The top picture was converted to black and white.
Please enjoy :-)
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Lake Galvė is a lake in Trakai, Lithuania. It has 21 islands, and one of them houses Trakai Island Castle ( see my previous posts). The lake and most of the other lakes surrounding the castle and city have myths and legends connected to them, of which most contain a tragic love story. The lakes and castle are therefore also said to be haunted.
It found it very serene – with the sailing boats and the blue sky.
Hope the serene scenes bring serenity and inner peace.
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Some beautiful and touristy places do have great views, some of them are serene too.
There are always places which are less traveled, less visited or secluded which offer a lot of serenity.
The last one was taken in the Central Park, New York with a masonry arch bridge behind it.
Maybe, you can decipher what are the common elements which contribute to serenity.
The Photo Challenge of the Daily Post this week is Refraction.
This is a photo which I have not shown to anyone.
This is what you see when you view down the clear calcium rich waters of the lakes in Jiuzhaigou, China.
This is also a perfect example of Refraction ( this is not to be confused with reflection which some people have submitted for this photo challenge).
When I studied physics in high school, I understand that when a wave travels through medium of different refraction index, its speed of travel changes according to the medium, this is detectable when say, light (as a wave), travels in water and air etc.
The picture shows not only fishes in the clear water but also tree trunks which have fallen into the water. The tree trunks look bent from their original straight alignment when immersed in the lake water – a good example of refraction.
If you look directly over the lake water, the bottom is the lake appear shallower, again, a result of refraction.
The Daily Post asks us to show a picture to show our understanding of refraction; this is perhaps the best example that I can give!
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Two years ago about this time we travelled to South Korea.
It started raining when we were taking a cable car up Daedunsan.
The second picture was taken at West Lake about 3 years ago.
It was raining hard and you can see the ripples on the lake surface.
Further away is a Chinese style bridge – it looks amazing in the rain.
No tourist really wants rain in their trip, but chances are that there will be rain in our travels!
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There was not much life in the water which has a substantial content of calcium. In fact, it was so clear that you can see the bottom of the lake.
The other dreamy notion is the reflection in the water. The water is placid and the reflection is as clear as those from a mirror.
It is a land of water flow, where you find water everywhere.
It is a land of travertine, where white deposits of calcium gathered around pools of clear water. From the photo, it looks more like snow to me. A winter world of snow.
We knew we were in paradise – a dreamy paradise!
This is almost the right time now for another visit to this dreamy land – all I need is to renew my visa and go!
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Some readers asked why I didn’t post on Chinese Gardens but posted quite a few on Japanese Gardens.
The truth is I like Chinese Gardens but I have lost most photos on the beautiful gardens, especially those in Suzhou and Hangzhou in China.
I don’t think I am able to give you a better explanation about Chinese gardens, the text in italics below are all lifted from Wikipedia, except that I have extracted the more salient parts. So, please enjoy.
The Chinese garden is a landscape garden style which has evolved over three thousand years. It includes both the vast gardens of the Chinese emperors and members of the Imperial Family, built for pleasure and to impress, and the more intimate gardens created by scholars, poets, former government officials, soldiers and merchants, made for reflection and escape from the outside world. They create an idealized miniature landscape, which is meant to express the harmony that should exist between man and nature.
A typical Chinese garden is enclosed by walls and includes one or more ponds, rock works, trees and flowers, and an assortment of halls and pavilions within the garden, connected by winding paths and zig-zag galleries. By moving from structure to structure, visitors can view a series of carefully composed scenes, unrolling like a scroll of landscape paintings.
The artificial mountain (jiashan) or rock garden is an integral element of Chinese classical gardens. The mountain peak was a symbol of virtue, stability and endurance in the philosophy, of Confucius and in the I Ching. A mountain peak on an island was also a central part of the legend of the Isles of the Immortals, and thus became a central element in many classical gardens.
The first rock garden appeared in Chinese garden history in Tu Yuan (literally the Rabbit Garden), built during the Western Han Dynasty period (206 BCE – 9 CE). During the Tang Dynasty, the rock was elevated to the status of an art object, judged by its form (xing), substance (zhi), color (se), and texture (wen), as well as by its softness, transparency, and other factors. The poet Bo Juvi (772-846) wrote a catalog of the famous rocks of Lake Taihu, called Taihu Shiji. These rocks, of limestone sculpted by erosion, became the most highly prized for gardens.
A pond or lake is the central element of a Chinese garden. The main buildings are usually placed beside it, and pavilions surround the lake to see it from different points of view. The garden usually has a pond for lotus flowers, with special pavilion for viewing them. There are usually goldfish in the pond, with pavilions over the water for viewing them.
The lake or pond has an important symbolic role in the garden. In the Book of Transformations (I Ching) water represents lightness and communication, and carried the food of life on its journey through the valleys and plains. It also is the complement to the mountain, the other central element of the garden, and represents dreams and the infinity of spaces. The shape of the garden pond often hides the edges of the pond from viewers on the other side, giving the illusion that the pond goes on to infinity. The softness of the water contrasts with the solidity of the rocks. The water reflects the sky, and therefore is constantly changing, but even a gentle wind can soften or erase the reflections.