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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Stills - CIRCLES

Zen garden at
Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Karesansui (dry landscape gardens, also known as rock gardens and waterless stream gardens) are typically associated with Zen Buddhism.They contain elements that are intended to represent larger landscapes and inspire meditation and contemplation. Large stones often represent mountains and the raked pebbles evoke watery waves.

The gardens are meant to be viewed from a single, seated perspective.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Look UP, look DOWN challenge

in response to Debbie's Look UP, look DOWN challenge (90)

view from Floating Garden Observatory, 
Osaka, Japan

Gate Tower Building  is a 16-story office building in Osaka. It is notable for the highway that passes through the building.

The building has a double core construction, with a circular cross section. The Umeda Exit  of the highway passes between the fifth and seventh floors of this building. The elevator passes through the floors without stopping: floor 4 being followed by floor 8. The floors through which the highway passes consist of elevators, stairways and machinery. The highway does not make contact with the building. It passes through as a bridge, held up by supports next to the building. The highway is surrounded by a structure to protect the building from noise and vibration. The roof has a helipad.
source Wikipedia

Cee's BW photo challenge - TAKE A NEW PHOTO

Osaka, Japan

Travel Theme - MODERN

in response to Ailsa's Travel Theme - MODERN

Boing 777-30ER

Weekly Photo Challenge - ON THE WAY

in respons to WPC - ON THE WAY

on the way to sun, sea and bevanda
Pula, Croatia

ABF - One Photo Focus - JUNE

in response to Stacy's One Photo Focus - JUNE

in June we are processing Stacy Fischer's photo:

this is what I came up with:
 I made it very simple
just using Silver Efex Pro 2 - 036 Antique Plate 1 filter

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday's Special - HOW TO TELL A STORY

in response to TS - Guest Challenge -  HOW TO TELL A STORY through colour photography

Osaka, Japan

Shotendori Shopping Street is also called “Sell and tell your fortune” street. There is a place in the shopping street where fortunetelling is available 365 days a year, attracting numerous visitors from other prefectures. The number of registered fortunetellers totals 130.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cee's WHICH WAY challenge

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates that are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesdays of TEXTURE

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE (22)

Kyoto, Japan
Straw rice sacks for tax
Used for tax collection, one sack contains about 60 kg of unpolished rice. The sacks were called "Tenryodawara" or "Kikudawara" meaning 'tax for the shogun'.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge - PERSPECTIVE

observing the world from a different perspective

Monday, May 25, 2015

MM2 - 12

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness 2 -12

Buddhist monk, Nara, Japan

Cee's WHICH WAY challenge

somewhere in Japan

Sunday Stills - The Letter "L"

in response to Ed's Sunday Stills - The Letter "L"


Toshogu Shrine , Tokyo, Japan
 Ishidōrō (stone lanterns) were introduced to Japan via Korea and China in the Asuka Period (6th century AD), and were used initially as votive lights at temples and later on by shrines. Some centuries passed before they were used for the practical purpose of lighting the grounds of religious precincts. Around the 16th century, stone lanterns were adopted by the secular community and placed in the gardens of tea houses and private residences. The earliest lanterns were designed to hold the sacred flame (the flame itself represents Buddha).

s Leđa (=from behind; Croatian language)

decorative knots of a Japanese kimono
There are hundreds of decorative knots (musubi) and they often represent flowers or birds. As everything else in a kimono outfit, the knots are regulated by a number of unwritten propriety rules. Generally the more complex and showy knots are for young unmarried women in festive situations, the more subdued for married or mature women or for use in ceremonial situations.
source Wikipedia


in response to Paula's BW Sunday - STRONGHOLD

Kyoto, Japan

The Laughing Buddha is a symbol of happiness, contentment and prosperity. In Japanese, it is pronounced as ‘Hotei’. It means ‘cloth sack’ or ‘glutton’. It is believed that if one rubs the belly of Buddha, it brings good luck and wealth. The Laughing Buddha is also seen as one of the seven Japanese Shinto Gods of luck.

