The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Edge.
I came closest to the Adriatic sea when I traveled on Hvar Island, Croatia.
Strolling round the edges of the island everyday was my favorite pastime.
I have never seen a sea that blue and water so clear and azure.
Gazing out to the sea gave me the serenity.
The coastline with the local trees was so picturesque.
The weather was good with plenty of sunshine – an ideal place for a photographer.
Here are some photos taken of the edges of the island.
Invariably, they have beautiful trees and plants complementing the beautiful coast.
We stayed somewhere on the hills overlooking lake Geneva, Switzerland.
To stay healthy, we did a walk about after an early breakfast.
Firstly, we have to negotiate a somewhat steep trail.
Along the trail, there were some fox holes. Unfortunately, I have no luck of seeing any foxes.
The sun has come up and shone through the leaves. As usual, I took a photo of the light through the leaves.
We climbed higher and reach this grassland where there are only a couple of lone trees.
I like trees in a open plain and was glad to take this photo.
Another good morning I woke up to, just fantastic!
I have posted on Paronella Park in Northern Australia.
The park is not big but I like all the work left by the original builder.
While walking through the park, I came across this narrow path between the trees.
The light is in the right direction and the walk was delightful.
The picture was captured using a first generation compact electronic camera – still it shows a lot of details!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Look Up.
This photo immediately comes to mind.
It was taken during my early hikes in the woods of the Tai Po country park in Hong Kong.
It was almost Autumn; some trees have shed their leaves others still have green leaves.
It was a bit silly of me trying to walk under the sun for some exercise today when the temperature was hoovering around 33 degrees Celsius.
My walk was interrupted several times when I encountered these trees in blossom.
I can’t help taking out my camera to photograph these Flame of the Forest trees as they are the best I saw in years.
These trees were planted near to the Tai Po town area.
With a smart phone in hand and the fierce sun from above, I took photo of these trees.
The climate change has brought a lot of rain here in the last couple of months. This, I surmise, is the reason for all these blossoms.
A bright side of climate change?
Here are two pictures taken from my home – they show the same tree but at different season.
They belong to the family of Delonix Regia; but commonly called Flame of the Forest locally, although I believe they have different names in different geographies.
The one taken in Winter is striking – it is all bare with branches only; dripping to the ground.
The other one with flowers is taken today. I believe it will have more flowers in two weeks’ time.
In any case, there is a striking contrast!
This is the season for the blooming of the Flame of The Forest.
This morning, I have a delightful walk along the seaside promenade garden in Tai Po, Hong Kong.
My walk took me past this Flame of Forest tree. There are many around in the area while I was driving there.
These photos are captured with my smartphone; so please don’t expect them to be of very high quality.
I have always like these trees in full bloom.
In Winter, they shed all the leaves and the trees become bare.
This time of the year, they are just like a flame , on tops of the trees.
Understand that’s how they got the name – people looking from afar thought the trees are on fire.
What a beautiful fire!