Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy ( Fragrant Hill Park, Beijing)

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We were in Beijing three years ago and have the opportunity to visit the Fragrant Hill Park and Mountain.

It was Autumn and Beijing was , as forever, always hazy.

The haze gives a dreamy feel, but this feeling is not due to the haze alone.DSCF2742

We passed by this beautiful which has all the ingredients of a beautiful picture: colored foliage in the hills, weeping willow near the water edge, a peaceful like with lily pads, a Chines style pagoda with red columns, reflection in the water.DSCF2748

The weeping willows reminded me of the willows I saw elsewhere, like those in West Lake, China or those by the side of River Cam in Cambridge, UK. They all look like a curtain of green leaves hanging them, unveiling the tranquility in front of your eyes.DSCF2752

Also by the lake were pine trees, they look so much in harmony with the whole scene.DSCF2767

Not far from this lake was a water feature with stones specially placed in an artistic manner which is not uncommon in Chinese garden designs.

All these looked dreamy to me, the haze definitely added to it.

So we sat down by the lake and dreamed and dreamed all day.


The Summer of 1985 at Hampstead Heath, London

I fondly remember the Summer of 1985 when I lived in London. Those were the Summers when global warming hasn’t set in, when the sky was blue and without a cloud. When the grass was green and the air was crispy clean.

We had a long and warm Summer that year and the Brits called it an Indian Summer.26-01-2005 5-29-00 PM_0009

One Sunday, I found myself in a park in north London – Hampstead Heath. That was an ideal Summer day I had been longing for – blue sky that could intoxicate me, well kept green lawn, white heritage building (Kenwood House) in the background, people lying on the grass enjoying the sunshine and children playing as if the whole world belonged to them.

On seeing this picture ( original slide now digitized) taken that year, my only thought is – take me back, take me back to the parks of London, take me back to 1985 when everything seemed so nice, slow and mellow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Surprise.

My favourite subject is landscape especially those conveying a sense of peace and serenity. It was really a challenge to comb through my archive to come up with something which fits this week’s theme.CIMG1054

Last year, we were up in Chimelong Zoo and Safari park in Panyu, China. While walking through the park, I saw this orangutan resting peacefully on a hammock slung between the trees. Some visitors formed a semi-circle around him, staring at this lazy or even demure orangutan; while he was doing just the same, staring at the visitors and letting the world went by.CIMG1050

Then to the surprise of everyone,  he suddenly rose up and started swinging up and down. As he was swinging towards me, I noted he has a surprised face which I have never seen before.  He certainly surprised me. Did  I surprise him?   I don’t know,  all I wanted to do was to quickly take his photo . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . .  .what a decent surprise!