Saturday, August 15, 2009

Artificial (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

The word artificial is one of those I rarely use in everyday conversation -- not because I don't encounter much that's "made by people, often as a copy of something natural" (one of its definitions according to Cambridge Dictionaries Online) but, rather, because it never seems to be able to be free of the negativity that comes with its other more value-weighed meaning (i.e., "DISAPPROVING not sincere").

But in keeping with one of my blogging resolutions being to help release my inner Pollyanna, I've sought more positive possibilities when searching for appropriate snaps to use for this week's Photo Hunt. So what I've opted to offer up are aesthetically pleasing artificial versions of something I (also) love to find in nature.

And for those seeking location information, the artificial waterfalls in the photos are to be found at (from top to bottom):-
- Himeji, Japan's Kokoen Garden
- Taipei, Taiwan's Lungshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple
- Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong's Yuen Yuen Institute

Think them (all) pretty? I hope so! :)


MaR said...

They are indeed fantastic, they are all beautiful waterfalls, just like something mother nature would have done!
Happy PH!

candi said...

I do think they are pretty. And great take on the theme, I've also encountered and liked many artificial waterfalls in my walks and travels.

Happy weekend!

upto6only said...

that is really indeed beautiful. nice take on this week's theme.

happy weekend

LifeRamblings said...

lovely waterfall shots and those are great finds for the theme.

happy weekend.

jmb said...

What a lovely series of photos for this theme, YTSL. Good job.

Happy weekend to you.

eastcoastlife said...

We have some huge man-made fountains in Singapore too. I would love to see the real thing. :P

CherryPie said...

What a wonderful idea for artificial. I too love waterfalls :-)

Jama said...

Even though they are artificial, they sure look so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots! We do spent a good deal of time and energy trying to recreate nature's beauty.

Happy Saturday!

Lynn said...

They're beautiful. I love the sound of flowing water so even if waterfalls are manmade, I love them.

Vita Stunder said...

Truly beautiful waterfalls, even if they are not made by mother nature.

Have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

That's a great idea for the theme. They are all gorgeous. Happy Saturday!

Annie said...

They are so beautiful. Artificial at its best! And I look forward to seeing more posts from your inner Pollyanna. :)

Marites said...

they are really beautiful! I don't mind if they're artificial:)

Happy PH!

A. said...

There's something about moving water that makes me want to stand and stare, and these would be no exception. The turtles in the third shot aren't artificial, are they?

Meikah said...

Very creative of you, and the photos are beautiful! ;)

Unknown said...

Those are gorgeous! I love waterfalls. I think most people are intrigued by them, although I'm not sure exactly why. Perhaps it's the majesty of some, the quiet trickling of others.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

Wow, those are artificial?? Lovely!

Mine's up, too! I hope you get some time to visit.

Mrs. Mecomber
New York Traveler Photo Hunt

Photo Cache said...

Those are good kind of artificial isn't it? Great take.

YTSL said...

Hi Mar --

Glad you like the waterfalls even though they're artificial rather than natural. :)

Hi Candi --

Sounds like you're a fellow walking as well as travelling enthusiast. Cool! :)

Hi upto6only --

Thanks, and happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi Life Ramblings --

Thanks -- and have to say it wasn't so difficult finding the photos as deciding what to use for "articial"!

Hi jmb --

Thanks -- and hope you have/had a happy weekend too. :)

Hi EastCoastLife --

You mean there aren't any non artificial waterfalls in Singapore??!! :O

Hi Cherry Pie --

Thanks -- and I think lots of us are fans of waterfalls. :)

Hi Jama --

Agreed! :)

Hi Jdeq --

It's actually Sunday already as I write this but I did have a good Saturday, thanks. :)

Hi Lynn --

Interesting that you like the sound as well as, presumably, the sight of waterfalls. :)

Hi Anna --

Thanks! :)

Hi Carver --

Thanks -- and happy weekend to you! :)

Hi Annie --

Actually, I think there have already been a fair few entries reflecting my inner Pollyanna. So please don't just visit but also check out the archived posts. :)

Hi Marites --

Glad that you don't mind that they're artificial! I'm the same way! :)

Hi A. --

No, the turtles aren't artificial -- good spot! :D

Hi Meikah --

Thanks -- glad you approve. :b

Hi Sherry --

I think you hit the nail on the head re at least some of the reasons for people being intrigued by waterfalls. :)

Hi Mrs Mecomber --

Yes, indeedy, they are artificial - in that they were designed and made by humans.

Hi Photo Cache --

Yup, there sometimes is good artificial, I reckon. :)

ohmygums said...

I always love the sound of water whether it's real or artificial..
Mine is up here

YTSL said...

Hi ohmygums --

I know people who find the sound of water relaxing. Seems like you might be one of them! :b

Melusine said...

What a beautiful place and impressive images!
Actually I had problems with the word "artificial" due to me not being english, but I found a translator and got it at last :)

YTSL said...

Hi Melusine --

Actually, it's three different places in three different countries! And as far as I'm concerned -- whatever your English language difficulties, you definitely did well with your take for "artificial". :)