While travelling in Yunnan, China, I captured this photo of some temples.
The interesting thing is that at the corners of the eaves of the temples, there are funny decorations pointing to the sky.
To me, they look like dragons, dancing upwards to the sky.
I could only marvel at the attention of details to this roof construction.
Not sure whether there is some mythology behind it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I was thinking of drafting a post on the Trees and Roots on the Milford Track; but on going through my archive, I found this picture which I thought should be uploaded now.
The light was shining through the foliage, when we visited the HongLuo Temple in the outskirts of Beijing a couple of years ago.
I have seen many ginkgo trees before but this one was at its best with the light shining through, making the leaves more or less translucent.
You may notice that I have started a series on The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
This is a strange sight as you climb up the hill on your way to the temple.
Spread over the hillside are some Luohans or Arhats.
They are not only coated in gold, but they have different expressions / postures.
Some of them are mounted on an animal too.
The only view that I have seen and, in a way similar to this one, is the view I saw in the hills of HungLuo Temple, Beijing.
In the forest, there are dozens of monks who are clothed in red.
The picture shows the rear views of the monk statues.
I have pictures of their front views too but they are too disrupted from the shadows cast onto the statutes.
Western architecture made use of Gargoyles to discharge rain water from the roof so they it won’t stain the walls.
A figure, sometimes a grotesque one with a trough behind it, is judiciously placed to collect water and discharge it at a distance from the walls.
Here is a figure I have taken at the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas.
I don’t think it is a gargoyle; it doesn’t help to discharge rain water ; but it did remind me of gargoyles!
Below is another one showing the frontal view.
Have shown some pictures of the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas recently.
Here is another one which was taken of the roof in their temple up on the hills of Shatin, Hong Kong.
In the middle is the Golden Dragon; it looks so lively and full of vitality.