Friday, July 1, 2011

The lesser known treasure of Hangzhou

We went to China for a short vacation, before Papa started with his new job. Our first stop was Hangzhou (杭州), where our journey commenced on a fittingly wet note, as we visited the Westbrook Wetland National Reservation Park (西溪湿地).
In contrast to the man-made beauty of the more famous West Lake (西湖),the main attraction was Mother Nature, in its mostly unadulterated manifestation.
There wasn't any urban noise intruding into my thoughts, merely a soft symphony by the little creatures that called the park home.
Every so often, one of these creatures would come closer, as if to remind us who the real hosts of the party were.
But never too rudely, to break my concentration or interrupt my prayer of thanks for this wonderful experience.


Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Serline! The images of nature here are spectacular!! The color is so rich, crisp, and clear. Being encompassed around such beauty truly takes your breath away, does it not? You are so correct, Mother Earth makes a fabulous hostess!

I wish your husband much happiness in his new job! Hugs to you, my far away friend!

tinajo said...

Sounds and looks fantastic - so happy for your adventure! :-)

I got the postcard a couple of days ago:

Thanks! :-)

Misty said...

Beautiful beautiful photos!

Tamar SB said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation! Your pictures are just stunning!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful photos from your trip !

Anita Johnson said...

Good to see you are back...and what beautiful, magical pictures these are!

Kala said...

The framing, color, and light in the first photo are just gorgeous Serline.