We walked the other way. This is part of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China facing toward the Beijing knot.
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.
Seeing things in black and white
Sometimes it is interesting to take a look at a picture without color to see what grabs your eye. I’m continuing my exploration of black and white. Never thought something that sounds so simple could be so complicated.
Does the black and white change your perspective of the photo?
Notice how different the size of the incense burner appears in the two photos?
This is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian, China. Although the Wiki says that the Chinese name actually means “big swan goose”. From the top you get views that make you realize how very large the city of Xian is.
I visited in 2014 with my dad. So glad we had a private guide: he was tired and I was able to park him with the guide and climb to the top. So glad I got to see the city from that perspective.
Another perspective: Sometimes traveling with an older parent can be similar to traveling with a child. They both get tired and fussy in the late afternoon! Ice cream is often a good solution for that.
I intended to post this along with yesterday’s post but was too sleepy to remember that detail when I remembered that I had forgotten to do my daily perspective post last night.
I believe that the ripples and color change in this photo are the type of characteristics that the sticks in the chart in yesterday’s post, A different way to see the sea, represent.
Photo taken at Cape Reinga, the north-most part of New Zealand’s North Island.
If I recall correctly, the shells stood for islands and the orientation of the sticks helped them know the way that waves tended to roll.
I didn’t notice when I was taking this close up of the clover seed head that right behind it was a tree of similar shape and color.
For Becky of WInchester’s July Squares: Perspective.
Two different views from the middle of the same road (but at different intersections, and in different years) near where my sun used to live in Weifang, China. Because the street was so wide I often wound up having to wait for another walk light in the middle.
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.