Memories of Qingming – Part 3

A Love Story From The Graves.

On a gloomy and windy day, a frangipani landed on the edge of a tombstone. Perhaps, it wanted to be near the fading, hanging red hibiscus it was admiring and longing from the treetop? Will the impending rain separate them again? Or will they wilt together? An ant and silent, invisible souls around them will bear witness.

The frangipani or plumeria is known as the “graveyard flower” locally and the trees are found in abundance at Chinese, Malay and Christian cemeteries. It was in bloom during Qing Ming 2015 and the fallen flowers were scattered beautifully on top of graves.

The frangipani tree is the national tree of Laos and the flower is the national flower of Nicaragua. The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia, South Korea and Haiti. It is also the state flower of Hawaii where the plumeria is used as one of the flowers for the Hawaiian Lei or garland. Like the hibiscus, the plumeria comes in a variety of colours.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 3200, f9, 1/640 sec.

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You’re A Big Big Girl In A Big Big World – Part 13

Palacio de Sal in Bolivia, South America, is a hotel built out of salt blocks. It is located at the edge of Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, located near the borders of Argentina and Chile. A salt flat is a desert like expanse of ground covered with salt and other minerals. The site is near the famous antique train cemetery. Book this hotel or others at Picture from Agoda.

Memories of Qingming – Part 2

The Pirate And Cupcakes. Lonely As A Cemetery Dog.

It was both heartbreaking and heartening to see this eye patched dog that turned around to smile at me when I called out in 2016. I am guessing she was probably abandoned here as a puppy.

The dog must have grew up very lonely in the normally deserted and vast graveyard where she ruled. Heartening because, once a year, there is an abundance of food for her to scavenge. Visitors leave behind prayer food such as Chinese cupcakes.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f10, 1/320 sec.

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Memories of Qingming – Part 1

This is one of my favourite photographic memories from the graveyards on Tomb Sweeping Day. 15 days after the Spring Equinox, the Chinese sweep or visit the tombs of their departed loved ones annually.

The weather may be wet and gloomy on that day in 2008, but the Qing Ming Jie (清明节) (or Ching Ming Festival) tradition of burning paper offerings was captured in this image of cold against warmth.

To capture the silhouettes of relatives (strangers) surrounding the tomb and bonfire, I climbed down low on the hilly terrain.

Olympus E-510, 1SO 400, f4.5, 1/320 sec.

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You’re A Big Big Girl In A Big Big World – Part 12

If you used to like sleeping in the library or behind bookshelves, you will like this hotel in Tokyo and Kyoto. It is also a dorm and capsule hotel for bibliophiles. Book And Bed bills itself as “an accommodation bookshop”. Falling asleep while reading is encouraged. Book this hotel or others at Picture from Agoda. #mycenuniquehotel