Two years ago, I have a series known as The Impressions of Autumn.
I don’t think I have showcased all the photos.
The picture was taken in in the hills of South Korea during Autumn.
We walked for a couple of hours to reach the temple.
The red tree in the foreground stands out in contrast to the temple in the background.
These colors give us the real feel of Autumn..
This week’s DP photo challenge is Curve.
Those who have been following me know that I am a fan of bridges; I like them as they connect one place to another, overcoming obstacles like river, sea, rivers, gorges etc.
They improve connectivity which we all need.
In the early part of my career, I have been designing and project engineering some bridges which still stand today, after 40 years of their design and over three decades of their construction.
In early part of the human history, we have discovered that if we arrange the masonry or stones in the shape of arches, the resulting structure will be put into compression for which stones have a lot of compressive strength.
The stone or masonry of course will need to be cemented together so that there will be a smooth flow of compression in the arches. Human beings have been very clever in erecting curved spans over torrential waters etc..
Many of the bridges were built on this principle and quite a lot of them have lasted for hundreds of years.
Here I will first showcase some of the arch bridges built in the West, the first two examples were taken in Spain, namely, Seville and also Toledo.
The fourth one was taken in Central Park, NYC.
This is followed by a three span masonry bridge in the West Lake China, creating an attractive reflection in the West Lake waters.
I could go on and on, citing more examples – if I can get hold of my old pictures.
For the time being, please enjoy 🙂
This week’s photo challenge is Circle.
The first two photos were taken in FengHuang city ( or the Phoenix City ) of China.This bridge has three circular openings. The second picture shows a single opening in more detail.
It is a graceful looking arch bridge, again with three spans.
When viewed with the reflection, complete circles are formed.
Here is a photo with two axes of Symmetry.
The picture is symmetrical about the water line which divides the reflection from the features on land.
The other axis of symmetry is in the middle span of the triple arch bridge.
The bridge is aesthetically pleasing !
At this time of the year, there was basically an absence of bright colors, the bright colors on this tree gave a strong contrast to the otherwise dull background . . . . . . . . . . . . .
West Lake is a famous fresh water lake located in the historic and scenic area of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. Described by Marco Polo as “the finest and most beautiful city in the world, we were keen to witness the picturesque lake within this finest city. The lake is divided by the causeways of Baidi in the north and Sudi in the west. By the side of the lake, there are numerous temples, pagodas, classical pavilions, landscaped gardens and within the lakes are artificial islands.
With arched bridges stretching over the water, West Lake is the heart of leisure in Hangzhou. On this rainy day, we strolled over the famous arch bridge which crosses the lake and started walking all four sides of the idyllic lake.
Entering into an ancient building, we found it a joy to view through the screen windows of the building. Not only the sight through the window was interesting, we noted the screen itself including the wooden frame around it were artistically carved.
HangZhou, where West Lake is situated, has been among the most important sources
of inspiration for Chinese garden designers, as evidenced by the impact it had on various Chinese classical gardens. We walked past the circular entrance which is so typical of entrances to Chinese gardens.
On our previous trips, we have not covered the less famous western edge of the lake which is known as Yangdi. Our walk on the western edge brought us to unknown beauty such as the stone arch bridge below.
This is the first time we have walked all four sides of the lake, however, we know that this will not be our last trip to West lake and HangZhou. In our mind, we know we will be coming back in another season, another time . . . . . . . . .
PS For related post “Watching Kois in West Lake (Xihu) Hanzhou, China”, please see https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/watching-kois-in-west-lake-xihu-hangzhou-china/