Tuesdays of Texture challenge

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of Texture challenge (20)

Shirakava-go village, Japan
 restoration of thatched roof

Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, Shirakava-go village is  famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Stills - BABIES

in response to Ed's Sunday Stills - BABIES

Look UP, look DOWN challenge

in response to Debbie's Look UP, look DOWN challenge (89)

Paddy fields in Japan

A paddy field is a flooded parcel of arable land used for growing semi-aquatic rice. Paddy cultivation should not be confused with cultivation of deep water rice, which is grown in flooded conditions with water more than 50 cm deep for at least a month.
source Wikipedia

Travel theme - TANGLE

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - TANGLE

Most Japanese temples and shrines offer omikuji: delicate slips of paper predicting your luck to come. For a small fee you can draw a slip which contains predictions ranging from daikichi to daikyo (great fortune to very bad luck). If you tie your paper slip around a tree in the temple grounds, good fortune will come true or bad fortune can be averted. Some of the larger temples such as Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple) offer omikuji in English.

Another way to garner good fortune on a shrine visit, is to write your wishes on an ema wooden plate and leave them at the shrine to hope they come true. Most people wish for good health, business and exam success or love.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

MM2 - 10

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness 2 - 10

One Four Challenge - MAY

in response to Robyn's One Four Challenge - MAY


for the 2nd week I opted for Pastel version:

added split toning - green pastel in highlights, blue pastel in shadows

reminder:week 1/4

Cee's BW challenge

abandoned warehouses at Tour&Taxis, Brussels

alone or in company?

Look UP, Look DOWN challenge

in response to Debbie's Look UP, Look DOWN challenge (88)

El Condor viewpoint with the views over Puno and Lake Titicaca

CG - Monthly Challenge - The Changing Seasons - (05)

in response to Cardinal Guzman's Monthly Challenge - The Changing Seasons - MAY

I’ve decided to join in with Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons

Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month.... Just keep the project going throughout the year..... The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

I will be presenting Brussels, more precisely the European Quarter - from Parc du Cinquantenaire, Schuman area to Place du Luxembourg.

January entry
February entry
March entry
April entry

everything is green again

Park Leopold next to the European Parlament is full of life



Esplanade of EP is full of activities:

YO!Fest is a youth festival organised by the European Youth Forum with debates, workshops and music, which mobilizes youth organisations and other civil society partners,  for a cause concerning young people in Europe.

Preparations for Brussel's Garden Festival in Parc du Cinquantenaire

sport activities in lunch break

simply enjoying the sun

Thursday's Special - ADRENALIN

bungee jumping is more adrenalin than I can handle

The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls  The river is the border between Zimbabwe and ZambiaAlso located on the bridge is the Shearwater 111 metres bungee jump. Concerns about safety of the attraction were raised in late 2011 after the bungee's cord snapped and a young Australian woman fell 24 metres  into the fast flowing river infested with crocodiles. (she survived)
source Wikipedia

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cee's WHICH WAY challenge

park and the greenhouses at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden near Brussels

The park of 14 hectares incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties (500 varieties including 400 tulip varieties). Under the direction of specialists from The Netherlands, the castles’ gardeners have planted by hand more than 1 million bulbs.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cee's Fun Foto challenge - PINK

1 Word Photo challenge - STORM

in response to Jennifer's 1 Word Photo challenge - STORM

Peru, Saksaywaman... a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Sections were first built about 1100. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar. This site is at an altitude of 3,701 m.
source Wikipedia

Tuesdays of TEXTURE

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE (19)

Garden of Castle Groot Bijgaarden near Brussels

Morning rainbow

it was worth getting up at 6am

Monday, May 4, 2015

One Four Challenge - MAY

in response to Robyn's One Four Challenge - MAY - 1/4

week 1

editing started in

continued in Color Efex Pro 4
with 3 filters:

 darken/lighten center