The source of my inspiration is from the nature.
It could be mountains, sea, rivers, clouds, waterfalls etc.
One of my recent inspirational moments is hiking to the top of Sanqing Shan, China.
This photo was captured when hiking up on the trails near to the top of the mountain when clouds came looming over and the area was darkened.
This place Jiuzhaigou has afforded me a lot of inspirational moments.
Lush trees standing out so clearly from the background mountains.
Clouds just beyond the yonder mountain covering partially the mountain top.
The blue water of the placid lake forming seemingly the first layer, followed by layers of different colors.
These are my inspirations!
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.
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.
The DP’s theme for this week’s challenge is Half and Half.
This photo is half desert and half sky.
Taken in the Resonance Desert of inner Mongolia, I like the sky more than the desert.
The clouds look as if they are springing forward.
Also somewhat surreal is a modern structure, for cultural exhibition, standing aloof in the desert.
We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.
We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.
Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.
Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.
Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.
Also near the temple is this drum tower.
Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.
The trip was a bit of a disappointment!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Symbol.
A symbol is an object that represents, stands for or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs.
This week, I will be showing some symbols.
I hope they are self explanatory. For those that I don’t explain – the reason is clear – I don’t know the meaning behind them either!
This image was taken in Longfu Shan, China and represents Ying and Yang.
On the right, the characters says: in the middle of Longfu (dragon and tiger) Mountain, you look for the Master of the Way or Taosim.
There is a string of characters on the left which I was not able to capture. I was not able to zoom out anymore as I was restricted by the space available.