The Lake Barrine Picture

We spent a day out at the Lake Barrine, north of Cairns in Australia.

Having lunch out there and taking a boat ride in the lake is unforgettable.

There are many pictures taken there I like, as the lake and the environs are so serene, full of flora, fauna, birds and even snakes.CIMG0536B

Many of the beautiful pictures, however, have my wife in them. The only one which I can find without any person is posted here.

Very picturesque indeed!

 

The Ephesus Picture

Ephesus, Turkey is an interesting place.

If I were to choose a picture for this place, I would post a picture of the Library of Celsus.CIMG0234

I have not posted this picture before; this shows great details of the library.

Below is a description of the library of Celsus from Wikipedia:

The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman Building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selcuk, Turkey. It was built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus (completed in 135 AD) by Celsus’ son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath the library.

The interior of the library was destroyed, supposedly by an earthquake in 262 A.D. and the facade by another earthquake in the tenth or eleventh century A.D. It lay in ruins for centuries, until the façade was re-erected  by archaeologists between 1970 and 1978.

The Bangkok Picture

Bangkok is only a few hours away by plane; it has been one of my favorite destination.

The atmosphere is relaxing, the people are friendly and the Thai food is to my liking.

However, things seem to have changed in recent years.

The Thai people are becoming more political; more worrying is the blast last year at the temple of the Four Faced Buddha killing many people.CIMG0367

Nevertheless, I can think of the more peaceful time when we hopped on and off the boat alongside the bank of Bangkok.

If I have to choose a photo of Bangkok, this is the one!

Help Our Momma – An Introductory Post

My original intention of creating this blog was to share anything of interest with friends. After four years of blogging, I have added other objectives such as helping others or spreading the faith. Today I am reblogging Christopher’s post as we share similar experience. Both of our mothers are suffering from colon cancer and are being treated on chemotherapy. I am reblogging Christopher’s post to see if any of my readers can help his situation.

Discoveries in My Morning Hike

Woke up this morning, I was wondering whether I should be making my morning hike as there were some thunder storms during the night.

The treks will be soggy and maybe even slippery.

We have the wettest April in 60 years and I have not been able to hike for worrying that the paths are too slippery.

The sun has come out and I decided to take a chance.

Half an hour into the walk, I noticed these white flowers fallen on the trek; they are still fresh and not trampled over. They look like a painting.IMG_1861

Continuing on, I was somewhat surprised by what I saw.IMG_1863

A little red crab was blocking my way. I was quite puzzled as I have never seen them before at this hillside location.

OK, the crab maybe 20 meters away from a mountain stream. I gather these crabs are amphibious. He was looking quite angry at me with his little bright eyes.IMG_1869

Then continuing on, deeper into the forest was this tree which still has some red maple leaves at this time of the year.

All I had was a smartphone. The tree is a bit out of focus, but never mind, I know my readers will forgive me with the somewhat blur picture.IMG_1870

Then I stumbled on some fungi or mushrooms on a tree stump. I know some of them are poisonous.

Towards the end of my hike, I found another tree stump.IMG_1872

It looks rather abstract, with some fungi attaching to it.

I was thinking of the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge – Abstract – does it look abstract.

I wish I had taken a proper camera with me.

Anyway, please enjoy the pictures – as much as I have enjoyed my early morning walk.

 

The ZhangJiaJie Picture

This is the land which inspired Avatar.

We were strolling among the mist; viewing the strange forest of limestone columns.DSC_0095A

There were so many tall columns, some of which do look like those from Avatar.

I was especially interested in this column top where they have trees on top.

This is just another fairy tale story!

The Cappadocia Picture

There are many photos I can chose from Cappadocia, Turkey as the place is photogenic.

The one I like best was taken towards the end of the day when the tourists have left the place.

With nobody around, it looks quite surreal and moody.CIMG0384A

The path leads your eyes to the forest of stone columns and the clouds were adding to the mood.

It looks as somewhere out of the world!