Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow


If you live in a sunless region like those of us in northern Illinois, you did not welcome “Shadow” as this week’s theme. I doubt there will be many shadows till spring, say May. Still I found this painting which captures some trees’ shadows.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

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At the Park, Harbin



The Zhaolin Park in Harbin is small, but packed with greenery with lots to do and see: groups singing or doing tai chi, children on the merry-go-round or watching the peacocks or rabbits in their cages.

I love how popular and well-used Chinese parks are. Early or late, you’re sure to see people dancing, walking or exercising.


Every May the students decorate the cherry trees by tying wishes to them. This year they added kites that appear stuck, but are actually decorating the trees.

C’est tres jolie.

Spring Arrives


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Plum blossoms

Plum blossoms

Willow leaves sprout

Willow leaves sprout


It’s warming up and signs of spring pop up almost daily. Temperatures are in the 70s midday and predicted to get to the 80s by the end of the week.

Red Leaf Valley

Getting to Red Leaf Valley is no mean feat. It took us over 2 hours to get there. While that’s what our friends’ directions told us to expect, I thought we could do better since we had these directions. We weren’t expat pioneers, while they had been. I thought we were leaving early enough by going at 8:30 am, now I’d advise someone to leave at 7.

We met some students who suggested we take a different bus to the first bus, which I think we should have ignored. Anyway that second bus was packed by the time we got to it, so we wound up taking a cab, which helped us make up some time. As you’d expect from the name Red Leaf Valley was aflame with red and gold this time of year. Hordes of people go there to see the foliage at its peak. They have several trails, a couple temples, a pond, tree houses and play equipment for children. While it’s a bit built up for the likes of say, John Muir, I enjoyed getting out and breathing some fresh air. The entrance fee is 60 rm, which is pricey, but they have discounts for seniors.

Getting back we squeezed on to a packed city bus. In hindsight, I recommend walking to the bus stop before Red Leaves Valley so you aren’t standing for 90 minutes or more.

Sunday’s Walk

We’ve been blessed with sunny warm days. Today all the American English teachers went on a walk over to the traditional market. Here’s a few things I saw on the way.


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