We only perceive time through changes.
However, both stalactite and stalagmite in caverns only grow very slowly.
Limestone stalactites in particular form extremely slowly – usually less than 10 cm every thousand years – and radiometric dating has shown that some are over 190,000 years old.
Here are a couple of photos taken in the limestone caverns of Yunnan, China.
While I am in awe with these formations, I don’t particularly fancy seeing them lit up in multi-colors.
I prefer seeing them in their natural color and state.
This week’s DP theme for the photo challenge is Time.
I am always amazed that some structures can stand the test of time.
The Great Wall has been built thousands of years ago; this is still one of the longest structures in the World.
These walls were the scene of many battles and were great in keeping the “Barbarians” out of central China.
Wish these walls could talk; so that they can tell us their stories.
Here are several photos taken in the Miutianyu section of the Great Wall near Beijing.
I have converted them to Black and White, emphasizing the timelessness.
The original photos were taken during Autumn with some color foliage around.
The B&W, however, evoke more moods.
The next three days are public holidays for the Lunar New Year; so be prepared that there may not be any posting during the period.
Not sure the reason, but I used to associate Pink with being vibrant.
Here are several photos with pink as the principal color.
One is a sort of kale with vibrant pink colors with I saw at the Kadoorie Farm, Hong Kong.
The other pink flower is a common flower in Hong Kong.
The one with bubbles was taken off a painting in Beijing.
So much so for “Vibrant”, I am ready to move onto a new theme.
My last post focused on a few peach flowers.
Here is the bigger picture .. . . . . I am beginning to see the trees.
They look so vibrant and full of life.
In the Lunar Calendar, today is the actually the start of Spring.
These blossoms bring so much hope to me and my family!
PS The pictures were taken in Luoping, Yunnan in China during Spring.
These flowers are so vibrant at this time of the year.
The pictures were taken on our way to Luoping, Yunnan in China a couple of years ago.
Spring was in the air.
There is so much of a festive mood in seeing the flowers.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Vibrant.
Immediately come to mind is this picture taken in “Shangrila”, Yunnan in China.
We were up at a high altitude where air is thin and hail was falling outside.
These dancers, who were dressed in colored costumes were performing their dance in a very lively manner.
While I was not able to take better photos to illustrate their motion; I would say they were just Vibrant!
This week’s theme for DP challenge is Alphabet.
I am digressing somewhat to talk about Fai Chun which are sort of Spring Couplets or Red Banners for the Lunar New Year.
Fai Chun is a traditional decoration that frequently used during Chinese New Year. People put Fai Chun in the doorways to create jubilant festive atmosphere since the phrases written on it means good luck and prosperity. Customarily, Fai Chun is written by hand but owe to convenience, printed versions are mass-produced nowadays. Fai Chun is in either square or rectangular shape. It can be hung vertically or horizontally. Not only does it exist in China, but also in Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
I have prepared the following two pieces of Fai Chun as part of my homework, they are written in the cursive style.
These are four letter words which express people’s good wishes for the New Year and are posted near to the doors.
On the left couplet, the first letter is Dragon ( see the head and the tail), the second is Horse (see the neck, the mare and the four legs underneath), the third and fourth characters mean Spirit. This couplet wishes everybody has the vigor of the dragon and the horse.
The one on the right is more conceptual. The first two words mean “accord with wishes”, the next two words mean ” good fortune”. Together they mean everything good fortune as desired.
Hope they don’t sound too complicated.