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Amateur photographer seeking beauty in both the memorable and the mundane. Sharing pictures, stories and meditations from here and there.

There’s something about a bridge…

Cable stay suspension bridge in the foreground, a steel girder bridge a bit up river and the city of Chonqing appears to go on forever.
Bridges over the Yangtze River in Chongqing at dusk.

There is not a vanishing point in the above photo, but the buildings appear smaller farther away. That’s probably accurate: Chonqing is huge and the urban area extends as far as you can see.

The next one,taken a couple of years earlier, is downstream from Chongqing city. The water is brown because of flooding, when the river runs normally it is green.

A cable stay suspension bridge downstream from Chongqing city (though still in the Chongqing municipality). The river is full but appears placid.
From this angle the bridge seems to emerge from the hillside

I have always loved the elegance of cable stay suspension bridges. When I was in college, a very, very long time ago I was part of a team that built a model cable stay bridge that won a contest (a nerdy kind of contest where you were judged on things like displacement and strength over weight, as opposed to total weight, although there was a minimum load it had to bear.) These bridges along the Yangtze reminded me of that.

For Becky of Winchester’s July Squares: Perspective.

No pain, no view


View from the Jade Emperor Pavilion on top of Yishan in Linqu country of Weifang.
View from the top.


Of course you had a climb up to get to the view.

Looking up at the temple from the shuttle drop off point.

Yishan is an interesting place. It is not as famous or tall as Taishan, but it was important in the traditional worship and the emperors did come here for some rites. It is known as “little Taishan”. Fortunately the climb was not as intimidating either.

We were really fortunate because we caught a re-enactment of one of the imperial rites at Dongzhen at the base of the mountain when we came back down.

It was interesting to see how the things we see were used.

For Becky of WInchester’s July squares: Perspective.

It looks like a toy

This is 90 mile beach in New Zealand. It’s not actually 90 miles long, the Wiki says 88 km. It is however long enough to be rather amazing. It is no longer as useable as it once was as weather patterns have changed and the dunes have built up blocking access and egress, or just making them very difficult.

Photo of a tour bus on 90 mile beach at the north end of the north island of New Zealand.
Our tour bus looks like a Hot Wheels toy.

This photo of our tour bus gives you an idea of the magnitude of the beach.

For Becky of Winchester’s July Squares: Perspective.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2020-Week 29


Welcome to week 29 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2020.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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The ultimate jigsaw puzzle

To grasp of the magnitude of the terracotta warriors in Xian you have to look at both the overall installation (the picture below is one of at least three areas).

and close up. There are many different figures with different hair styles, facial features and positions…and they were all painted. The number of craftsmen who worked on it must have rivaled the size of an army!

Putting it all together in the first place was an amazing feat. Rebuilding it is even more of one.

Crafts people are still working on it now, rebuilding the figures for future generations to appreciate. It has to be the ultimate jigsaw puzzle.

For Becky of Winchester’s July Squares: Perspective.