I went exploring in downtown Dalian last Sunday. The original plan was to visit the Dalian Botanical Gardens. It’s usually a great place in the spring when all the vegetation is in bloom. But, spring hasn’t made its way to Dalian yet and there was no blooming vegetation. Then, I noticed a pagoda at the top of a nearby mountain and decided that was the place to be.
Today, I went geocaching for the first time. I heard about geocaching on the JustJapan podcast a few day ago. The hosts made it seem like a good way to explore new parts of the city and find new places to photograph. So I decided to give it a try. My first hunt took me to Fuguo Park, which is basically a trail that follows the ridge of one of the many mountains/hills that dot the Dalian landscape. This particular mountain is great one side is the Xinghai area with a nice view of the ocean and on the other side is the sprawl. A vast ocean of apartment blocks as far as the eye can see.
Posted in China, Dalian
Tagged apartment towers, Apartments, china, cities, city, city life, cityscape, cityscapes, dalian, geocaching, Ken Larmon, ken larmon photography, sprawl, urban life, urban sprawl
A couple of years ago I joined the photography club at Tiafu College’s Chengdu campus. The usual club activity was a photo walk at a tourist destination in or around the city. One weekend the members told me that they were going to volunteer at a retirement home near campus. They told me I didn’t have to go if I didn’t want to. I decided to go with them to practice doing fill flash portraits.
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Tagged "retirement home", china, elderly, elders, fill flash, Ken Larmon, ken larmon photography, Portrait, portraits
This photo goes back to before my China days. I had just seen the documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea and wanted to explore the area with the ultimate goal of making it to Salvation Mountain. Upon arriving at Salvation Mountain I saw this guy curled up in the sand soaking up the afternoon rays.
I came across this little garden/temple complex wandering around Hangzhou’s West Lake one morning.
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Tagged china, garden, gardens, hangzhou, HDR, HDR Photography, Ken Larmon, ken larmon photography, temple, tourism, travel, west lake, xihu, zhejiang
Some things, like feeding pigeons, are universal.
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Tagged birds, china, city life, dalian, feeding birds, feeding pigeons, Ken Larmon, lifestyle, pigeons, travel, xinghai square
It’s a Chinese tradition to write wishes on paper lanterns and release them during special occasions or holidays. This particular lantern release was in celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival.
Posted in Baicheng, China
Tagged Baicheng, china, chinese paper lantern, festivals, Ken Larmon, lantern, lifestyle, mid-autumn festival, paper lantern, traditions, travel