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I like comparing and contrasting between pictures.
Here are two pictures taken at Sapporo, Hokkaido in Japan.
Both were taken by the waterway and have similar backgrounds.
The Winter scene was taken by my classmate YM Chan.
Whereas, the Summer one was taken by me.
I dislike touring around during Winters, so have never been to Sapporo when it was snowing.
However, I must admit that the Winter one is more interesting and moody!
This tall tree is a famous “named” tree by the roadside in Hokkaido in Japan.
This is another example of the Rule of Thirds where the tree is located on the left third of the picture.
Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year.
I wish everybody a happy and prosperous New Year!
My special thanks go to those who have supported my mum and me during the difficult times December last year.
May the peach blossoms bring you good health and good tidings!
4 February is Li Chun – the start of the season of Spring in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
A lot of people might not know that, actually our Lunar New Year starts on Li Chun Day or Lunar New Year will only be considered as Officially Arrived after Li Chun Day.
Li Chun Day is a day to mark the start of a New Lunar Year and also, to mark the Arrival of the Spring Season.
Usually after Li Chun Day, most of the plants will start to grow again, snowing will slowly cease and accumulated ice will start to melt etc.
One sign of Spring is the blossoming of flowers. Here are some peach blossoms seen at night. Night is about to phase out and turn into day. What a wonderful sight! PS Picture taken by my classmate YM Chan in Japan.
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This week’s theme is Express Yourself – problem is that I have been very busy lately so that I did not have any chance to express myself as good as I would have like in the blog.
The first picture was taken in the Towel Museum of Shinkoku.
The violinist is expressing himself with his skills.
In fact, the figure is made of towels – the museum is expressing an art which they are capable of doing using their materials for towels.
I took this picture trying to express how a small show piece can be like given the lighting condition.
The second picture was taken in the same trip when we first landed at an airport not far from Shinkoku, Japan.
We were happy to see that a female artist was playing a musical instrument which is like the Chinese instrument GuZheng – an instrument that my wife has been playing for years.
This artist does have a lot of talent when expressing herself with the instrument.
This picture left me wordless!
PS The picture was taken by my classmate YM Chan in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Some beautiful and touristy places do have great views, some of them are serene too.
There are always places which are less traveled, less visited or secluded which offer a lot of serenity.
The three photos were taken in such quiet places.
The first one was taken in a quiet corner of the Plitvice Lakes park in Croatia. I always like trees reaching out to the water, with the water seems deep and unfathomable.
The second one was taken at a little river in the Ritsurin Garden at Shinkoku, Japan – everything seem very tranquil.
The last one was taken in the Central Park, New York with a masonry arch bridge behind it.
Maybe, you can decipher what are the common elements which contribute to serenity.