Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind ( Temple)

I wasn’t sure what was on my mind when seeing this in the Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong.

There was a big bronze bowl which has a face molded on it. The bowl full of sand was for insertion of the incense sticks.IMG_6829

Smoke from the incense sticks coming up to the air.

At the same time, light from the roof above was glancing down as the sun was setting.

I had a state of mind which I have never experienced.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless ( Smoke )

Lately, the DP Photo Challenges are getting more and more difficult to handle.

This week, the theme of the challenge is Weightless.

I am sure smoke has weight too.DSCF0162A

Things that have mass have weight.

Smoke particles, which has mass,  must carry some weight.

Nevertheless, they seem to be floating away from these incense sticks.

The picture was taken in Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong.

It not only appears weightless, but also timeless!

This is the Type of Photo I Love to Take Lately

This is the type of photo I took recently in the Man Mo Temple.

Without any tripod, I took a deep breadth, hold my breath and clicked.. . . . . . . .

While the joystick incense remained stationery,  the smoke from the burning incense drifted into the air, illuminated by natural light coming through the roof.

A thousand years seem to have gone past while I took the picture ( actually I was down to 1/14 second).DSCF0158

I am not a follower of the Buddhist, although I sincerely believe many of the teachings are applicable to daily life.

According to a report issued by the John Hopkins University:

“Many religious traditions have contended that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.”

Hope it will have the same effect on you on seeing this image 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist(ed Incense)

This is the first time I photographed within a temple in Hong Kong.

Just yesterday, I was testing my new camera at the Man Mo Temple along Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island.DSCF0118

I was fascinated by the light coming at an angle onto the interior of the temple, the smoke from the spiral incense and also from the joy sticks – in the end I took many photos of the scene which seem very colorful and surreal to me.

Here, I am only showing the spiral incense photo as an entry to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist.

Please enjoy 🙂