I'm feeling very "springy" and thinking of flowers. This is a great example of the Hawaiian State Flower, the Yellow Hibiscus. The hibiscus loves the weather in Hawaii and grows all over the islands. This one grows along the street near Waikiki Beach and earned a quick snap.
It's only after I had the film developed that I saw the little lizard to the left of the blossom. He didn't hang out long. He had disappeared in my next photo just seconds later.
The Cathedral in Seville, Spain is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world and the third largest Church in the world. Construction took just over 100 years starting in the 15th century (after the Reconquista) and was built on the site of a mosque that was damaged 50 years earlier in an earthquake. It was built in the shape of a cross when viewed aerially.
The detail of the church is amazing. The photo above shows the ceiling just above the alter area. The ceiling in this area is over 40 meters high (nearly 140 feet) and fully carved throughout.
This last weekend was the first part of Coachella in the US. Spring often seems to be the start of music festivals and Chile is no different. This amphitheater is the home to the largest music festival in Chile; some say it is the most important music festival in the Americas.
The facility holds 20,000 people and is located in the middle of the the Quinta Vergara Park in Vina del Mar, a town just north of Valparaiso, Chile. The "ceiling" is filled with pipes to aid in the acoustics of the venue. I was told that during the era of Pinochet, this was the only way a Chilean could hear foreign music in the country.
I wish I had taken a photo of this walking street anytime after 7:00 in the morning. Because it was always packed with people. I mentioned previously that while in Shanghai I was suffering from jet lag and up earlier than normal. So around 5:00 we got up and went for a walk. This photo was taken while returning to the hotel... around 6:00 or so.
I love that every 20 feet or so was a new group practicing their tai chi in the early morning hours. I love the way the morning light wakes up the buildings in the city. I love that this chaotic city of 23 million (the largest city in China) arouses slowly with a calmness.
labels: china, shanghai
location: shanghai, china