Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Stupa )

This week’s DP photo challenge is Rare.

To many westerns, stupas are rarely seen and the meaning are not fully known.

Stupas are generally solid, bell-shaped structures that contain a holy relic such as a hair or tooth from Buddha, relics or remains of eminent Buddhist figure, or a sacred Buddhist scripture.DSC_0283

They are modeled on ancient Indian burial mounds. The base of the stupa is often sealed with a copper plate incised with a vishva-vajra crossed thunderbolt design that is regarded as protection from evil. Stupas themselves were venerated as symbols of the Buddha.

This is a picture taken in the temple of Angkor Wat which displays a stupa.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Flower )

This week’s theme for photo challenge is Rare.

This flower is really rare and we have to travel to the country side to view it.

Actually, we have to pay a fee for viewing it.

We took a trip to the hill slopes in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia.CIMG0705

The flower, sometimes known as the Corpse Flower, is stinky.

It is the biggest flower on earth. The one we saw weighs over 10lbs, but there are others which weigh a lot more.

I am not sure you would like to get close to it in view of the smell!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (Puppet Door )

This week’s theme for photo challenge is Rare.

I like seeing puppets; but they are getting very rare in the city I live.

I have this rare sighting in Prague.

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

In a puppet shop, they have puppets hanging on two leaves of their shop door.

This is the largest number of puppets I have ever seen in the open.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Offering)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Rare.

I have never posted this photo as it was inadvertently focused; I should have focused it on the dragon head.DSCF0625

The picture was taken in a temple in Macau.

I have seen incense and oranges being offered in temple; but never have I seen the offerings placed on a wooden dragon boat like altar.

Isn’t this rare?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (Stone Heaps )

This week’s DP Photo Challenge Theme is Rare.

While it is not that rare to see these conical stone heaps in Inner Mongolia; but they are still rare in many sense of the word.

These conical mass of stones or Aobaos  can be seen in the open grasslands of Inner Monogolia, 

Aobao was born as a landmark for the grasslands. They were  used to signify the border or to demarcate cities. After the era of Genghis Khan, people admired and yearned for brave heroes who died at the war front. They then made Aobaos as tombs and inserted their swords or axes, which they used when they were still alive, atop the Aobaos.

Later on,  Aobao became a place for sacrifice to the mountain god, the road god and the war-god.

And now, the Aobao’s most important use is for sacrifice. People always sacrifice the best corn, meet, fruit and alcohol to Aobao and pray for good weather, good harvest and good fortune.

Every summer, herdsmen will come to the Aobaos with their offerings. At this time, the Aobaos are decorated with pure white scarves or hadas at the center of the Aobao and colorful pieces of cloth around it and beautiful ethnic dances will be performed around them.

Aobaos are also symbolic things. It is also a place for dating for the young people as Aobaos are now considered romantic meeting places.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Tree Stump )

This week’s DP Photo Challenge is Rare.

I am not sure what is the best picture for this theme.DSCF2153

Here is a picture taken of a tree stump in Inner Mongolia, China.

It is said to be a thousand years old.

Isn’t it rare?

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning ( Walk in Geneva)

We stayed somewhere on the hills overlooking lake Geneva, Switzerland.

To stay healthy, we did a walk about after an early breakfast.

Firstly, we have to negotiate a somewhat steep trail.DSCF0050A

Along the trail, there were some fox holes. Unfortunately, I have no luck of seeing any foxes.

The sun has come up and shone through the leaves. As usual, I took a photo of the light through the leaves.

We climbed higher and reach this grassland where there are only a couple of lone trees.DSCF1129

I like trees in a open plain and was glad to take this photo.

Another good morning I woke up to, just fantastic!