Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow (Paths)

I like the board walks in Plitvice National Lakes, Croatia.

These timber board walks bring visitors close to the waterfalls and the water.DSCF0333

Without them, you can only see the place from the distant shores.

The first picture was taken high up on the hills, over viewing the lake.DSCF0358A

The walks are curvy and quite narrow.

Walking on the narrow walks gives you an intimate feel of the waterfalls and the natural features there.DSCF0375

Without the walks, all you can do is to walk along the paths on the hill side which is illustrated in the last photo.

Please enjoy🙂



Waterfalls ( Big vs Small)

Here are two photos , both of which show waterfalls.

One was taken at the Niagara fall, the water was crashing down in all its mighty.1275803_1384422941789507_1141519837_o

A boat full of visitors was edging towards the waterfall while a rainbow appears to the left. The picture was taken by my classmate KC Ching.DSCF2943A

The second picture was taken by me at the Nine Dragons Group of Waterfalls in Yunnan, China.

The pictures are in dialogue, speaking to each other – with a similar theme but at a different scale.

Instead of a motorized boat, the second picture shows a small sampan being maneuvered near to misty waterfall.

Please enjoy🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth (at Victoria Waterfalls)

This is a view overlooking the Victoria waterfall.

Can you see how deep it plunges down?DSCF9424

If you are interested, please see my other post on “And God Created Waterfalls” https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/and-god-created-waterfalls/

PS Photo taken by my sister-in-law Jennie.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity ( of the Waterfalls)

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I may be awed by those majestic waterfalls which tumble down with a roaring sound.

However, I feel more peaceful with the smaller ones which sit well with the surrounding.

Here are two photos of waterfalls which I like.094

The first one was taken in Jiuzhaigou of China; the trees and foliage provide an attractive frame for the waterfall.DSCF0368

The second one was taken in Plitvice Lakes of Croatia.

I have shown photos of many waterfalls in both places, but these photos which I have not shown, represent serenity to me🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent (of Water)

Some people like  giant waterfalls tumbling down to the earth, accompanying with sounds like a thousand horses speeding past.

Other people like silk like waterfalls, descending slowly to the earth, playfully, as if making a tune.

I like both.DSCF2948

The photo of this waterfall taken at the Nine Dragons’ Group of Waterfall in China belongs to the latter class.

It looks dreamy and peaceful.

My father-in-law (age 80+) travelling with me was so entranced by these waterfalls that he walked out on the rocks, slipped and descended into the water, together with his camera!

Luckily, he was unharmed.




Nan Lin Garden, Hong Kong

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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 would have liked to post on the Nam Lin gardens in Hong Kong which are modeled on the Tang Dynasty gardens.CIMG3735

However, for the several times I visited Nan Lim gardens, I was in a hurry or even have not taken my camera along with me.CIMG3743

So, you have to bear with me for the mediocre photos in this post which were taken within a half hour visit  using a palm size camera.CIMG3749

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.CIMG3750

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.CIMG3751

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.CIMG3741

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.CIMG3757

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.CIMG3760

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.CIMG3746