Chinese Gardens: Harmony: Lens-Artists Challenge number 44

In response to Tina’s prompt for the Lens-Artists Challenge number 44 – harmony

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Chinese gardens have been evolving over the last 3000 years and have been built by emperors and other nobility to give pleasure or impress or by scholars as areas to reflect and escape the outside world. They are an idealised landscape designed to show harmony between man and nature.

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The common elements of a Chinese garden include water, buildings, rocks and vegetation.

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Even the paving is designed to delight.

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Typically the garden is enclosed behind walls and will include one or more ponds, strategically placed rocks, zig zagging paths, trees and flowers and a number of buildings and pavillions that are connected via the paths and bridges.

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The garden is designed to be looked at from within these rooms giving the viewer a different carefully landscaped view from each window and door.

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This garden called “The Garden of Harmony” or Yuyuan in Chinese was built in the Qing Dynasty by an official Gu Wenbin and is found in Suzhou. It was started in 1874 and has gradually evolved from that time.

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A wonderful, calming place to wander and view the harmony between man and nature.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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13 Responses to Chinese Gardens: Harmony: Lens-Artists Challenge number 44

  1. Absolutely beautiful pictures, Irene.

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  2. pattimoed says:

    What a perfect choice for the “Harmony” theme, Irene. Beautiful shots. I especially love the pink flower. 🙂 🙂

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  3. Such beautiful gardens. 🙂

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  4. ksbeth says:

    these are amazingly beautiful and well thought out

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    A lovely choice Irene. We visited this garden a few years ago and yes, its a perfect example of harmony. Terrific images of a great choice

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  6. Gorgeous images. You’re a master at framing. Many people don’t realize how much of great photography results from the photographer’s vision, not the stuff in front of him but the way he perceives it.

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