Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( B&W)

Which half do you belong?

The white half which represents light and happiness?

The black half which represents dark and imprisoned?DSCF0051

This is my only departure from my usual landscape / seascape photos.

A picture I have taken of the sculpture by Ju Ming.

Genghis Khan Mausoleum – Close Ups

No photography was allowed inside the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.

So, I am not able to share many of the interesting exhibits like clothing, weapons, coffin etc of Genghis Khan. This is very much regrettable.DSCF2304

Outside the mausoleum, there is a vast space for worshiping of   Genghis Khan.DSCF2306

There was a raised circular space with steps on the sides, presumably this is for staging the worship ceremony.DSCF2308

On the sides, there are stone sculptures of dragon heads.DSCF2309

One of the pictures taken was a close up of the dragon head.

There are also copper or bronze vessels for burning of joss sticks, for making offers during the worshiping ceremony.DSCF2315

As someone who knows not much at all of the Mongolian culture and history, I was at a loss as to what many of the things I saw represent.

For the sake of sharing, I am sharing photos here that I still don’t understand what they represent.DSCF2316

I hope when I have the time, I will research into their meaning and significance.

Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum

Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.DSCF2294

Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was  one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the  sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the  Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.DSCF2292

The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city,  about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.DSCF2293

Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually  buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship  the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial  place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.DSCF2303

The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.DSCF2300

These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( Sea at Croatia)

One of the most memorable things in Croatia must be the sea at Croatia.

The deep blue Adriatic sea captured my heart when we were there.

The sea was so charming that I spent hours and hours by the sea, watching ships and smaller vessels mainly.DSCF0456

There was good sunshine in the coastal areas of Croatia and the sea was just a reflection of the clear and blue sky.

The first picture was taken in Split. Gazing out from the shore, I saw this cruise liner which seemed to be the only thing which separates the sea from the sky.DSCF0600A

We spent a few days on the island of Hvar ( on the second picture) where I felt completely relaxed.

The sea was just everywhere and I like watching yachts and sea gulls flying past.

I think I could stay on the island forever!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( Plover Cove)

This picture was taken just minutes before I got wet from the rain!

Depending on how you look at it, there could be many Halves.

It is a picture of half sky + hills against half water and reservoir dam.

It is a picture with the left hand side dark because of the rain clouds and the right hand side relatively brighter.CIMG1775A

It is a picture of contrasting halves, on the right you have the fresh calm water in a reservoir reclaimed from the sea, the armour protection on the right by the side of the road access is still bright and clear. On the left, the sea was already dark and somewhat choppy.

So, this photo taken at Plover Cove Reservoir, Hong Kong contains many contrasting halves!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( Wheat Field)

The DP’s theme for last week is Half and Half.

Photographers talk about the rule of thirds.

Taking pictures half / half is usually not recommended.DSC_0265

This week, I will continue sharing some pictures which are half / half.

The picture was taken on the way from Latvia to Lithuania.

Weekly Photo Challenge; Half and Half (Angkor)

This week’s photo challenge theme is Close Up photography.

As one who doesn’t take almost any macro photos, I will continue with the theme of the previous DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half.DSC_0362

The picture was taken at Angkor Wat.

Perhaps, this is so well known and wouldn’t need any introduction.

Please enjoy!