Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Colour in Nature #1

                                                           Colour in nature

I have been going for walks and bike rides around the town I live in and the neighboring area for the last few years. On these little treks around the countryside I've been photographing landscapes and botanical subject matter, I'm continuously amazed by the variety of plants, trees and flowers with their many varied colours.
Also I have been traveling to Thailand and some of the countries that border onto it in the same period, this has enabled me to observe other flowers that do not grow in this country or the area I live in because of the heavy frosts in the winter season or lack of moisture and extreme heat  in the Summer months.

I enjoy black and white photography which can be fun to look at and fun to play with but for floral or botanical photography I think colour portrays the subject in a better light. I've always preferred and enjoyed the many colours that nature has to offer, the ones that the planet has given us free of charge. I think the colours and the many hues, tones or combinations of the colours in flowers especially fascinating, this combined with the variety of shapes or forms of the flowers offers the photographer or artist an unlimited amount of subject matter to work with.

I would like to present a few flowers of various species and colours in this blog starting with a single colour. Colour can be different for everyone, the colour red for one person may be seen as reddish or orange for another so when I want to represent a colour there may be many tones or hues of that colour in the presentation.

So I'll start with the colour Yellow because to me, sometimes it can be a difficult colour to photograph due to natural light which is what I prefer to use when photographing flowers and also when painting yellow flowers it can be a difficult colour to use, especially in the shaded areas of the subject matter.






Monday, 26 August 2013

Yangon, Myanmar

                                                             Yangon, Myanmar.

I have wanted for a long time to visit Bagan valley in Myanmar so I went there Jan last year, 2012,
but first I had to get there. I started by going to Bangkok to get my visa for Myanmar and my flight tickets, one to Yangon and one to Bagan valley, neither of which cost much just a bit of waiting at the Myanmar embassy and ticket office .

The next day I left Bangkok, the flight took about an hour and landed at Yangon. While I was waiting for my next flight to Bagan Valley I decided to look around Yangon, I found this city was a mixture of European and Myanmar structures which like the roads and pathways needed a wee bit of repair. I walked around the city with a fair bit dodging of the occasional holes and pitfalls, I saw some beautiful temples, buildings and other sights but one place that really grabbed my attention was, That Buy Nyu, an incomplete temple, in that I really mean it was an unfinished temple, a construction site.

The building was large, consisting of numerous levels which were all in various states of construction, I just had to have a sticky beak around the place. After talking to a few of the construction site workers I was allowed to go inside where I met another man who gave me a kind of a tour of the lower levels.


 I took my shoes off and started to walk around taking photographs of the place and trying to understand what he was saying to me, which wasn't easy, after all barefooted on a construction site is hardly OHNS  and I don't understand as much Myanmar as I do Thai but I think I got most of it.

The gentleman who was giving me the tour turned out to be an artist who had designed and created this beautiful statue of Buddha which sat at the center of the first floor. He was also creating other statues and 
a diorama of Nirvana outside in the courtyard which I regretfully don't have any photographs of.

After rising up the next few internal levels where there wasn't much to see, one finds that one has to go outside to gain access to the next upper level, this is where one can see what else is around the temple. This building in the above  photo is a convent for Buddhist nuns, it too is in a state of construction.

        These photographs are taken from the access level, there is a palace or temple in the far distance.

When one renters the main building one is faced with this Buddha image sitting on a high podium surrounded by columns full of niches some of which have smaller Buddhas inside them, I presume the rest will be filled with smaller images of Buddha at a later date. 

Detail of the Buddha niche's.

Above the main central Buddha image the ceiling was made of some kind of metal maybe burnished copper, to the eye there was an odd displaced multi-faceted visual effect, strange but very pleasing. 

Spaced around the the niche columns were statues of Buddha in various poses.
Detail photographs of the beautiful Buddha statues.



Surrounding the central Dias, columns and statues, were the walls which were also covered in niche's containing images of Buddha. 

Some of the residing Buddha's. 

Because of the present construction of this site it is still open and exposed to the elements which means the local wild life,(birds) can still fly through the place leaving their little droppings and nesting debris all over the place. There will have to be a massive clean up after they have finished the construction if that ever happens, which is another story which |I'm not prepared to talk about here because I want to revisit this place at a later date. I do Feel privileged in seeing this temple in it's unfinished state because it allowed me to see how they constructed it and to imagine how grand  it might look in the distant future.