inspired by some recent Xihu uploads, here's another one of mine...
"A light boat with short oars- West Lake is good.
A gentle curve in the green water,
Fragrant grass along the dyke,
The faint sound of pipes and song follows me everywhere.
Without a wind, the water's surface lies smooth as glaze.
I don't notice boats passing,
Tiny movements start up ripples,
Startled birds rise from the sand and graze the bank in flight."
- Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072)
Xī Hú (Chinese: 西湖; literally "West Lake") is a famous fresh water lake located in the historic center of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of eastern China.
There are dozens of lakes called West Lake worldwide, but "West Lake" usually refers to the Hangzhou West Lake. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with an area of around 6.5 square kilometers located in the western area of Hangzhou City's historic center.
West Lake is not only famous for its picturesque landscape, it is also associated with many scholars, national heroes and revolutionary martyrs, thus embracing many aspects of Chinese culture.
Xī Hú is said to be the incarnation of Xi Shi, one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Hence, since ancient times, Xī Hú was associated with a large number of romatic poets, profound philosophers, national heroes and heroines.
OUYANG XIU was a Chinese statesman, historian, essayist and poet of the Song Dynasty. His poems are generally relaxed, humorous and often self-deprecatory; he gave himself the title The Old Drunkard. His most famous work includes a series of ten poems entitled >B>West Lake is Good.
more info on www.chinese-poems.com/oyxe.html
"And why don't you come on back
from way out west
and love me, we can work out the rest."
- Big Star (1974)
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besnard (52009) 2010-03-03 0:44
Une belle image aux couleurs douces avec une grande netteté sur le bâteau et le pêcheur.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
sevy (15325) 2010-03-03 1:04
Nice ambiance showing that sometimes grey weather are suitable for photo. Good composition with the tree and the boat in foreground opening on this lake landscape.
macondo (18551) 2010-03-03 2:13
A lovely picture indeed, so nicely composed to show the branches framing the peacefully drifting boat. The boat and its relaxed owner are nicely caught by the light on this grey day. The background is so gentle in tone. I found your note very interesting. I believe there are many 'Westlake' restaurants around the world! I can see now why the Chinese have such a high regard for this lake. Nice work.
xavshot (69835) 2010-03-04 12:59
très belle image. La luminosité est excellente et le cadrage est très agréable.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-03-06 12:19
Nice image in grey weather the succeeding boats give a good fee of distance and the closest one serves as a good foreground
have a nice day JY
kennyblack (4207) 2012-03-24 7:05
Beautiful image of an ordinary day in China. Very well presented and realized. I really like the light that illuminates from the right side the fisherman.
A greeting and good wishes for the weekend ... Marino
ruisc_pt (10357) 2014-02-14 5:45
Nice compo.I Luke more th e light and th e misty BG.
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (13544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-04
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/2000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: China 2009
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-03 0:36
- Favorites: 1 [view]