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Here are two photos taken of fireworks in Toyu Lake, Japan.
They are glamorous, change their shape and colors with time and last for a short time only.
I like seeing them developing in the air, change shape , color and configuration and finally disappear in the sky.
Lake Tōya is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan.
The photos were taken by my classmate YM Chan to whom credit is due.
Please enjoy :-)
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I must declare this is not my photo; it is a recent photo taken from the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
I would like to show it to contrast it with a photo taken by me on a good day where you can see forever.
The photos show the tallest building in Hong Kong, the Pacific Club with the West Kowloon in the background.
The first photo shows what you can see ( which is not much) earlier this month when there was heavy fog.
The second photo taken by me shows what you can actually see on a normal day.
Only when both pictures are put together, readers can appreciate what the fog can do!
The opening of the red lotus flowers at Angkor Wat, Cambodia marked the start of a fresh new day.
The Lord has given us a new day.
We will take it gracefully as it arrives!
When I arrived at the beach, I knew I was Rewarded.
It was a fine day in Spring, with not a lot of visitors on the Brighton beach.
All I could see was the Victorian pier against a background of clouds in the blue sky and waves crashing in from the sea.
More than that, the father playing with his son on the beach has always reminded me of my days on the beach with my dad (who has left the world a long time ago! )
The building of the Stonehenge earth mound may have started around the same time when the pyramid at Saqarra, Egypt was built ( see my previous post).
This ancient monument of huge stones solitarily standing on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England has captured imaginations for centuries.
There were many mysteries surrounding this monument – who have built it?, for what purpose and how was it built?
Many theories have been put forward. Speculation on the reasons it was built range from human sacrifice to astronomy.
Investigations over the last 100 years have revealed that Stonehenge was built in several stages from 2800 – 1800 BC. It seems to have been designed to allow for observation of astronomical phenomena – summer and winter solstices, eclipses, and more.
It is also a puzzle as to how the stones were transported to the site – including 82 bluestones weighing as much as 4 tonnes for 240 miles from the Preseli mountains in Wales to the Sarsen stones, up to 50 tonnes from 25 miles north of Stonehenge.
It is all over the news that various parts of UK is flooded.
This time, the flooding is due to the more than normal rainfall that UK is experiencing.
Several decades ago, it was worried that areas next to the River Thames would be flooded because of tidal surges and for this reason that the Thames Tidal Barriers were constructed.
The barrier with rotatable tidal gates shown in the image were installed. They look alien to the surrounding but at the same time they seemed integrate well with it and become icons to the area.
Keeping the sea out is a problem, but getting the water out to the sea appears to be an even bigger problem!
PS The image has been retouched from a slide which I bought in 1985 when visiting thee Thames Tidal Barriers
We have the coldest February since 1996. Where I live, the temperature was down to 6 degrees Celsius this morning. You may say that this is already high by many standards. But mind you, I am living in the subtropics!
It is rainy and gloomy too. This reminds me again of my trip up Snowdonia in 1985.
From a high altitude, I had a good glimpse of Llyn Llydaw – one of Snowdonia’s deepest lake.
The following is lifted from Wikipedia which gives a detailed description of the lake:
Llyn Llydaw – 1,430 feet (440 m) high, 110 acres (45 ha) – lies in Cwm Dyli, Snowdon’s eastern cwm, and is one of Snowdonia’s deepest lakes, at up to 190 ft (58 m) deep. Various explanations of its name have been put forward, including lludw (“ash”), from ashen deposits along the shore, to Llydaw (“Brittany”). It contains evidence of a crannog settlement, and was the location of a 10-by-2-foot (3 m × 0.6 m) dugout canoe described in the Cambrian Journal in 1862. The lake is significantly coloured by washings from the copper mines nearby, and is used by the Cwm Dyli hydroelectric power station, which opened in 1906. The lake is crossed by a causeway, built in 1853 and raised in the 20th century to prevent the causeway from flooding frequently.
The most prominent feature on this image is the causeway – a causeway which I crossed when we descended the mountain.