A quiet walk in the private garden could be . . . er, romantic?
Forbidden City, Beijing – April 2009.
Near the end of a long afternoon touring the Forbidden City, one of the final areas you will pass through is the Emperor's private gardens. It is not uncommon to find man-made 'rocks' in Chinese gardens, but not all of them (no others that I saw) have such obvious characteristics. One can easily imagine the significance of this item standing amongst the trees as the Emperor escorts his wife or one of his concubines on a pleasant afternoon stroll. Ah nature. It's so, uh, stimulating, isn't it?
There wasn't room to stand back from this sight, so I took photos of the top and bottom sections and combined them with Photoshop's photomerge. There is also some HDR toning and a couple of other adjustment layers to separate the subject from the background.