also that of the gigantic tree roots.DSC_0209A

The tree roots have a smoother texture.

When viewed with the rougher but more regular pattern of the wall, they seem to be in harmony.DSC_0213A

No doubt, Angkor Wat is a showcase of “Texture”.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection (at West Lake)

Perhaps West Lake in Hangzhou, China is the best place for viewing or having internal reflections.

We were visiting West Lake a couple of years ago.

Winter has already set in, but this didn’t stop us from enjoying the scenery around the lake and it’s environs.DSCF6424

For most of the time, the sky was overcast and grey,  however, the reflection of the trees in the lake was just amazing.DSCF6445

West Lake has been named a UNESCO site. While walking around the lake,  one can feel the culture of the place and the  openness of the area. The view of the far away pagoda, the nearby Chinese style building on the shore and their reflection in the lake were just breath taking.DSCF6468

Typically, weeping willows are planted near the water edges.  As for the most time while we were there, it was raining, and the reflections of the willow are not as clear.DSCF6501

With almost no tourists around, you can feel the tranquility of the place. Here is a picture that I have posted, but this time I have flipped the picture top to bottom so the the reflection of the trees are on the top.DSCF6434

One of the scenic locations is where colourful kois are reared. In the picture, again, one can see the reflections of the willows. We took the opportunity to view and photograph them.

All in all, the trip was pleasant and reflective!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection (at Liu Shui Heung Reservoir)

There are places in Hong Kong which don’t really seem to be part of this city as it is so green, tranquil . These are places far from the busy city which even locals may not be too familiar with.

One such place is the Liu Shui Heung raw water reservoir in the northern part of the New Territories, Hong Kong.

It is so green and lush that few people would readily identify it to be part of the territory.

There is a good walk around the reservoir – this walk is one of my favourites .CIMG2910

Not only the reservoir with its reflection is beautiful, as you go around the reservoir, there are many quiet corners  where you find peace. They are also ideal places for meditation or taking photos.CIMG2912

Unlike a big lake where wind may create ripples, this reservoir has many corners where the water is almost stagnant and calm.

These are the places where you can find perfect reflections.CIMG1836

I like reflection of trees in the tranquil waters, this reservoir have quite a few of these views to offer.CIMG1827

The views are truly beautiful even if you zoom in or zoom out.CIMG1829

Some reflections in the waters just show shades of green.CIMG1826

However, for some of these reflections, you can see the individual cluster of leaves, which makes the image looks even more attractive.

This reservoir has lots to offer; walking round it is just refreshing !

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection (at Liu Shui Heung Reservoir)

There are places in Hong Kong which don’t really seem to be part of this city as it is so green, tranquil . These are places far from the busy city which even locals may not be too familiar with.

One such place is the Liu Shui Heung raw water reservoir in the northern part of the New Territories, Hong Kong.

It is so green and lush that few people would readily identify it to be part of the territory.

There is a good walk around the reservoir – this walk is one of my favourites .CIMG2910

Not only the reservoir with its reflection is beautiful, as you go around the reservoir, there are many quiet corners  where you find peace. They are also ideal places for meditation or taking photos.CIMG2912

Unlike a big lake where wind may create ripples, this reservoir has many corners where the water is almost stagnant and calm.

These are the places where you can find perfect reflections.CIMG1836

I like reflection of trees in the tranquil waters, this reservoir have quite a few of these views to offer.CIMG1827

The views are truly beautiful even if you zoom in or zoom out.CIMG1829

Some reflections in the waters just show shades of green.CIMG1826

However, for some of these reflections, you can see the individual cluster of leaves, which makes the image looks even more attractive.

This reservoir has lots to offer; walking round it is just refreshing !

Abandoned Hut now Reclaimed

Spring is in the air and I am taking photos of some of the flowers.

Last Summer, I posted a photo of this hut when the villagers were trying to reclaim from nature.

When I passed by the hut this morning, the sunlight was brilliant.CIMG3866

The hut is fully reclaimed and a cat sat on top of the roof.

Last year, it was still mostly covered with vines.CIMG3615

This is a continued fight between nature and human and human has finally won; but just for now.

The bauhinia has blossomed which brightened up the scene.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

This week’s photo challenge is Reflection.

Woke up early in the morning and drove north to the place I like dearly – Luk Keng in the north eastern corner of the New Territories, Hong Kong.

I know some birds will be out there waiting for me.

Got out of the car and meeting me was a lone little egret in the shallow water.

The sun has just come up; we were in the golden hour. The tide was out and the reflection of the nearby hills was in the water. This little white egret just stood there motionless as if it was just a decoy. Its reflection was in the water.CIMG3671

It looks as if it was in a deep reflection. . . . . . . . . . . or was it I that was in a deep reflection? I don’t know.

Then the words of Alan Cohen came to me – Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.
It was good that we were in the golden hour. Last Winter, when we were there, we weren’t that lucky.
It was dark, but the birds were also there.CIMG3687
Two white little egrets stood near with their white reflections in the water, and, very far away, there was  a line of egrets standing near to the shore. They look so tiny that many people would not have noticed.
These egrets just sent me into reflections.