Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – Mountainous Laos Sunset

This photo is part of WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Mountainous Laos Sunset by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Upon arriving in Luang Prabang, Laos, I heard of a great hill from which to watch the sunset.  Customs took awhile, and I reached the bottom of the hill with only about 15 minutes left until sunset.  Still rather motion sick from the propeller plane I came in on, I hiked up the mountain as fast as I could, worried that I would miss the sunset.  The hill was deceptively tall and long, so each time I thought the end was in sight, I discovered more stairs just around the bend.  Although exhausted by the end, I somehow made it to the top of the “hill” in time to watch what turned out to be a very golden sunset.  The beautiful mountains in the distance and the winding Mekong River made for a very peaceful setting.  It was a rush climbing up there, but in the end it was worth it.

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Other photos taken during Golden Hours (sunrise or sunset):

Kinship Memorial Lantern by Seas Reflecting StarlightKinship Memorial Lantern

Hanauma Sunrise Panorama  by Seas Reflecting StarlightHanauma Sunrise Panorama n

Askew Beach Seaweed by Seas Reflecting StarlightAskew Beach Seaweed

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Distant – View Over Miyajima Village

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Distant! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

View Over Miyajima Village by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Located on a small island not far from Hiroshima, Miyajima seems worlds away from the modern concrete and steel grid of Hiroshima.  One can spend hours leisurely winding through the peaceful streets surrounded by traditional style buildings and historical sites.  Two such places can be seen on the horizon from this scenic overlook – Gojunoto Pagoda and Senjokaku Shrine.

Although it was overcast and rainy for part of the day that I was there, the sun did come out a little and bask the village in its warmth.  The aptly nicknamed “shrine island” has a very cozy feel to it, aided by the rolling hills next to the beautiful sea, the traditional architecture, multiple shrines and temples within easy walking distance, and even plentiful tame and friendly deer roaming the streets.

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections – Lotus Pond Reflecting Bridge Arches

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Reflections! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Lotus Pond Reflecting Bridge Arches by Seas Reflecting Starlight

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On a peaceful day in Wuhan, China, the still waters of a pond perfectly reflect the many arches of a bridge.  In the shallow parts of the pond there are so many lotus plants growing that the lotus leaves completely cover the water.  A few pink lotus blossoms rise up proud and strong, transcending the pond and the canopy of leaves, but not the scene itself.  The same still waters that allow for such a nice reflection are also what allows the thin stem of the lotus to grow straight up, unhindered by currents.

Are the conditions for inner reflections the same as that which we need to fully bloom?

Here are a few of my other favorite reflection photos from previous entries – click to see a larger view and read more:

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring – Feathered Flirtations

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Spring! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Feathered Flirtations-by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Two female mallards are checking out a passing male mallard.  One of the females is preening her feathers, as if hoping the male will notice her.  Even the water seems to reflect their mood, with the red reflections of all the koi in the lake.

Whenever I think of spring, two of the things I always think about are birds and new beginnings. These ducks seem like they are at the start of something, and there may be cute little ducklings in their future.  Spring may not be as distinct here in Hawai’i as it is in temperate regions, but there is still the feeling of something special in the air, and all the twitterpated birds add to that effect.

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