There are about 4 of these arches across a canal, and they are lit up at night for the tourist boats. Some of the birds depicted here have moving parts (eg the wings on the central bird) which are also animated at night for the tourists. A bit kitsch for my tastes but I'm sure some of the tourists and their children love it. It's rare to see a blue sky in China too. The flower appears to be a water lotus, common in this low swampy part of China.
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emka (96525) 2013-05-27 1:53
Hi Chris, my today neighbor,
Definitely it is kitchy but I am sure the kids like it, specially when something moves here. Indeed, I didn't see the really blue sky in China. Interesting washing day behind.
Royaldevon (38477) 2013-05-27 3:44
Kitchy, maybe, a bit like Blackpool Illuminations, which are loved because of that! Your shot is beautifully composed. I love how the features follow opposing diagonals. Those birds are really showing-off, beautifully sharp against the BLUE sky.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-27 4:20
fascinating and wonderful take on this ornate decoration in an obviously lived in setting. The contrast of elements here is both compelling and expressive. Original and absorbing imagery!
Have a great week - Brian.
pierrefonds (65878) 2013-05-27 4:50
The building is framing well the arch. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the Nanjing bird arch. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (78623) 2013-05-27 5:25
J'aime beaucoup cette contre plongée qui utilise bien le ciel comme arrière plan à ces superbes oiseaux artificiels.Les couleurs sont joliment saturées et l'ensemble est très net.
Silvio1953 (142131) 2013-05-27 5:38
Ciao Chris, lovely and original composition wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-05-27 5:46
Nice arch with cranes a symbolic animal in Chinese culture
Excellent sharpness, fine colors and light
Nicou (141162) 2013-05-27 10:24
merveilleuse image et compo sueprbe vue et photo avec cet arche vert et ces oiseaux de papier, sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (35313) 2013-05-27 11:02
Thanks to your picture we can see some other Chinese places,well captured against the sky, nice composition
ourania (45022) 2013-05-27 12:36
I think there's surrealism in this scenery and your composition has captured as much or as less of it as possible:) The kitschy artwork and colours of the the arch are mind-stopping and their juxtaposition to the block of flats and the daily life details is striking. Kitsch things seem to be disarming, you can't comment on them, they just are what they are. Your composition is superb, you've used the light in a very efficient way and details and textures make the impact of the scene even stronger. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-05-27 22:37
Bon cadrage de ce décor très kitsch mais qui doit faire la joie des enfants et, pourquoi pas, de quelques grands.
Graal (102752) 2013-05-27 22:43
unusual decorative birds. Good captured place and theme. Amazing water lotus flowers, too. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
ikeharel (70743) 2015-12-11 1:56
Blue sky in China is a contemporary issue, Chris, good that mentioned.
Beautifully decorated the arch, at first thought those birds were real - than realized they are not moving... and stand with un-natural pose.
Fabulous green, good contrast.
Have a nice weekenbd,