Saturday, April 17, 2010

Covered (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

This week's Photo Hunt theme has so many meanings that I couldn't resist and thus went ahead and covered two of them rather than just one! So, firstly, the upper two photos out of the four I've in this blog entry show Lantau Island mountain tops covered by clouds. And should anyone wonder, the beautiful carved triple arch is that of Po Lin Monastery, situated on the more famous of two Ngong Ping plateaus in Hong Kong -- and for the curious, here's a glimpse of the less well known Ngong Ping that hikers love more -- while the high rise buildings in that otherwise idyllic green location belong to Tung Chung, one of Hong Kong's many new towns.

For their part, the lower two photos show examples of Hong Kong's many of covered walkways that attest, among other things, to The Big Lychee being a place where people really do walk about a lot. And having a government intent on ensuring that pedestrians can easily and conveniently get about even when it rains (something that can happen a lot -- and with a vengeance -- over here).

(For those who don't recognise it, the upper of those two lower photos is of part of the over 800 meters long Central-Mid-Levels escalator that is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. And for the record: the final photo in this blog entry was taken from inside an underpass in Sham Shui Po -- across Victoria Harbour and what can seem like a whole socio-cultural world away from Central and the Mid-Levels, yet also very much covered by the authorities' efforts to make sure that Hong Kong is full of covered walkways!)


luna miranda said...

i love the first photo..looks magical.

Randi said...

Another marvelous and informative post with gorgeous photos!
Happy weekend.

Mar said...

Very beautifully covered by clouds! and how convenient to have those covered pedestrian ways.
Enjoy your weekend!


jams o donnell said...

A great selection of photos as ever YTSL. I love the contrast between the first two photos. Have a great weekend

ipanema said...

what beautiful backdrop in the first 2 photos. love the collection.

Maya said...

I love how you do pictures of both nature and man-made. Hong Kong seems to have the magic of both.

EastCoastLife said...

Rare to see fluffy cloud-covered mountain top in HK, the pollution is quite bad when I was there.

HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Wow, amazing captures! I especially love the second photo!

Angie said...

Well & truly covered (as is Europe today)

YTSL said...

Hi Luna Miranda --

I can't decide whether I like the first or second photo -- hence my putting both up! ;b

Hi Randi --

Thanks for appreciating and happy weekend to you too. :)

Hi Mar --

Agreed re the first two commments and hope you have an enjoyable weekend too. :)

Hi jams --

You mean you like the contrast beteween the traditional Chinese and Western style structures? Me too. :)

Hi ipanema --

Yes, Lantau is lovely... and I can see why some people decide to live there even if it's geographically inconvenient to do so.

Hi Maya --

Hong Kong has both the culture and nature for me to enjoy -- and am glad I can share some of them via photos. :)

Hi EastCoastLife --

The pollution comes and goes. Sorry that you picked a bad time to visit. Touch wood but my mother seems to pick good times with regards to Hong Kong being relatively free of pollution whenever she visits!

Hi HalfCrazy --

Thanks! BTW, are you a Photo Hunter? Went to your blog but couldn't see a Photo Hunt entry there.

Hi Angie --

Yes, indeedy -- and if you're in Europe, hope all that volcano ash dissipates soon!

magiceye said...

beautiful takes on the theme!

pjpink said...

Very cool photos!

SassyMom said...

nice choices. thanks for sharing those bits of information.

Bengbeng said...

the govt of HK must really love its ppl to build cover for its pedestrians

Ladykli said...

Love your photos and interesting post. It's fun to visit around the world without having to leave one's own home!

Here's my covered.

Sue St Clair said...

The cloud coverage over the mountains is just breathtaking, but all of these are great examples of the covered theme. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and your comment. Happy weekend, and photo hunting!

Gattina said...

Again a very interesting selection of the interpretation of the word !

Sreisaat Adventures said...

You covered great many things! The first two photos are my favorites :D

A. @ A Changing Life said...

I always think there's something special about cloud covered mountains. the temple and the skyscrapers give a great contrast in completely different ways. Beautiful!

YTSL said...

Hi magiceye --

Am glad you think so! :)

Hi pjpink --

Thanks! :)

Hi SassyMom --

Thanks for reading as well as looking. :)

Hi Bengbeng --

Well... they have more money to spend (especially per resident and square foot/meter) than the Malaysian one! So...

Hi Ladykli --

I know what you mean about Photo Hunting in particular and the internet in general. :)

Hi Sue --

And thank you for visiting, looking and reading (too). :)

Hi Gattina --

Thanks -- again for visiting over and over again. :)

Hi Sreisaat Adventures --

I think the first two photos do have the most visual impact but I like the other two photos too! :)

Hi A. --

Guess I've covered the traditional and modern and culture and nature in one single entry, huh? ;b

Marta said...

I also love the mixture of nature and man made. The first picture is particularly nice.

Scott said...

Love those cloud cover shots and the cityscapes are very interesting. You definitely have this theme COVERED.

Carver said...

I like the contrast between the first two shots. Both covered in clouds and the carved arch is magnificent. That's great having covered walkways in the city. Interesting post.

noel said...


what a great interpretation of the theme today, very creative and colorful, i love the your story on all the covered including the clouds.

healingmagichands said...

I really enjoyed your post on the theme. I love the cloud covered mountains, how scenic. I did not know that Hong Kong has so many covered walkways, but it seems quite practical and intelligent to me.

I played too. . .

YTSL said...

Hi Marta --

We seem to have similar likes, it seems! :)

Hi Scott --

Thanks and teehee re the covered remark/pun. :)

Hi Carver --

More re covered walkways: they really are terrific when it rains. Saves having to walk about with an umbrella and being poked in the eye by other people's umbrellas! :b

Hi Noel --

Thanks for looking, reading and appreciating. :)

Hi healingmagichands --

Thanks for getting as much out of my blog entry as you have done. :)


@seaearthsky said...

Good stuff!

Horsoon said...

Beautiful shots, especially the clouds-covered mountains of Lantau Island :)

YTSL said...

Hi @seaearthsky --

Thanks! :)

Hi Horsoon --

Thanks for the compliments -- especially as they come from someone as good with the camera as you. :)

Jerry said...

Lots of very different covers there. Great shots for this week's theme.

Have a super week!

Annie said...

A wonderful collection of images for this theme. I too love the contrasts. Have a great week!

YTSL said...

Hi Jerry --

Like you, I couldn't fix on just one way to cover this week's Photo Hunt theme... ;b

Hi Annie --

Thanks -- and fingers crossed that this new week will be a good one. :)

Travel Hong Kong said...

have you tried the tofu dessert in lantua island?