This week’s DP Photo Challenge Theme is Rare.
While it is not that rare to see these conical stone heaps in Inner Mongolia; but they are still rare in many sense of the word.
These conical mass of stones or Aobaos can be seen in the open grasslands of Inner Monogolia,
Aobao was born as a landmark for the grasslands. They were used to signify the border or to demarcate cities. After the era of Genghis Khan, people admired and yearned for brave heroes who died at the war front. They then made Aobaos as tombs and inserted their swords or axes, which they used when they were still alive, atop the Aobaos.
Later on, Aobao became a place for sacrifice to the mountain god, the road god and the war-god.
And now, the Aobao’s most important use is for sacrifice. People always sacrifice the best corn, meet, fruit and alcohol to Aobao and pray for good weather, good harvest and good fortune.
Every summer, herdsmen will come to the Aobaos with their offerings. At this time, the Aobaos are decorated with pure white scarves or hadas at the center of the Aobao and colorful pieces of cloth around it and beautiful ethnic dances will be performed around them.
Aobaos are also symbolic things. It is also a place for dating for the young people as Aobaos are now considered romantic meeting places.
This week’s DP Photo Challenge is Rare.
I am not sure what is the best picture for this theme.
Here is a picture taken of a tree stump in Inner Mongolia, China.
It is said to be a thousand years old.
Isn’t it rare?
We stayed somewhere on the hills overlooking lake Geneva, Switzerland.
To stay healthy, we did a walk about after an early breakfast.
Firstly, we have to negotiate a somewhat steep trail.
Along the trail, there were some fox holes. Unfortunately, I have no luck of seeing any foxes.
The sun has come up and shone through the leaves. As usual, I took a photo of the light through the leaves.
We climbed higher and reach this grassland where there are only a couple of lone trees.
I like trees in a open plain and was glad to take this photo.
Another good morning I woke up to, just fantastic!
I didn’t expect there were camels in the grassland.
Woke up early in the morning and wandered into the grassland.
It rained the day before and there was no sunrise.
There were quite a few camels that have woken up and grazing on the grassland in Inner Mongolia.
Although, I didn’t expect so many of them.
They were not as tall as the ones I saw in Egypt or India.
They have double humps too.
I surmised that they were raised by people in the area and are not wild ones.
Also nearby were some horses.
This year has already seen an unusual amount of rainfall.
As we sipped our tea on the 102 level of the building, we were dismayed by the heavy rain beating against the window pane.
This marred the otherwise fantastic view – this is the view from the tallest building in the area.
The rain drops have smeared the windows, making the views look uninviting.
As somebody with a craze for taking pictures, I wouldn’t mind taking photos of these; recording that the Lord has given me another blessed day.
We were disappointed when we arrived at the restaurant on level 102 as we couldn’t see anything from the windows on account of the rain and the condensation.
So, we just enjoyed our lunch.
The weather turned better after finished lunch and I have my mint tea.
The mist seemed to be rising from the sea ( Victoria Harbor) as I went near to the window to get some shots.
The mist seemed so thick and fantastic as I aimed my camera towards the Ocean Center and the China Macau Ferry Terminal on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
The view was so surreal!
It has been raining for several days.
We were up on Floor 102 of the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong enjoying our lunch.
The weather was pretty bad and we couldn’t see a thing from the windows.
Then the sky suddenly cleared up.
There were still rain drops on the window pane.
The view of the Victoria Harbor from there was just magnificent.
The clouds beneath us together with the rain drops really add to the mood.