Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Extra“.

The challenger wants us to show pictures which includes a little something in them.

Here are three photos of the same theme that has got a little something slipped into the  pictures.

We were walking on the dam of the Plover Cove reservoir which was formed by building a dam in the sea and pumped the water dry on one side.

So, on one side, you have the side and on the other side, you have the fresh water reservoir.CIMG1924

The reservoir, when constructed in the 60s, was the world’s first fresh water lake  reclaimed from an arm of the ocean.CIMG1957

The reservoir  is the largest reservoir in Hong Kong in terms of area, and the second-largest in terms of volume (holding  230 million m3). Its main dam was one of the largest in the world at the time of its construction, cutting off Plover Cove  from the sea. One main dam and three service dams were built to shut the cove off from the sea. The cove was then drained and was converted into a fresh water lake.CIMG1923

The construction of the reservoir was an engineering feat. The dam of the Reservoir is 28m tall and approximately 2 km long. Our plan was to walk from one end of the dam to another and then retrace our footsteps on our way back.

When photographing the sceneries, dragon flies got into the pictures.

They are small, but they flew close to the lens, they were magnified and looks big relative to the other features in the picture..

Temple Street Night Market

Many tourists visiting Hong Kong know that there is a Women’s Market. In fact, there is also a Men’s market.

This is how the market is described in Wikipedia:

The Temple Street Night Market is sometimes known as Men’s Street as it is very popular for men’s fashion. The market starts at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, but is lively at dusk daily. Traffic is closed on the street at that time, and visitors swarm into the street. There are more than a hundred stalls with colourful lights in the market. There are carts bulging with goods from clothing to mobile phones and watches. Stalls have items mainly for men, jeans, t-shirts, pants, lighters, shoes, condoms and men’s accessories. Cheap merchandise is common in the night market. Cheap second hand goods such as cassettes, video tapes, old newspapers, antiques are also sold there. Like in other night markets in South East Asia, prices can always be negotiated by bargaining.IMG_6889

Here is a photo taken by my ex-colleague CP Chan. he has taken the photo from a high level.

From the image, you may be able to see a narrow alley swarmed with people and on either side are the stalls or kiosks.

It is so full of life and colors!


A Wisp of Smoke – Man Mo Temple

To go with this picture, I have the following quotation from Vincent Van Gough:

There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.DSCF0162

Let’s not be seen by others just as a wisp of smoke!

I Got Requests

It is not unusual that I got requests from readers asking whether they could see certain images in the upcoming posts.

Frankly speaking, I am pleased to do that provided I have those images and I am in a mood to upload them; instead of continuing to do things at my own discretion and pace.DSC_0281

Some recent requests include:

– wanting to see the Black & White version of the “room” in Angkor Wat temple.

– wanting to see the original image of the Hong Kong city skyline during night time without the added blue tint.DSC_0281A

I am including these images and those recently posted ones for comparison purposes.DSCF2048DSCF2048B

As you can see, the B&W showing the room in Angkor Wat is more mysterious and spooky.

It is difficult to say whether the HK night scene is better without the blue tint.

Although, I must say, the blue tint sometimes work better.DSCF2041B

I have another image here with the blue tint, unlike the other one , the background doesn’t have many colored lights – it is just blue or white – it looks even more calm and fantastic!


Dragon Boat Festival

Earlier last Monday, we have the Dragon Boat Festival .

It is in the memory of a patriotic poet in the olden days who committed suicide by drowning himself in a river as he was no longer listened by the king at the time.IMG_8106

Apart from the dumplings, of course, we have the Dragon Boat Race. Here are some pictures taken on 6 June, by my ex-colleague Mr. CP Chan, during the international Dragon Boat Race in Hong Kong.IMG_8186

For the international race, the boats are smaller.

In fact, throughout the years, the boats are downsized and simplified.IMG_8355

I could still remember the days when the boats have several dozen of people and highly decorative, some even have parasols on them too!

Here is a picture I have taken of the slightly longer boats when they are not in use.DSCF2066

The tails and the heads of the dragons are separately stored on land while the boats are moored in a sheltered location – waiting for the race next year!