This week’s DP theme for the photo challenge is Time.
I am always amazed that some structures can stand the test of time.
The Great Wall has been built thousands of years ago; this is still one of the longest structures in the World.
These walls were the scene of many battles and were great in keeping the “Barbarians” out of central China.
Wish these walls could talk; so that they can tell us their stories.
Here are several photos taken in the Miutianyu section of the Great Wall near Beijing.
I have converted them to Black and White, emphasizing the timelessness.
The original photos were taken during Autumn with some color foliage around.
The B&W, however, evoke more moods.
The next three days are public holidays for the Lunar New Year; so be prepared that there may not be any posting during the period.
I was thinking of drafting a post on the Trees and Roots on the Milford Track; but on going through my archive, I found this picture which I thought should be uploaded now.
The light was shining through the foliage, when we visited the HongLuo Temple in the outskirts of Beijing a couple of years ago.
I have seen many ginkgo trees before but this one was at its best with the light shining through, making the leaves more or less translucent.
Isn’t this ornate?
The picture was taken three years ago when we re-visited Beijing.
As different from our past visits to Beijing, the trip focused on natural rather then historical aspects of Beijing and its suburbs.
These leaves taken against a red wall in HongLuo Temple is one of my favorite photo in that trip.
Few people do not know that the Great Wall has been a boundary that kept the “barbarians” out of medieval China.
This wall, which runs for thousand of miles, protects the Han people from the attacks of the outsiders.
The wall now attracts visitors from all over the world.
The boundary, which gallops through hilly terrain, is an ideal place to view colored foliage during Autumn.
Another example of an irregular Grid used in architecture.
The picture was also taken in Beijing.
The external face of this stadium for water sports, known as the Water Cube, is illuminated in blue.
It is so fascinating that such irregular grid is used in architecture.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Grid.
Whenever we talk of Grid, there is a preconception of it being straight lines and intersecting at right angles etc.
I do think Grid has a broader meaning.
The photo taken at the “Bird’s Nest” Stadium in Beijing illustrates a grid which is not regular and with members intersecting at acute angles.
The structure is being hold up by inclined members weaving together at various angles which make it looks like a bird’s nest.
It is especially interesting at night as the colorful interior lights get changing with time and intensity!
Here is another entry for this week’s Daily Press Photo Challenge.
The picture was taken in a park in Beijing.
Autumn was in the air and the light shone through the leaves.
The leaves looked colorful to me, in fact, I could visualize some looking like butterflies dancing the sky.