“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner.”
Roy Chapman Andrews
For this week’s challenge I am reaching into my archives for some favorite corners in China. It was an amazing journey that resulted in some wonderful memories. I remember distinctly feeling that around every corner there was a marvelous surprise just waiting to be captured.
“The great thing about life is that you never know what’s around the corner.”
One of the interesting things about the Chinese is the effort they put into their decorative rooftops. Two of my favorites are the opening dragon capture and the beautiful tea house just above. Can you imagine they remain this beautiful after centuries of abuse by the elements?
“Around the corner from every ugly thing there’s something really beautiful.”
Of course the ultimate example of endurance through the ages, (and quite a few corners I might add!) is China’s Great Wall. It was one of my lifelong dreams to visit the wall and I am happy to report that it met and exceeded even my wildest expectations. For more of my Great Wall photos click here.
“The secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner.”
Of course the delightful surprises of China’s corners went far beyond their structures. For example, who would expect a group of sheep to come marching around the corner while strolling the streets and alleys of China’s naturally-glorious Shangri-La?!
“A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament.”
Or just as interestingly, a simple corner when infused with light and reflections, might become a work of art if we are open to seeing it.
“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
The message for the week, captured in my final example above, is to see the world through the eyes of a child – always expecting and therefore seeing wonders around every corner.