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2011年9月20日 星期二

Tai O Surprises - 2




In the previous blog, I said I was surprised by the sudden swings in the weather and, along with it, my photographic fate and that I was surprised too by the lines, shapes and colors that I did not previously expect to find in Tai O. But more surprises were in store.





As I walked away from the old village stalls selling all kinds of dried seafood and local snacks and the dilapidated houses, my eyes were greeted by what appeared an inlet. On the shore opposite the inlet, I found some of the most colorful huts I have ever seen in the New Territories!






This is what I found! An abstract painting in blue, white and grey, albeit rather rough, in front of another house in yellow!






That colorful bungalow was not the only one. Here you find temples, public houses with green
roofs, red pillars and yellow walls against the background of a sea of natural green which throw
their reflections upon the surface of the water, unruffled except by the trail of wavelets from
the propellers of the "water tour" boats from time to time.










And boats in blue and green with yellow or red gunwales and/or lifebuoys.





And boats in red and floats or rafts in blue too!  Above them, a family having afternoon tea?






A close up of two boats in blue and brown, limited to carrying 4!

But dusk was closing in fast.






The sun about to set.





The sun setting further.





You can see the changes of the color of the sky and the water. More and more red appeared.








The surface of the water getting slightly pinkish red.






The night closing in in earnest.






Two boats in the sunset. The sea was almost pink by now.






Another view of the same two boats from a wider perspective.







An abandoned boat!






The same boat a little later.






Almost completely dark by now. How did it look landward? In the horizon, we can see one of
the many planes flying towards Chek Lap Kok.





The road to the new housing estate.





I turned my eyes to my left and found some clouds above, as if they were smoke from some
non-existent chimney from their non-existent fireplaces.





A little later, this was what I found.







The clouds had moved even further.





This was how it happened. First there was more yellow light in the sky. 






As the sun set further, it got darker and the sky became redder.






Then it became even redder..







More of the sky at dusk.





The sky above the road at first.





Another view of the sky above the road. You can see the yellows increasing. The sun already
below the hill line.





Then the  sky quickly got  redder






And redder still. I decided I must rush to the sea to catch a glimpse of what it looked like before
the sun was completely down. I had to walk at a very brisk pace, almost half running.






Ah, I arrived just in time as the sun gave off some of its dying rays!






Shoot! Just any shots before the sun was completely down. It'd never wait for you to
find exactly the kind of focus, settings and mode you desire!






Another shot in my dash to the pier,  this time, closer to some of the boats.






No time to lose. Had to rush to the pier!






This was what I found. What magnificence! Somehow, all the previous hassles seemed no
longer worth mentioning!