Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Water Lilies Galore!

A Collage of Beautiful Water Lily and Lotus Images print
A Collage of Beautiful Water Lily and Lotus Images

Ok, this will be my last lotus post for a little while. I put together this collage (it's really easy to do with Picasa) of some of my favorite lotus flower images that I have taken over the years. Go ahead and choose your favorite.

Yet Another Lotus Flower!

An Enchanting Water Lily in a Pond postcard
An Enchanting Water Lily in a Pond

A beautiful waterlily rises from the depths of a murky pond and thick mud. It's lotus petals perfume the air, as it flowers and blooms with brilliant colors of white, pink and purple, conveying a feeling of purity and beauty. In many Asian countries such as India, China, Japan and Taiwan the lotus flower or water lily is a common symbol for Buddhism. The rough idea is that the water and the mud symbolize the worldly and material life and you leave that behind to attain spiritual purity like the beautiful lotus flower.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I Just Love Water Lilies

Radiant Water Lily with Spiritual Message card
Radiant Water Lily with Spiritual Message by asiastockimages

Closely after bamboo comes my passion for lotus flowers or water lilies. They are a very popular plant in Taiwan, since they are a frequently used symbol in Buddhism. The pure beauty of the lotus stands in stark contrast with its surroundings which are often muddy ponds and so it is an illustration of how we can rise above our earthly limitations. On the back of the card shown above I added the following quote which I like a lot:
"A pristine waterlily not to be discouraged by its surroundings, rises from the depths of a murky pond. It's lotus petals perfume the air, as it flowers and blooms brilliantly, purely, divinely, despite and probably because of its origins. Becoming a spiritual person does not mean you have to leave your prior life behind, but instead you integrate, learn, remember, and respect what brought you to this point in the first place." Jacquelene Close Moore

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Just Love Bamboo!

I confess, I am a sucker for bamboo, and I don't just mean bamboo shoots on my dinner plate or in my soup, but the gracefulness and gentleness of bamboo trees. I am forever fascinated by their gentle outlines, just like generations of Chinese artists have been. In the image above I tried to imitate the Chinese watercolor style, and I added a Japanese proverb on the "soft power" of bamboo. Hope you like it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Little Church in the Mountains

The Little Church in the Mountains print
The Little Church in the Mountains by asiastockimages

Most of Taiwan's indigenous peoples, many of who live in remote mountain areas, are Christians. Pictured here is the little church in the remote village of Wutai in southern Taiwan. The church is decorated with aboriginal designs against the beautiful background of the surrounding mountains.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Amazing World of Bamboo

The Many Faces of Bamboo print
The Many Faces of Bamboo by asiastockimages
Bamboo is truly an amazing plant and grows all over Taiwan. From chopsticks to scaffolding, from bamboo steamers to baskets and building materials, not too mention the delicious bamboo shoots, there seems to be no limit to the manifold uses of this true miracle of nature. Here is a collage showing some of the uses of bamboo.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Year of the Rabbit is Approaching!

Chinese New Year Wishes! print
Chinese New Year Wishes! by asiastockimages
Large format poster printing from zazzle
Chinese New Year is the most important festival for Chinese in China, Taiwan and in the many overseas Chinese communities around the world. Since it follows the Moon Calendar its date varies every year. In 2011 it falls on February 2. Here are some New Year card designs with Chinese characters that wish you good luck, health and prosperity for the coming year.