Photo: Elvis Shrine. Or Maybe Not.

Something a world away reminded me of something familiar.

This Buddha shrine is located at the Giant Goose Pagoda in Xian, China. For whatever reason (that I couldn't explain if a gun was held to my head), it reminded me instantly of the Velvet Elvis paintings that were popular in the 70s. 
 
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Photo: The Buddha In Xian
He found a quiet place to meditate, I guess.

In the gardens surrounding the Giant Goose Pagoda in Xian, China, there are several nice settings where one can sit and meditate for a bit. Or take photos.

Processing was done starting with Lightroom 5, then Nik Viveza 2 followed by Nik Color Efex Pro 4. I may be starting to get the hang of these control point thingies.

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Photo: 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.

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Photo: The Old City Wall Of Xian
April 2009

One of the places visitors to Xian are taken is the wall surrounding the old city.  Construction began in 1370, and atop the wall are many guard houses and military administrative buildings. Tourists can rent bicycles to ride the entire 8.5 miles around the enclosed old city.

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Photo: Stairway To . . . The City Wall
The only way to get there.

Members of our tour group make their way up the stairs to the top of the city wall in Xian. This stop was just after lunch, making the climb . . . unattractive. Once ascended, though, there are interesting views of the surrounding city, and interesting activities going on. Worth the effort, indeed.

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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

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