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Sky is in its name-Tianamen Square

Tianamen in Beijing.

I was amazed at the size of Tianamen square. The people look small and the lines of lamp posts and fountains marching off to the large buildings that look small in the distance. Appropriately (since “tian” means sky) the sky also helps to give perspective, the one thing big enough to stand up to its magnitude.

For Becky of WInchester’s July Squares: Perspective.

Store signs in black and white

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve been experimenting with black and white photo processing. I’ve also been trying to get my photos a bit better organized. These two have come together for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week: some photos from trips I made to China, specifically Shandong Province, over the years, focusing on the signs on store front signs.

I used Nik Silver Efex Pro, an older version of it that I got some times ago, while it was a free plug-in for the GIMP. I think you have to pay for Nik now.

If you click on any of the pictures it will expand and you can scroll through them at a larger size. Some of them got quite small in the tiled gallery.

One year ago today it rained

…oh how it rained! We were visiting the Longji terraced rice fields and there was no way to reschedule. I had a purple rain cape designed for scooter riders to wear. It was extra long in front so it covered my camera. It provided good coverage and blocked both rain and wind, but it was not breathable so I was soaked through anyway. Oh well, it was worth it.

The terraces were pretty in the mist during the few minutes when the clouds lifted. I long to go back when it isn’t the rainy season. That seemed so possible a year ago, now I wonder.

Photos by Jez’s Water Water Everywhere and Lens Artists Challenge #95: All wet.

A thin line across the land

A view of the Great Wall of China, heading west. Photo taken at Mutianyu in the springtime.
From a distance the Great Wall looks like a thin line snaking across the countryside.
The Great Wall of China, in the Jiankou to Mutianyi section, from an airplane window.
A bird’s eye view of the same area.

It is a myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from space but one time, when the air was exceptionally clear, I saw it from the window of the airplane as I headed for home. The picture is not great, taken with my old cell phone through a plane window, but I was pretty excited since this is the part of the wall that I walked.

For Becky of Winchester’s Lines & Squares-day 30.

Forbidden City Roof lines

Looking over the Forbidden City from Jingshan Park.
Rooflines and their lines of guardians, and lines of decorative tiles.
Tile roofs and guardians
More lines on roofs, and a nice line of guardians.

I find traditional Chinese roofs fascinating. The Forbidden City is a great place for roof watchers. The picture below isn’t square, but it contains information about the guardians.

Descriptions of the roof guardians seen on Chinese traditional buildings.
The roof guardians on traditional Chinese buildings.

For Becky of Winchester’s Lines & Squares-day 29

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 42

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 42 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2019.

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.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 42

Cable lines

I didn’t walk up all 7000, or however many, stairs there are going up Taishan. It took me so long to get to the halfway point that we decided to take the cable way to the top. But I didn’t feel deprived: there were plenty more stairs once you got to the top!

I have to commend my son’s excellent “parenting” skills: he let me figure out for myself that the cable way was the path of wisdom. Only later did he confess that he had been figuring that he could wear my backpack on his front going up the steepest part and was, even at that, trying to figure out how to prevent me from falling. He had been up before and the steepest part was yet to come and much steeper than the stretches that had challenged me.

For Becky of Winchester’s Lines and Squares-Day 19

Bixi at Dai Miao in Tai’an

Dai Miao is an important temple for the Chinese people and the temple that was the starting out point for the emperor’s trips up Taishan, which were for religious purposes. The Bixi (stone tortoises) carry on their backs the documentation for those visits. The ones at Dai Miao are of dramatically varying ages and some are quite ancient and worn.

For Mind Over Memory’s Sculpture Saturday

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 41

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 41 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2019.

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.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 41