Saturday, April 5, 2014

Family and Rocks (This week's Photo Hunt themes)


While it's easy enough to figure out how the above photos fit Gattina's chosen Photo Hunt theme this week, you'll probably have to read on to figure how they fit Sandi's -- that is, unless you can recognize Amah Rock in the top two photos and know the legend associated with it involving the rock being that of a faithful wife (and the baby on her back) being turned to stone after spending seemingly forever gazing out to sea looking for her fisherman husband and waiting for his return.

In my personal twist/addendum to the story, here's pointing out that way over on Peng Chau (trans. Flat Island), there's a Fisherman Rock (visible on the far left side of the third photo from the top of this entry).  Perhaps the faithful wife's didn't drown at sea as the legend goes but, instead, also turned to stone along with the rest of his family -- only in a another location in Hong Kong?

In any case, what you have are a bunch of interesting shaped rocks -- and evidence that Hong Kongers have a vivid imagination that often manifests itself into seeing meaning in various geological structures!  And if ever you want to join in the fun, I'd suggest that you head over to the islands of Po Toi (home to the amazing Tortoise Rock and Buddha's Palm Cliff) and Cheung Chau (with its rocks shaped like vases, human heads, elephants and such!) for starters.  

Returning to Amah Rock: while it may not resemble a mother and child when viewed up close and can look more like an Easter Island type statue or seated figure from various northern angles, the legendary resemblance is actually pretty strong when viewed from the south.  Don't believe me?  Then follow this link (and then scroll down to the second and third last photos on that lovely time capsule of a page)!  :)

16 comments:

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, great photos and an interesting story behind the Amah Rock. It's so cool learning about these different legends.

Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

magiceye said...

Loved the story! Beautiful takes!

Photo Cache said...

I believe every rock and every tree has a back story and I'm a very willing listener.

Happy weekend.

frankly my dear

Gattina said...

Interesting story and beautiful rock !

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

You're welcome -- and thanks, as ever, for looking, reading and positively commenting! :)

Hi magiceye --

Glad you like this post. :)

Hi Photo Cache --

I warn you... if you come to Hong Kong, there are A LOT of rocks and trees to listen to... ;b

Hi Gattina --

I hope that one day, I'll get to view Amah Rock from the angle that's most ideal to see it as a mother and child... :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

i love the stories people put to natural objects.

Annie said...

Thanks for the introduction to Amah Rock. I love stories like these and your photos are great. Hope you are having a nice weekend. :)

Carver said...

Great post for the themes. I love the first shot. They are all good but that's my favorite and I enjoyed the legend and the twist on it.

YTSL said...

Hi aspiritofsimplicity --

You should come to Hong Kong then. There are many rocks that have meaning invested in/on them by people here... including a massive formation near Amah Rock known as Lion Rock! :)

Hi Annie --

Yes, so far, so good re the weekend. Thanks for the good wishes along with looking, reading and apprecating. :)

Hi Carver --

From up close (like in the first shot), I see a very solid rock that is impressive in itself. Is it the same with you? ;b

EastCoastLife said...

Love the cool rocks in Hong Kong. This place is more than just eating and shopping. Would love to stay a month to explore the island.

YTSL said...

Hi EastCoastLife --

Yes, definitely, re Hong Kong being more than just eating and shopping! Also, remember, it's more than just one island... ;b

Sue St Clair said...

What a lovely story and great pics for the themes :)

JDeQ said...

What a wonderful shot and story for this week's theme of family!

Have a super weekend.

YTSL said...

Hi Sue --

I'm glad you like both aspects of this blog entry. :)

Hi JDeQ --

Hmmm, I hope you saw all three photos in this post rather than just one! ;O

Bill said...

Hi Yvonne,

When you speak of "Hong Kongers...seeing meaning in...geological structures" - it does ring of truth. Anthropomorphism in nature's forms has always been a source of inspiration for me, and more significant for me than any form of organized religion could ever be.

What's so fascinating about geological structures is that like a sculpture, each can look totally different if you change your viewing position. Amah Rock herself is a perfect example of this...The link you provide to your Po Toi photos depicts nature's sculptural-geological- workshop kingdom at its best.

Bill

YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

"What's so fascinating about geological structures is that like a sculpture, each can look totally different if you change your viewing position."

Absolutely -- and none more so to me than Po Toi's tortoise rock, which has to be viewed from a particular approach and angle to get the full effect. And near Shek O, there's a rock that I think looks a lot like Snoopy... but only from a particular angle. Otherwise, you'd never think it resembled anything... other than a large rock, that is! ;b