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)! :)