Tag Archives: Traval

Peony

The unofficial national flower of China.

Continuing my #China catalogue diving. I don't think this photo has ever been posted anywhere, so I thought I'd give it a run through the processing wringer and see what came out. Used to achieve this result were #TopazDenoise3 , #TopazDetail5 and #TopazAdjust5 .

Peonies are grown in different ways from small shrubs to large tree-like plants. Blooms range from a couple of inches in diameter to six or eight inches, depending on how they are cultivated. This was probably in the four or five inch range.

The gardens surrounding the Giant Goose Pagoda in #Xian , China would be a peony lover's delight. They seemed to be everywhere, and April is apparently a great month to catch peonies in bloom.

#GiantGoosePagoda #Peony #Traval

#FFA

 

Hurl-A-Whirl

Those rocks don't roll, they fly.

This is a trebuchet- not a catapult- used for slinging boulders at castle walls. This particular replica is located at Warwick Castle where its use is demonstrated several times a day during tourist season. That's the River Avon behind. (Yes, that River Avon.)

Topaz Clarity was the plugin of choice for this photo, and it managed to bring out details that a lot of other plugins could not- at least not as easily.

#Traval #England #WarwickCastle #Warfare #Trebuchet

#FFA

 

There I Stood In Grandeur, Guarding The Dead Emperor

Now I stand, immobile, unprotected, my painted-on uniform faded.

From Wikipedia: The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

April 2009

Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6

#China #Xian #Traval #TerracottaWarriors #History