The Love Bridge at Annecy

How romantic!

The bridge at the end of the river Le Thiou where  it finally meets Lake Annecy,  is known as Pont des Amours (or the Bridge of Love).dscf1119a

Supposedly, it is a magical little spot where legend says that anyone you kiss might just be with you forever!

I wasn’t there at the right time of the day ( it looks very romantic with the lights on in the evening) and could not afford to stay any longer.

The Streets and Alleys of Baltic (11)

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 Vilnius, Riga, Tallin etc.

What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.DSC_0051

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.DSC_0051A

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!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time (Great Wall)

This week’s DP theme for the photo challenge is Time.

I am always amazed that some structures can stand the test of time.DSCF2671A

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.DSCF2670

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.DSCF2650A

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.

 

Wettest January

Last month has been the wettest January Hong Kong has seen since records began 132 years ago, the Hong Kong Observatory has announced.CIMG7818A

As of Friday afternoon, over 260mm of rainfall had been recorded, the Observatory said, making this month the wettest January since 1884. Previously, the wettest on record was January 1887, when 214.3mm of rain fell.CIMG7820

The first picture is the mist outside my window. I have changed it to Black and White to make it look more moody.

The second picture was taken in the portrait format. There were so many raindrops on my window pane.

Go away, El Nino!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Hong Kong 2)

I realize the WPC Challenge has changed its theme to Fray this week.

But there are so many good photos which I still haven’t got the chance to show on Silhouette.

One of them is the photo below.2415682259_2dc05636b2_o

This photo has so much mood in it, especially the clouds and the sea.

It is an image taken by my friend CP Chan on one of his fishing trips to the fishing rafts in the New Territories in Hong Kong.

Our eyes (and brains) are always caught by something which we have never seen before. To me, this is one of those!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast (in Waterfalls)

This is a last minute entry to this week’s WPC – Contrast.

Here are 5 images of waterfalls taken in various parts of China.042A

These include waterfalls from Jiuzhegou and Yunnan.059A

They have all been converted to Black & White to specially depict the Contrast in waterfalls.DSCF2931A

There is contrast between the running water and the adjacent stationery landforms.DSCF2939A

Usually within a waterfall,  they are make up of a number of big and small falls.DSC_0419

There is a contrast between the powerful waterfalls and the resistance of the nearby rocks.

I don’t think I am able to adequately describe the contrasts in the photos, for this, I will leave you to respond in your comments .

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast (B&W)

Different colors can create a dazzling contrast but the picture here shows that a big contrast can be produced in Black & White.

The picture was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.CSC_0319

The light was coming from the side. It creates a good contrast between the various parts of the Buddha face.

The carvings at the edge also shows a good contrast!