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Capture: Two Tripods, One Night

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  • Lilith __,

    Hm, I think we need a more chiselled jawline. :-)

    [Not to be confused with another guy with cheekbones and a coat ]

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Oh hang on, I'm meant to be at the top.....;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    hang on, I’m meant to be at the top…..;)

    Either that or you need the rest of the Village People ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Lilith __,

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    Either that or you need the rest of the Village People ;-)

    Well the world is one big village ;)

    where everyone gets a pony

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    Itching to get home now and bombard Capture with piccies from Nevada City and San Francisco!!! Look out!!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    From Golden Gate Park, San Fran. Still on theme…. Statue of Friar Junipero Serra rising above the Echium and flanked by cabbage trees.
    Amazing carousel.

    And a new theme…. Dinosaurs and glasshouses?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Great stuff Nora, love the Friar & foliage.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    The end of the river. You can kind of see bits of the dam that holds it back, so the tourists get to pretend the Guishui River is in fine health. Except the cycle tourists, who follow the signs and get to the Guanting Bridge, that one in the background, and get to see our dirty little secret. We hold the river back in the county town, while the water level in the Guanting Reservoir is so low that it has lots of grass and quite tall trees, like those ones there under the bridge.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Our village, Jundushan in the distance. See the reservoir? All the maps say it's there... Just a puddle now, somewhere beyond the windfarm you can see if you look close or squint or zoom in or something.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Village temple, this one's for Guandi. Built, according to the plaque, at the end of the Qing Dynasty (but no specific year is given, so sometime before 1912), repaired in 2007, since then locked up and left to crumble. I had a peak inside and Guandi still sits there with companions and guardians at his side. My father in law saw this and reminded me there's another temple in the village, but that two other temples were torn down in about 1998.

    And the village opera stage, with a touring Bangzi troupe from Baoding.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Daying can keep its totem poles. We've got a rock.

    And an eagle.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Daying can keep its totem poles. We’ve got a rock.And an eagle.

    And what are those pyramids to the right of the village photo further up? Interesting photos and fascinating to see the wind energy so close but so insignificant. I’m looking at a wee wind generator and it’s a little annoying sound wise but I suspect higher up, it will be ok.
    We were also looking at the dam. I do like the wall of trees albeit window dressing. I guess the reservoir is a stark reminder of the importance of water and in your case (as we struggle here over water rights) who gains and looses from one side to t’other.
    As we are getting more involved with solar, we have seen a massive drop in price for panels over a very (relatively for NZ) short time. We have Chinese made panels that are affordable for many that live in remote areas. Do you have much solar in the village?
    Oh, are they panels in the Eagle photo?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    ... And then I read about the flooding in Beijing.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    The 'pyramids' are the roof over the forecourt of a closed-down petrol station. Sinopec dominates out here, and many others have tried, but failed to compete.

    The solar panels in the background of the eagle photo aren't PV, but the water heaters of our village's solar bathhouse. There's plenty of solar water heating, but PV I see is mostly small panels on road and rail lights, signs and signals.

    This tower is, I believe, going to be a solar power tower. On hazy days I've seen beams of light focussing where the top of the tower will be. Not sure if they're going to boil water to run a steam turbine or create some kind of chimney effect. You can see the tower slightly to the left of centre in the second photo - probably need to zoom in. Below and slightly to the left of the highest peak in the picture. I haven't managed to get close enough at the right angle to make out the writing on its northern side - I'm not as familiar with that part of the county, and it's not often I get free time to explore around here, but I'm going to be here a week, so maybe in the next few days I'll try for a better look.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    … And then I read about the flooding in Beijing.

    Ha, yeah. We drove up Saturday afternoon to try and beat that storm, guess what we drove straight into. Fun. Made for beautiful, clear, cool weather yesterday, though, and that's continuing, at least out here. I'm sure Beijing is smogging up much faster, though.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Really enjoy your pictures of China Chris.... Maybe a special China post would be a good idea?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Thanks. A China post would probably be the only thread on which I could stay on topic.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    special China

    tea sets

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    古崖居/Guyaju. Ancient cave homes carved into the sides of a steep, narrow gully just a few km further northwest of our village.

    The home of the chief of the Xi tribe. Or so the sign said.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    An odd ersatz North American township has sprung up at the entrance to the gully.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Sacha,

    tea sets

    for special occasions…? only for best...?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    for special occasions…? only for best…?

    No, for all the tea in china, but not just in China. I could offer up a mug so stained with Dragon Well tea I could save myself a lot of money by not bothering to buy tea leaves. Any hot water put in will come out as lift-the-roof-off-your-mouth strong Dragon Well. And that ain't even purple clay.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Great stuff Chris. Email address below if you do have a collection of 10 or so photos you think would work as a lead post. With a bit of commentary maybe.

    Capture goes international. That could work.

    Haha! I just saw the detail of that sign.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I could offer up a mug so stained with Dragon Well tea I could save myself a lot of money by not bothering to buy tea leaves

    A harsh brew - tannin overload.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Interesting photos, Chris.
    Jackson; should I still think of doing a theme on NZ cinemas sometime? Happy to do so--maybe in a couple of weeks, after teaching has settled into a rhythm. My http://cinemasofnz.info site is getting rather large.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

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