A stone pillar rising up from the calm waters of a lake at Zhangzhejia, China.
Must admit this is not the best of photos.
This photo was taken within a relatively dark temple in Egypt. The inscription on the wall is no longer sharp and clear after thousands of years.
I do not have the faintest idea what the details are about. Supposedly, the letters are there to explain a story.
I guess the second figure from the right maybe Osiris, the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead.
Wish there are Egyptologists among us who can enlightened the rest of us.
Still fascinated by what I saw on roof tops, be it in the West or in the East.
A ship juts out from the top of the building in Chong Qing, overlooking the Yangtze River, with a mix of old and new underneath – old houses with tiles, contemporary bridge across the river and further away, high rises.
Are they just fascinating?
It is amazing to see what is On Top.
Grass, swimming pools of various sizes, water features, rest areas, trellis, planters with plants, sun bath chairs.
Also, fans for cooling water system etc.
You have antennas and satellite dishes, devices for lifting gondolas for cleaning and maintenance of external walls etc.
Sometimes we never know what are on top of roofs.
Up to now, we still don’t quite know what they are.
The cylindrical golden thing on top of the roof is definitely not a water tank.
It is also surprising to see there is a skull like thing on top as well.
We can only surmise that they are related to religion / folklores in Inner Mongolia.
There is symmetry on both sides of the main structure. These objects are repeated on the other side.
This week’s WPC challenge is On Top.
Many tourists in Angkor Wat have the frightful experience when they found that they have to climb down the steep staircase after visiting the temples.
All visitors stayed on the left hand side where blocks are placed to form half steps and a thin rope on the side are provided.
No one really dared to descend just on the steps as the risers of the steps are too high and the tread widths are very narrow, deteriorated and irregular.
One just wonders why they have provided steps like this when the temples were first constructed. Were they intentionally constructed like this so as to deter people from accessing the temple at the top??
There were other steep flights of steps in Angkor Wat. Rumor has it that one Australian female visitor has fallen down the steps and got killed. Their family, out of grief, donated a chain like hand rail to facilitate the decent of visitors.
On descending that flight of steps, my tatics was to reverse my body so my face was facing the steps ( instead of facing out, creating a feel of height), using both my hands to grip onto the upper treads as I descended cautiously. That worked well and my wife followed suite – while other visitors trembled!
You may be surprised to learn that there were fish ponds in Hong Kong, rearing fishes for sale locally.
But these fish ponds have now gone, due to the changing economy rendering them no longer price competitive.
Within this area, there are abandoned houses too.
Some abandoned boats can also be seen.
In recent years, the Government has approved this area to be developed into a low density housing zone. This is met with much objection from the environmentalists; so far, no plans have yet been approved.
With Easter approaching, this week is quickly coming to a close.
Looking back, for this week’s WPC challenge, I have already posted on Monuments from Abu Simbel of Egypt, Saqarra of Egypt, Ephesus of Turkey, Stonehenge of UK and Hill of Crosses inLithuania.
I have also shortlisted other photos – monument of the sculptured shoes by the side of the river Danube in Budapest in memory of people who were shot into the river, the Aobaos of Inner Mongolia, the big Buddhas within the caves of YungGang in China etc.
Liberty forms the basis of our modern society – I would like to show these pictures which were taken less than a year after 911 when the Ellis Island and the statue were reopen.