Weekly Photo Challenge: Today was a Good Day (Ritsurin Garden)

It wasn’t a good day in terms of weather; as it has been raining cats and dogs.

However, we did have a good day in the Ritsurin Garden, Shikoku, Japan.

Watching lotus, artistically twisted and trimmed trees, a Japanese style bridge which resembles the Monet footbridge, have Japanese tea tasting etc.CIMG5532

All in all, it was a good day.

I like the lotus flowers most, although they were shattered by the heavy down pour.

For those who are interested in the garden, please see my other posts.

The Footbridge and the Cock at Nan Lin Garden, Hong Kong

For those who have been following my blog, they would know that I have a special interest in bridges.

Here I will be posting some photos of a beautiful footbridge at Nan Lin gardens in Hong Kong.IMG_0740 (3)

For those who want to know a bit about the background of the garden, below is an introduction given in Wikipedia:IMG_0755 (3)

The Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) is a Chinese Classical Garden in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The garden has an area of 3.5 hectares. It is designed in the Tang Dynasty-style with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures.IMG_0730 (3)

The garden was a joint project of the Chi Lin Nunnery and the Hong Kong Government. It opened to the public on November 14, 2006.

So, this is a relatively new garden and one of my favorite gardens too.

I have taken pictures there but my photos are a lot less attractive than those taken by my friend CP Chan.

So here, I am going to feature his photos rather than uploading mine.IMG_2216 (3)

This Tang dynasty styled footbridge has a tiled cover. It looks elegant and aesthetically attractive and pleasing.

What is particularly interesting is that on top of the roof is a pagoda like structure.

If you look at the top of the pagoda, you will find a cock standing up there.

The silhouette below, I think, is the main subject of my post – a cock in silhouette beautifully portrayed.

Please enjoy!2635084637_8fdd02fdc0_o

Kintai Bridge, Japan (Details)

( There are 5 photos in this post)

In my previous post, I have shown an overview of the footbridge which is ranked the third most beautiful bridge in Japan.

Here, I am going into a bit of details.DSCF0297

There wasn’t sunshine when we were at the bridge site – we were still under the influence of the typhoon Neoguri. The reflections of the bridge in the water prompted me taking this photo.DSCF0303

We bought entrance tickets and walked up and down the bridge to the other end of the bridge. Walking up and down do require quite a bit of effort, here is a close view of the hump in the bridge.DSCF0302

While at the other end, I noted there was a kiosk (guard house) and some pines.  Thought it was a good idea to take photo of the bridge with some pines the image.DSCF0312

I went down to the river bank and have a good look at the underside of the bridge. The whole bridge was of timber construction – the girders, the cross beams and the diagonal bracings etc.DSCF0309A

The water below the bridge was running fast – I imagine that the speed will increase with torrential rain. A lot of armour rocks were laid underneath the bridge to protect the bridge pier and  foundations.

Hope this post is not too technical; I may post more on the aesthetic side of the bridge in due course!