This week’s DP photo challenge is Inspiration.
My inspirational moment is sitting out on the ledge of the rock and gazing out to the mountains yonder.
The layers of panoramic mountains in front of me is the main source of my inspiration.
This is a picture taken when hiking Sanqing Shan ( Mountain), China.
Of course, I wasn’t able to go onto the ledge of the rock because of the steep cliff which was covered with dense vegetation.
However, this is an unforgettable moment full of Inspiration.
I know I have been violating the Rule of Thirds – and that’s the reason why I have ended up with stacks of photos which are Half / Half.
Here is a picture taken at a beach in Hong Kong when the sun was setting.
I like the atmosphere and both halves of the picture – the beach and the sky.
Which half do you belong?
The white half which represents light and happiness?
The black half which represents dark and imprisoned?
This is my only departure from my usual landscape / seascape photos.
A picture I have taken of the sculpture by Ju Ming.
No photography was allowed inside the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.
So, I am not able to share many of the interesting exhibits like clothing, weapons, coffin etc of Genghis Khan. This is very much regrettable.
Outside the mausoleum, there is a vast space for worshiping of Genghis Khan.
There was a raised circular space with steps on the sides, presumably this is for staging the worship ceremony.
On the sides, there are stone sculptures of dragon heads.
One of the pictures taken was a close up of the dragon head.
There are also copper or bronze vessels for burning of joss sticks, for making offers during the worshiping ceremony.
As someone who knows not much at all of the Mongolian culture and history, I was at a loss as to what many of the things I saw represent.
For the sake of sharing, I am sharing photos here that I still don’t understand what they represent.
I hope when I have the time, I will research into their meaning and significance.
Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.
Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.
The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city, about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.
Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.
The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.
These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.
One of the most memorable things in Croatia must be the sea at Croatia.
The deep blue Adriatic sea captured my heart when we were there.
The sea was so charming that I spent hours and hours by the sea, watching ships and smaller vessels mainly.
There was good sunshine in the coastal areas of Croatia and the sea was just a reflection of the clear and blue sky.
The first picture was taken in Split. Gazing out from the shore, I saw this cruise liner which seemed to be the only thing which separates the sea from the sky.
We spent a few days on the island of Hvar ( on the second picture) where I felt completely relaxed.
The sea was just everywhere and I like watching yachts and sea gulls flying past.
I think I could stay on the island forever!
This picture was taken just minutes before I got wet from the rain!
Depending on how you look at it, there could be many Halves.
It is a picture of half sky + hills against half water and reservoir dam.
It is a picture with the left hand side dark because of the rain clouds and the right hand side relatively brighter.
It is a picture of contrasting halves, on the right you have the fresh calm water in a reservoir reclaimed from the sea, the armour protection on the right by the side of the road access is still bright and clear. On the left, the sea was already dark and somewhat choppy.
So, this photo taken at Plover Cove Reservoir, Hong Kong contains many contrasting halves!