Tai’an is at the base of the sacred mountain Taishan, where the emperors would go to the Dai Miao temple at the base of the mountain then to the top to perform certain rites. I was really impressed that they went up until I learned that they were carried up on a litter. I am very impressed by the guys who carried the emperor up. There are some super steep areas. My son was quite relieved that I chose to take the cable car (after I learned that the emperors didn’t do it!). He admitted later that he was trying to figure out how to carry both our backpacks and prevent me from falling.
Chicago really isn’t my kind of town. But, back in the summer of 2017 I was there once for a 23 hour layover between the Southwest Chief and the Empire Builder trains. Because of the height of the buildings it is hard to get a perspective to take a photo that gives a sense of being there. All of these were taken either beside or from on the water.
The one tourist thing we did, aside from just walking around, was to take an architecture cruise. The following two were taken on that trip.
I’m not a big fan of spiders, but this one seems pretty as it spins a web in the morning sun.
This is an interesting rose that changes color and tone as it ages. The tiny drops of not quite rain (it was more a heavy enough mist that it was yielding to gravity than rain) create an interesting texture. That is more noticeable in the black and whites, especially the inverted one, than the color.
As I seem to often do I seem to think about perspective as how you look at something. Since I’ve been focusing on black and white processing this past month or so it is becoming second nature to turn a photo black and white at some point as I work with it.
This view of Mount Rainier from Kautz Creek demonstrates how things nearby appear larger. These aren’t even old growth trees!
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.
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.
Of course you had a climb up to get to the view.
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.