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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!





8 則留言:

  1. You never fail to surpise! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos. They are absolutely divine! Dusk, is just an illusion, because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are; there cannot be one without the other, yet they cannot exist at the same time.
    [版主回覆09/20/2011 10:26:10]Thank you for your explanations. No matter what the truth may be, sunsets are simply spectacular! I was so lucky to be able to watch one of them as the sky and the water changed colors..

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  2. In photography, this is called the "Magic Hour".
    The last photo is really magnificent! Good shot.
    [版主回覆09/20/2011 13:10:30]Thank you. What is magnificent is not my photo but Nature!

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  3. Thank you for showing us the beautiful sunset in Tai O. I love the first picture that exhibits the co-existed beauty of artificial street lamps and natural sunlight. It's magic. ^_^
    [版主回覆09/20/2011 13:24:43]Thank you. I love the photo too. Not only the juxtapositioning of the artificial and the natural but a sense of the silent magnificence of Nature.

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  4. beautiful sunset ! I have taken photos there for a few times, but it's day time.
    [版主回覆09/20/2011 17:50:39]The sunset speaks for itself. I merely recorded it in digital. Even during the day, Tai O can be interesting so long as there is light and shadow.

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  5. You definitely know how to enjoy what life has in store for us. Those of us who are weighed down with work can only look with envy at these gorgeous pictures.
    [版主回覆09/20/2011 19:14:49]I follow one motto: I work to live and not live to work except for such work as may bring joy to others and to myself.

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  6. 域 流亦詩 Louis Rick2011年9月21日 下午2:49

    Both of your article and photals are so much fantastic. Thank you for sharuing.
    [版主回覆09/21/2011 16:45:52]Thanks for your kind words. I'll strive not to disappoint.

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  7. 這是同一天的時間嗎?看不見的時間,彷彿看見它的舞姿,地方令人心境平和愉快,一天不夠呀!^^ ariesg只能中文書寫,El Zorro 可明白嗎?:p
    [版主回覆09/21/2011 20:50:50]There in the afternoon until unset. Yes, time may seem to have stood still in serene Tai-O but the sun wouldn't wait, not even for its villagers. The sun continued its dance into the night. So good to be able to catch it in the nick of time. I can read and write Chinese but not as well as some of the bloggers here.

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  8. 特別喜歡第十一 及十五兩幅、黃昏後的棚屋與小艇 ~~~~~~ 有氣氛!
    [版主回覆09/22/2011 14:21:01]Thank you. I like them too!

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