Between & Perspective: Photo Challenge

Between the arches and bricks of the Great Wall of China I could see the shades of the mountains and just pick out the shadowy outline of one of the many gates that dot the length of the wall. From my point of view I felt so small as I strained my eyes to take it all in.

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Between ancient arches

Between ancient arches

In Cambodia the long lines of stone masonry gave me an interesting perspective. As I stood between the long galleries, with many other people, at the Angkor Watt and Ta Prohm temples my eye was drawn along the length of covered passages . Old stone fallen and restored.

Say Cheese :)

Say Cheese πŸ™‚

 

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Next weekend will be the ‘official’ last weekend for the Festivals and Gatherings theme for my monthly challenge Tourist in Your Own Town. Stay tuned for a new theme in July which, I will post once I return to Canada and get over jet lag πŸ˜‰

 

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63 thoughts on “Between & Perspective: Photo Challenge

  1. wow kewl πŸ™‚

  2. You captured the majesty of the Great Wall and the temple! Great photos!

  3. Such beautiful photos! I especially love the one of the Great Wall

  4. Such beauty! Great take on the prompt! I’m happy to see you had a little time to pass by Pixelventures this week, a magnificent job!

    • Sorry I missed last week and maybe the week before. Been busy at work as the year winds down. Last weekend I went into work for a full day trying to get caught up.

      • Not to worry … I do miss your entries but I’ve taught myself and know what the end of the year is.

        • Yes frantic sometimes! There is so much you want to do and then all the must do jobs. I hate going in on a weekend and was shocked to be there 8 hours, but it made the week easier when I was tired after a full day with kids.

          • True … but then the blessed summer vacation comes …

            • I am looking forward to the break, but going to miss my class. I had such a great group this year.

              • ah … the bad with te good …harmony

                • yes… well I will get to see most of them next year.

                  • that’s good … it’s hard when the kids move on. Did you know that in Italy in grade school the teacher take thei kids from 1t ‘tl fifth grade? Usually thre are two main teachers then the aux. who teach art, music etc.

                    • Someone mentioned some places do that… interesting. I have 7 kids moving on this year and 2 left earlier in the year. This is the most I ever had to say good-bye too. It is tough when they leave.

                    • Almost like our own kids leaving home.

                    • Yes it would be. I am not sure if I agree with it though. Sometimes you get teachers stronger in one area or subject than another and it would balance out over time. Would that happen if you had the same kids for 5 years? My specialty is English. I took extra courses on that. Math is my weakness. For lower grades it is OK. Last summer I took a course in Math to help me brush up. It would be good to go up too… each year it is a gradual progression, but that big step back! Whoa. I know I will feel it in the new year. My little ones are so independent and can do so much. I’ll be going back to square one with non readers and writers.

                    • I personally prefer the method where a child changes teacher each year…the tie gets too tight I feel taking the kids all the way through grade school (and they have two main teachers per class – one specialized in Italian/history/geography the other in Math/science etc.) My queston has always been: what happens to the poor kid who gets on the wrong side of a teacher. Can happen. Could talk all morning about the pros and cons! πŸ™‚

                    • Yes my thought too. Some kids just dislike the teacher and that would be tough for them. Variety is good sometimes. Especially with English -different writing styles or exposure to authors etc. I too could go on. Although when you have a good class you may just like to have them again and again πŸ˜‰

                    • YouΓ¬ve got a good point there as well — the Italian idea is that it’s less traumatic for kids if they don’t chainge teachers every year, they tend to keep their kids sheltered … I think it’s as though school is n extended family, which I think isn’t very good in the end for kids.

                    • Well it is hard to say… for some it is good and others… maybe not. I had a few Italian families while here. They have all been great. As you say the one mom is very over protective and LOTS of blow ups as she would vent constantly about things. Her child was strong and confident, but she was making her weak and reliant on others to solve all her troubles. Maybe it is the parents who worry too much πŸ˜‰

                    • Yep … Sounds very Italian. We call it “mammismo” a recognized facit of Italian culture, which has been waining over the years, thank heavens. πŸ™‚

                    • It is exhausting! Poor kids.

  5. Freda Goulet

    Great photos that capture the idea of “between”….I felt your ancient arches and walls showed the difference “between” then and now. Great job!

  6. Terrific entries for “between.” How I long to see the Great Wall someday. Lucky you.

    • We were in China almost 3 years before we went! It was like one day… it is so close now.I am glad we went. It was really cool. We did a tour so we didn’t have as long as we would have liked to explore. Next time (maybe this summer as friends and family may come) we are going to try and hire a driver so we can stay as long as we want.

  7. I love your photos. The Great Wall is impressive…love the sepia tones and the haziness in the background. What a sight it is.

    • Thanks Jo. I like the sepia too and it showed the perspective better than the colour. We lucked out with blue sky, but it was a bit hazy. There had been a light snow, so it was melting off and the day previous was very polluted. My husband was lucky to go this past March and said on a clear day it is even more amazing.

  8. Brilliant photos, especially the Wall, I can never get over the vastness of it.

    • Thanks Gilly… it is something. Maybe we will go back again this August. A friend from home may come to China and that is a MUST SEE and DO!

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  10. My French Heaven

    What wonderful shots! Great job! You have such an eye.

  11. Those shots of the great wall are stunning! Such a beautiful entry πŸ™‚
    I had the same feeling about those corridors at Angkor Wat – it was easy to get drawn in, to want to see what was at the end. Great capture on those as well.

    • Thanks so much. I loved Angkor and when we went we were lucky to have cooler weather -not the usual hot sticky humid soup. When were you at Angkor?

      • We went in November 2011. It was more the hot sticky weather, but it was totally worth the experience πŸ™‚

        • We went just this past December for 10 days. They were surprised at how cold it was, unusual for them. It was comfortable low to mid 20s so perfect for tramping around.

  12. These photos are breathtaking!! oliana

  13. This must have been an unforgettable experience – beautiful pictures!

    • Yes both were amazing…Thanks Meg. We lucked out to find places between the crowds too πŸ™‚ It is a site to soak in and be alone with your thoughts.

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  15. oh my this must have been amazing, when did you go there? Photos are stunning sooo wish i could go x

    • Thanks for the compliments πŸ™‚ I am living in Shanghai, China so in April 2013 we went to the wall. Only 4-5 hours by fast train from here. We went for only a few days. It was pretty cool and we lucked out on a clear(ish) day. For Angkor we went this past Christmas break for 10 days. It is still a cheap place to go. Hotels can be as little as $20-$30 a night. Not the Ritz, but spacious, clean and comfortable. I loved Angkor and would love to go back again one day.

  16. Awesome.

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