Orchids and Reflections

Orchids on the path into the lake.

Orchids on the path into the lake.

There were orchids on the path into Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park that I posted about last week. They stood about 8″ tall and I have no idea what species they are. But orchids are wonderful wherever or whatever they are. Right?

Orchids on the path into the lake.

Orchids on the path into the lake.

I loved the reflections in the lake water, both when shooting them, and later, while processing them in Lightroom.

Reflection in that Unknown lake south of Jasper

Reflection in that Unknown lake south of Jasper

Reflection in that Unknown lake south of Jasper

Reflection in that Unknown lake south of Jasper

Next post – more Jasper Park mountains.

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Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Heading north on the Icefields Parkway between Athabaska Falls and the Jasper townsite we pulled into a small parking area on the right. A couple of truckloads of young people suggested that we hike into the lake for a swim or just a look. I didn’t see a sign for the name of the lake and the trail was not marked but we took their advice – because THEY had been swimming there.  I’ve not been able to find the name of the lake on Google Maps or the Jasper National Park brochure I brought home. However, a thoughtful reader – see the comment below – named it as Horseshoe Lake. And if you Google that, the pictures people have posted match the sights we saw.

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Unknown lake south of Jasper

Unknown lake south of Jasper

O Canada, where pines and maples grow.

PS. We didn’t swim.

Water in Manhattan Monday 17

In my last Manhattan post I mentioned ‘the Lake‘ in Central Park.

The first three photos provide various views of The Lake from its west side. The fourth looks across the reservoir.

Click on any photo to see a larger version or to scroll through all four photos.

Manhattan Monday 16 Wedding Shoot

Cool Jazz

Cool Jazz

It was a hot day. These young musicians were offering some cool and easy jazz to park-goers on the west side of Central Park, next to what is identified simply as “The Lake.” You could rent rowboats (somewhere) and it was a laid-back scene.

Until…..

Central Park by The Lake: Bridal Gown Photo Shoot

Central Park by The Lake: Bridal Gown Photo Shoot

Centre of attention.

Centre of attention.

It took about two minutes for the photo party to breeze through on the path. When they were gone, we went back to listening to the music (and taking pictures.)

Commotion over. Back to listening to the music.

Commotion over. Back to listening to the music.

Contrasts – Not a June Wedding!

Guess who was cold?

Guess who was cold?

Tulips and Heels on Ice

Tulips and Heels on Ice

Twenty eight months ago my cousin got married on the (frozen) lake behind her parents’ home – in a white sleeveless gown and heels. Guess who (in his black suit and shoes) was colder? A black and white photo for one type of contrast. Heels, dress and flowers in snow and ice for another.

Weekly photo challenge, Contrasts.

Humble Administrator’s Garden – Suzhou #2

The main house and entry to the garden surrounded by a courtyard overlooking the largest part of the pond.

The main house and entry to the garden surrounded by a courtyard overlooking the largest part of the pond.

The largest garden in Suzhou — nearly 52,000 square meters — is the Humble Administrator’s Garden.  It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) for a former government worker and poet, Wang Xianchen (王献臣).

Black and White version of the same photo.

Black and White version of the same photo.

Along with bridges, pavilions and islands, the architecture of the buildings retains Ming Dynasty characteristics. The garden gets its name after Wang’s desire to retire from politics and live a humble life.  Note that in China administrators were usually political (and perhaps they still are.)

With water as the main theme, the lake in the center of the garden occupies about 20 percent of the space and is filled with giant lotus plants in summer.

A lady singing traditional songs and playing a stringed instrument.

A lady singing traditional songs and playing a stringed instrument.

Another part of the pond, with koi and water lilies.

Another part of the pond, with koi and water lilies.

Multi-generational families enjoying the garden.

Multi-generational families enjoying the garden.

Beautiful views wherever you looked.

Beautiful views wherever you looked.

Anyone know what this flowering bulb is?  Please leave a comment if you do!

Anyone know what this flowering bulb is? Please leave a comment if you do!

Next post: Details from the garden.

Hutongs 3 – Dashing through the streets

The Hutongs we visited were northeast of the Forbidden City but I don’t know the exact location.  Just outside the residential area was a lovely watercourse, I believe it was a canal between two lakes.

It was still a cool damp day, so we didn't see any of these boats in use.

It was still a cool damp day, so we didn’t see any of these boats in use.

The waterfront was very commercial and tourist oriented.  But most of the people we saw were Chinese, not western.

The waterfront was very commercial and tourist oriented. But most of the people we saw were Chinese, not western.

The water quality was suspect….

The water quality was suspect….

A driver pushing his rickshaw over an arched bridge between the two bodies of water above.

A driver pushing his rickshaw over an arched bridge between the two bodies of water above.

At the end of our visit to the Hutongs, our entire busload rode, two by two, in rickshaws, along the canal, and to a rickshaw “taxi stand.” While the driver pictured below looks happy at the start of the route, it was hard work and I felt somewhat guilty for participating. On the other hand, it is an income for the men, who were paid by our tour guide and tipped by us.

A happy man!

A happy man!

Next post: a Beijing food market.