Church of Immaculate Conception

I like taking photos of churches or cathedrals; especially those in Europe.

Both the interior or exterior of their architecture are so fine and beautiful; some of them look so majestic and grand too.LA 016

Here is a picture taken of the Immaculate Conception church, a simple structure,  in the old town of San Diego, USA.

A picture which I found from my archive; it is a picture taken with a first generation electronic compact camera.

Still, it looks not bad.

 

The Streets and Alleys of Baltic (9)

I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.

I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.

What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 028

I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.

I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.

They leave an undeletable part in my memory!

Willow – Down By the Salley Gardens

I have always been fascinated by willows, especially those planted near to the river or lake.
Understand that willows may have originated in the West and some of them were transplanted to the East.CIMG2781
As a secondary school student, I have enjoyed reading the book “The Wind in the Willows” although it doesn’t have a lot to deal with willows.CIMG2787
The view of the willows while punting in the River Cam of Cambridge is an unforgettable sight. Here are some pictures taken of willows.
The first two were taken in XiangShan Gardens in Beijing.DSCF2883
The third one was untaken in a garden while we were travelling in Yunnan – name now forgotten.
The fourth one was taken in a Chinese garden in Okinawa, Japan.
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The next three were taken in the gardens of the West Lake, China.
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Only recently that I know that Salley, as in the song Down By the Salley Garden,  in fact means willow.DSCF6349
It has been suggested that the location of the “Salley Gardens” was on the banks of the river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide roof thatching materials. “Salley” or “sally” is a form of the Standard English word “sallow”, i.e., a tree of the genus Salix. It is close in sound to the Irish word saileach, meaning willow.DSCF6353
Hope you like the lyrics of the song too:
Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
The penultimate photo was taken in a garden when we were on our way to Yunnan, China.DSC_0016
The view of the willows while punting in the River Cam of Cambridge is an unforgettable sight.
Unfortunately, I no longer have the photo.
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Instead, I have a photo of willow taken at the Central Park, New York to conclude this post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half Light (Canyon)

This photo has three light zones.

The brightest part is on the left hand side, showing hills yonder with their shadows.

The middle zone showing the somewhat reddish rock with their many joints as a result of weathering.

The right hand zone is dark but still shows the rugged nature of the rock face.CIMG4055

It also shows the silhouette of my brother and sister in law walking under the overhanging rock.

The picture was taken by my wife while travelling in the South Western part of the States.

Altogether, it makes an interesting picture!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance ( of the Dolphins )

Have been out to the sea to see the dolphins; but never saw so many dolphins at the same time.

The Video below was taken by my wife while in California.

. . .. . . . . .  it shows a group of dolphins swimming playfully.

It looks as if they were dancing happily.

What a delightful sight!

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind ( New York)

So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.”

The above is what the Challenger asks us to do this week for the Photo Challenge.010A

Have been to New York several times. Each time, I got a special feeling about the place.

There are many places I like, however, the ordinary streets cape in NY reminds me that I am actually there.

The mix of the old and the new gives you a sense of place.

A place that is so varied, so alive and so full of energy!

 

The Other Side of Dubrovnik

Most tourists head for the fortress side of Dubrovnik; we did the same too.

Many of my photos show the fortresses, the walls and the many terracotta roofs.CIMG1538A

For a change, this picture was taken towards the sea, away from the fortresses, when the sun has set.

We were walking back to the hotel and my eyes were captured by the very peaceful feeling of the sea and the cliffs and the lone house by the seaside.

Altogether, a very soothing view!