Watching Kois

The recent Weekly Photo Challenges are just too difficult to me and I opt to post on other topics.

One of my pastime is watching kois swimming in a pond.

I can never forget watching them swimming in a tourist spot known as “Watching Kois in a Flower Pond” in the West Lake, China.dscf6440

That Winter day was cold and raining, giving a blue hue to the whole picture.

Ripples were set up in the water because of the rain.

Large schools of kois swam up and rushed together in the race for food.

That’s marvelous!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (Kois at West Lake)

This week’s challenge is Rule of Thirds.

This is definitely a photo which is off centered.

The subject of interest is in the upper thirds.DSCF6440

While the water is blueish with ripples from the rain drops falling hard on the winter lake, this contrasts greatly with the school of bright colored kois rushing towards a focal point.

Travel Theme: Golden (in Yunnan)

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Up to now, I still don’t know what I saw.

We were up in the hills of Yunnan, China.DSC_0360

We came across a golden statue which I am not too sure what it is.DSC_0355

This could be GuangYin, but this doesn’t look like the ones I used to see.DSC_0352

It was gold plated.DSC_0353

It looks peaceful.DSC_0358

It sits on top of a  waterfall which plunges into a pool below.DSC_0356

In the pool, there were many kois which were gold in color, swimming happily.DSC_0347

The series of picture will give you an idea of the setting.

I have never shown these pictures as I would like to research it before publishing.

But it is so tempting to publish them under the Travel Theme: Golden!

PS My blogging friend Denise shares the following which she has researched into the background of the golden statute:

It is called Nagarjuna, considered the most important Buddhism philosopher after Gautama Buddha. His image is mostly found in Tibetan Buddhism but scholars said “Along with his disciple Āryadeva, he is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism.” (Wikipedia)