Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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Here’s my take on reflections. Night time with all the neon lights makes for particularly good photos.

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Fall Shots

Well it’s been a busy week plagued with technical problems. Our internet got up and running yesterday. I saw my landlord about 6 times in one week. Got my entire toilet switched out for another one , which hadn’t been installed properly , and now waiting on that to get fixed ( I swear , our landlord must love seeing us. He never seems to fix his crappy stuff which he claims is all new , hah!). Another typical week in Shanghai.

Anyways , I’m going to try to get this stupid side of life out of my mind ( even though I’ll probably see my landlord with his repair man dogging his heels tomorrow, and the day after , and after…… ahh ok enough!)

Though it’s almost December, the fall colors are really bursting right now. Helps break up the monotonous gray. I’m not looking forward to winter!

These shots are from my window / street . The 梧桐树 (Phoenix Trees)which line the former French Concession streets are lovely at this time.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

This green challenge comes at a good time as I’m rapidly losing the green outside in Shanghai. I need to hold on through the bleak winter until a little relief comes in the form of a 12 day trip to Thailand! There is nothing like 33C in February! That little respite will have to last me until April when the leaves emerge from their slumber once more.

We’ll start off with some of the wilder parts of the Great Wall where the foliage is encroaching upon the man-laid stone.

Next up some strikingly green water lilies.

Now a serene bamboo grove

Oh woe is me! Can I get through the dreary winter? It will be months before my street resembles this again , and I can go out and play!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Geometry. Awesome.

After studying it so many years ago , who knew I’d be photo blogging about it?

The city is an environment rife with geometry with the sharp lines of towering skyscrapers , swirls of freeway bridges , and the funky stuff that happens at night. Ancient China is steeped in geometry as well. The most popular examples being the revolutionary (at the time) use of half circles to construct the largest , sturdiest bridges at the time, and the traditional archway doors in the ancient gardens and homes.

Shanghai World Financial Center in all its glory.

Xuhui Rd buildings showing off at night.

Graceful looping action of the elevated highways.

Interior of the 瓷房子 Ci Fangzi / Porcelain House in Tianjin. Try to throw coins from the top into the bottom!

Peaceful Hangzhou Westlake bridge.

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town bridge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

China has a propensity for building BIG things. From ancient pagodas towering above the countryside to new shiny neon-lit skycrapers looming above the city.

Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’An

The Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Forbidden City in Beijing

Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Jinma Plaza Arches in Kunming

World Financial Center aka “The Bottle Opener” all lit-up at night in Shanghai.