When I see or hear the word citrus, I tend to think of citrus, particularly orange, trees and groves in Mediterranean countries and places with a Mediterranean climate like Southern California. But for this week's Photo Hunt theme chosen by Sandi, I found myself thinking of fruit stalls and Buddhist and Taoist temples as places with citrus connections.
While hunting through my photo archive, I was delighted to find the image at the top of this blog entry -- one of fruit stalls whose offerings include oranges and other citrus fruits, abutting the temple in Sai Kung town that's dedicated to Tin Hau (the Hokkien maiden who became the goddess of the sea) and Kwan Tai (the Han Dynasty general immortalized as the God of War).
Although I didn't venture into the temple that day (since I only happened to be in the vicinity because it was near where I was meeting up with a friend to go hiking!), I'm going to assume that there'd have been offerings of citrus and fruits at the separate altars to Tin Hau and Kwan Tai in that temple. This is because it's pretty much the norm at Taoist and Buddhist temples -- be they in Hong Kong, Malaysia or, as in this entry's middle photo, Macau.
More than incidentally, the former Portuguese enclave's is thought to owe its name to Tin Hau (who's called A-Ma in Macau). In addition, Macau is where I took the final photo in this entry -- one chosen to answer Gattina's Photo Hunt query this week of: With what do you like to travel? And should it not be clear: the answer is -- my camera, a willingness to try the local delicacies (in this case, Lord Stow's Bakery's fabulous egg tarts!) and -- of course -- my beloved big-eyed traveling companion, Puppet Ponyo!!! :b