Black & White Sunday: Mayan Temple

During the Summer, my family and I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and see the Mayan Temple. We were in awe of this ancient structure and I imagined it surrounded by the forest with approaching pilgrims who had come to visit for religious purposes.

Mayan Temple © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Mayan Temple © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The structures are now beginning to crumble and the modern visitors come to see what are one of the new wonders of the world.

Have you been to visit one of the Mayan Temples?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

Black & White Sunday: Rural Photography

Last year in the beginning of July, my family and I had the opportunity to visit Arizona in the United States. On our trip we decided to do a few sightseeing jaunts and, while on our way to Sedona, we saw miles of dry land.

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A View of Arizona. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The threatening rain clouds did eventually send water to the ground but, thankfully, we had already returned to the hotel.

Have you seen Arizona’s rural landscape?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

Black & White Sunday: Negative Space

Last night I decided to open a bottle of South African wine that my nephew had brought us for Chinese New Year. As I pulled the cork out, I thought of the many times I had done so in the past before pouring wine to eat with dinner. Not many wine bottles these days are corked and I wondered if corking does make a difference to the taste of the beverage.

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A Taste of Home. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The wine is crisp and went well with the dinner my husband had cooked. We do not drink much and we look forward to having another taste of home tonight.

Do you drink wine with your dinner?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: negative space)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Last week we enjoyed the white of snow on the ground. My favourite day, however, was on Tuesday when the snow was gently falling and the trees were covered in white. My favourite photo of the scenes I took was the one of the Silver Birch. (If you missed my pictures of the snow, you can visit here.)

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Snow-covered Silver Birch in black & white. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The snow has all melted now with the higher temperatures we had over the weekend. Snow is predicted for this week but we will see whether we will get more than a few centimetres.

Do you have Silver Birch trees in your neighbourhood?

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(This post is linked to Cee’s Black & White Challenge.)

Black & White Sunday: Light

During the winter months, we need to use lamps in our place in order to see. I try to read by the lamplight but I often give up and switch on the TV as I find the light is not bright enough. Our place does not have overhead lighting and I often find it to be a disadvantage.

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By the light of the lamp. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

We have made the decision to go shopping for more lamps. Now to find the desire to enter a crowded store on a busy weekend afternoon!

Do you read by lamplight?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt:light)

A Little Relaxation

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Relaxation. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The weekend is a time for relaxation and putting your feet up. During this long weekend, my daughter decided to do a little relaxing of her own on the sofa. She often has a book in her hand but yesterday evening she decided to watch a few episodes of the anime series she is currently watching. I did not feel envious as I have been doing a little relaxing of my own on the sofa. Instead of watching a show, I have immersed myself into the world created by the novelist I am currently reading. The relaxation this weekend has done me good and I feel more willing to face the challenges of the week.

What did you do for relaxation this week?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: surreptitious photography)

A Mother’s Memory

This morning I washed a couple of the pillows that adorn my daughters’ beds. As I lay them out to dry, I smiled. I recalled their excitement when they received these cushions as a gift – I can see their wide smiles in my mind’s eye.

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Dora the Explorer cushions. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

They were huge fans of the Dora the Explorer programme. They would sit/stand in front of the TV, answer her questions, and vamonos! with her to various places.

I bought my girls a few of the DVDs and they watched them over, and over …. and over again. I did not mind as I knew they were learning from the repetition – and I believe the show to be an educational one.

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Dora the Explorer cushions in black & white. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

As the cushions reflect the past and stir memories of my children’s childhood, I thought the picture deserved to be presented in black & white. Even though the colours have been taken away, the cushions still evoke pleasant memories.

Paula's B&W SundayHave you watched the children’s show Dora the Explorer? What do you think of it?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: still life)

Building a Cityscape

As you know, the construction in my neighbourhood is ongoing. Cranes are often seen behind buildings and trees.

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A peeking crane. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Walking past another site, I see the trucks and drills that make continous noise throughout the day.

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Construction site. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Looking at yet another construction site, I notice that the outside of this condo is almost done.

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On its way to completion. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I know the changes and noise will not end with this condo’s completion as notices displayed on various buildings in the area suggest that condo construction will be continuing for many years to come.

Paula's B&W SundayIs construction changing the scape of your neighbourhood?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: cityscape)

Winter Lines

The lines in winter seem to stand out in stark contrast to the white snow that surrounds them.

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Winter Lines. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The empty park benches create horizontal lines that remain unbroken as are the vertical lines of branches that reach for the skies.

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Winter park benches. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The lines of the playground remain untouched by small hands.

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Lines at a park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The spaces amongst the trees are left empty.

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Lines of trees. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As the sun sinks lower, the winter lines become darker and can be seen more clearly against the freshly fallen snow.

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A snowscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The harsh winter lines that I see everyday will be softened in a few months with the advent of spring. Beauty can be found in winter lines but I do admit to preferring those of a warm spring.

Paula's B&W SundayDo you enjoy winter lines?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The prompt this week is lines)

A Stone Arrangement

Yesterday was a beautiful day to be outside. The ground was covered in white, the temperatures were not too low, and the wind had decided to stay away. It was a day I did not mind being outside for a while – especially at a place I had not visited before. While walking the grounds at the university library, I came across this stone arrangement of a large house that had been converted for use at the campus.

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A Stone Arrangement. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The old entranceway to the house looked magnificent covered in snow and I could not resist snapping a picture. Looking at the scene, I could imagine how grand it would have looked back in the old days at the height of its grandeur.

Did you see anything for the first time yesterday??

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)