Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The theme for this week’s challenge is quite a difficult one.

Are we suppose to show on one picture  Dialogue or are we to show two pictures the subject matter of which are talking to each other.DSCF0974

From a cursory search, I decided to post this photo.

Are the two elephants in Botswana having a dialogue?

I don’t know but they are an intelligent animal!

Again, photo the courtesy of Jennie, my sister-in-law.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silohuette (Seaside Promenade)

I have been showing some night views of the seaside promenade in Hong Kong.

This image was taken in about the same location; but before the sun actually set.4896163873_687f31ac34_o

Silhouettes of trees, people resting, skyline of part of the city is the main theme.

The sun was going down before it completely disappeared from the horizon – it cast an immense reflection in the sea.

This restful picture was taken by my friend CP Chan to which the credit is due.

Please enjoy!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Trees in Botswana)

I have been showing carefully sculpted Trees in Japanese gardens.

Here is a photo showing trees in nature silhouetted against a colorful sunset.DSCF1526

The photo was taken by my sister-in-law Jennie while travelling in Botswana to whom the credit is due.

Trees and sunsets are my favorite topic.

What a wonderful sight! Something that I wouldn’t hesitate to share.


Trees (Niwaki) in Japanese Gardens

This post features trees the image of which I have taken in my recent trip to the Ritsurin Garden, Japan.DSCF0410

They are ‘sculpting’ trees. Japanese have taken great efforts to sculpt them so that they look like works of art and not just part of nature.DSCF0409

I am not aware of any better description of these trees than those given in the Wikipedia which I am reproducing below in italics:DSCF0411


Niwaki is the Japanese word for “garden trees”. Niwaki is also a descriptive word for highly ‘sculpting trees’.DSCF0412

Most varieties of plants used in Japanese Gardens are called niwaki. These trees help to create the structure of the garden. Japanese gardens are not about using large range of plants, rather it is about creating atmosphere or ambiance. The technique of niwaki is more about what to do with a tree than the tree itself. While Western gardeners enjoy experimenting with a wide range of different plants, Japanese gardeners experiment through training and shaping a relatively limited set of plants.DSCF0413

Trees play a key role in the gardens and landscapes of Japan as well as being of important spiritual and cultural significance to its people. Fittingly, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques meant to coax out the essential characters of niwaki. Niwaki are often cultivated to achieve some very striking effects: trees are made to look older than they really are with broad trunks and gnarled branches; trees are made to imitate wind-swept or lightning-struck trees in the wild; Cryptomeria japonica specimens are often pruned to resemble free-growing trees.DSCF0416

Some designers are using zoke (miscellaneous plants) as well as the niwaki to create a more “natural” mood to the landscape. Most traditional garden designers still rely primarily on the rarefied niwaki palette. The principles of niwaki may be applied to garden trees all over the world and are not restricted to Japanese Gardens.

Please enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (A Fish Out of Water)

This is the sort of photo which I don’t take.

However, this is the sort of photo I would like to post.1155415265_c3bbac530d_o (2)

This is, again, another photo from my friend CP Chan.

The photo was taken again at the fishing rafts in Hong Kong; with the fishing net, mountains and sea as backdrop.

It shows, a dead fish abandoned within the net.

Clearly, my friend is more diverse in his subject of photography and has sharp eyes and inquisitive mind.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Guangzhou, China)

Here is an interesting image showing Silhouettes in different shades.

The image shows how busy Guangzhou can be, with lots of activities on the bridges crossing the Pearl River in Guangzhou Chinese.1984772928_eea4474284_o

People and cyclists hastily crossing the bridges.

Nearest to us is the steel truss bridge with the truss members in silhouette.

Further away is the Jiefang Bridge (Liberation Bridge), with its bow string shape – arches in each river crossing span with cables suspending from the arches to support the bridge deck.

Of course, you can also see the Pearl River and some buildings in the background.

Again, thanks to my friend CP Chan who provided this interesting image.

Please enjoy!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Hong Kong 2)

I realize the WPC Challenge has changed its theme to Fray this week.

But there are so many good photos which I still haven’t got the chance to show on Silhouette.

One of them is the photo below.2415682259_2dc05636b2_o

This photo has so much mood in it, especially the clouds and the sea.

It is an image taken by my friend CP Chan on one of his fishing trips to the fishing rafts in the New Territories in Hong Kong.

Our eyes (and brains) are always caught by something which we have never seen before. To me, this is one of those!


Footbridge at Ritsurin Garden, Japan

I have taken five or six photos of this Japanese footbridge at the Ritsurin garden in Shinkoku, Japan.

Except for one of the photos, all photos have some visitors on the footbridge; this is not something I want.

I waited for a long while to get my only photo without any people on it; that photo was published recently under the post “Monet’s Japanese Footbridge?”.CIMG5553

Originally, this photo has one man standing at the top of the arch bridge, he also has one hand holding an umbrella against the bridge deck.

With a computer software, using the “Clone and Heal” function, I have successfully removed the man from the image!

For readers with  sharp eyes, you may be able to see a dark blue umbrella freely standing on its own near to the top of the footbridge.

Is this magical!CIMG5553

For comparison, the original photo is attached.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Pacific Coast Highway SR1)

Here are a couple of images which I think show the most beautiful part when driving along the Pacific Coast or State Route 1.

Both images were taken by my wife as part of her 5400 miles travel in the Southwestern part of the States.CIMG5289

While the National Parks in the SW was her major focus of the trip, the drive back from Las Vegas to San Francisco along the SR1 was one of the most memorable.

The first photo was taken about 16 miles south of Big Sur, looking south at the McWay Rocks. The fog and the sea was just too atmospheric to describe.CIMG5290

The second photo shows part of the Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur.

Both images are wonderful examples of silhouette which I would like to share.