Northern Lights – On the Way to Greenland

One is not guaranteed to see northern lights in the northern regions.

They may appear for a short period or not at all.

These pictures taken by my wife on a cruise, on the way from Iceland to Greenland.

The sky looks green and unusual.

Hope there will be another encounter with the northern lights.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine (HK Sunset )

I have always liked the sunset in Langkawi, Malaysia and have posted on this subject.

However, that doesn’t mean that the sunset here in Hong Kong is not beautiful.12356917_1218296524854152_628836955429126474_o

I went out in a boat recently and toke this picture on our way to the outlying islands..

This may be the best sunset picture I have ever taken!

Milford Sound vs Three Gorges

Here are two photos which talk to each other.

The top one was taken at Milford Sound in New Zealand, while the second one was taken in Three Gorges.IMG_0027

Both were taken on a boat.

They are very similar in composition but they convey very different moods.DSCF6173

The sea at Milford Sound was a bit choppy and the scene a bit dark.

I rather like the Three Gorges one which depicts sunset and calm waters.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth (under the Turkish Sky)

The sun was exerting its last rays of sunlight as our cruise of the Bosporus almost ended when approaching Istanbul.

Against the sky was the silhouette of Istanbul in all its beauty.CIMG0602

The spires of the mosques were the most noticeable features in the whole skyline.

The clouds in the sky ensured that the warmth of the day was still there to stay.

Yes, warmth was all around!

Sunday Post: Window

This is not a composite picture.

I like this image because it looks like a composite picture although in fact it isn’t.

We came across this tourist vessel moored alongside the bank of the river in Annecy, France last year. DSCF1024A

It has a glass top and sides so that tourists on board can have a 360 degree view of the scenery as the vessel cruises up and down the Annecy river.

From the outside, you can see clearly the red chairs on the vessel, the glasses filled with water, the white table cloth, bottles of table wine, loaves of bread etc., at the same time, you can also clearly see the reflection of  the twigs and leaves  of the trees planted on the bank.

We were loitering on the bank of the river, but it is not difficult to imagine what it is like to sit leisurely inside the glass boat, looking out at the fantastic views of the Annecy medieval town. There was so much to see in Annecy and I love what I saw. This image  added to my liking of this beautiful place.

The other picture is an image taken casually at “The Temple of Dendur” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.005A

Apart from the faint image of the trees outside the windows, I like the lines of the window frames and their reflection in the water.

Understand that I M Pei, my much revered architect, was involved in this part of the expansion of the museum.