Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Japanese Footbridge )

This week’s photo challenge is Mirror.

It was a delight to walk across this Japanese footbridge in the gardens of Shinkoku, Japan.cimg5568

The environment was quiet and pleasant, the air was crispy clean and the water below was serene.

The reflection of the footbridge in the water and the koi swimming slowly in the water were just timeless . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony ( Private Garden )

I never knew that my friend has a private garden until I visited him.

It was a place filled with harmony.CIMG3488

Harmony between man made garden and the inner self.

A garden with quiet corners, with moon gates and all sort of green plants.CIMG3513A

Here are a few pictures taken there.

The garden even has a moon gate which some rich people in olden China have as entrances to their private gardens.CIMG3507

The garden also have ponds where kois are reared.

A garden that is kept secret from neigbours and friends.CIMG3484

Maybe, this is his little secret garden, a garden that he finds solace and peace of mind.

Some day, I hope I will also have a garden similar to this.CIMG3492

Of course, this is my secret dream.CIMG3512

 

 

 

Watching Kois in West Lake (Xihu) Hangzhou, China

Last Summer, the World Heritage Committee has inscribed the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The inscribed landscape has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.  The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature

We knew it wasn’t the best time of the year for visiting West Lake in Hangzhou China. It was November, the sky was hazy and it was cool when we landed at the airport.

Early next morning, we started our exploration of the lake which is listed by UNESCO. We strolled along the banks of the West Lake, wandering into an area which is known as “Orioles Singing in the Willows “.

The view was refreshingly green. There were willows everywhere and the place looked very tranquil; although we didn’t see or hear any orioles.

As we wandered further along the bank of the lake, the rain began to fall.

We have a good watch of wild ducks swimming in the water and the whole lake with willows on the bank looked so serene.

Strolled further along, we were awed by view with this traditional Chinese bridge standing out of the water on the other side of the lake.

Not deterred by the rain, we walked further along and crossed the  footbridge (below).

We came to a lake where schools of bright-colored kois were  swimming ; they were mainly red and orange in color.

It was a joy to watch the kois admist the rain. The sky turned dark and this imparted a blue hue on the water surface. The whole thing started looking like a painting. Rain drops shooting into the water and spreading out as  ripples.

The kois swam underneath the water and only surfaced when they spotted food on the water surface. The kois swimming in the lake were just like impressionist paintings with a blue background. The contrasting  red and orange colors were in an ever-changing pattern of different spatial dispersion and intensity.

I was entranced by their movements, sometimes swimming together, came up to the surface and compete for the food they found.

I could see the individual droplets of rain hitting the surface  of the water and the resulting ripples spreading out.

I thought I could stay here all day gazing how the kois came together against the blue background. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

For related post ” The Last Days of Autumn in West Lake, China”, please see https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/the-last-days-of-autumn-in-west-lake-china/