Friday, February 13, 2009

SWF - 13 feb 09


This was a week of looking up at the skies, especially over the tops of Buddhist temples. Lao Buddhist temple have beautiful roof ornaments, and often they have layered roofs, in contrast to Thai temples which are usually single-roofed and lack the roof ornaments.

Day 27 moon and temple

I took the above picture when I was leaving my house to go running in the morning, just as the just-past-full moon was setting.

temple roof and bird

Another roof line. I hadn't realize that the bird was in the photo until I had downloaded them later in the day.

temple construction

I thought the above temple was interesting. The main part of the roof is just being started - yet, the ornamentation at each end is nearly complete.

People have been donating to build a lot of new buildings for temples. While I do like the old wood buildings, they are plagued by termites and rot. When people rebuild the temples, they usually build using concrete and polychrome colors. This is the start of the mural at the top of the temple in my neighborhood:

roof of temple

It will probably be depicting this scene, of the Buddha surrounded by his disciples:

detail of temple roof

The pointy shapes along the roofs are flames, which represent both purity, as well as burning away the outer layers of illusion, which is the goal of meditation. "To see things as they really are."

In spite of the blur, I liked this photo, taken on the full moon night this week:

strange moon shot

The full moon is special to Buddhists. Each of the major holidays in the Buddhist calendar are defined by the full moon - the birth, enlightenment and passing into Nirvana of the Buddha all are celebrated on the full moon days.

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, whose members post pictures of the skies around the world.


Pacey said...

Wow, they are all wonderful. I love the moon, the roof tips and the designs of the temple roofs. Thanks for sharing.

Guy D said...

Great sky shots with amazing architecture, thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!
Regina In Pictures

uncleawang said...

Wonderful photos,I love the one with the!!amazing view.
Thanks for viewing my skywatch and have a wonderful weekend.

Sally in WA said...

Beautiful shots. I love architecture and enjoyed the temple pictures, especially the first one with the moon.

Thanks for visiting.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

what a great series of shots of the temple and the construction of it and the close-ups.
like the colors against the sky.
have a wonderful weekend.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the moon shots.

Carol said...

Beautiful photos of temples...I love all the detail in the decorations...great moon shot also...

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a beautiful and enlightening set of photos. I learned some things and was so pleased to see the moon and the roofs, two beautiful concepts, together so well. My first visit to your blog.

Pam said...

Fantastic photos. I enjoy seeing the buildings. They are so different from anything we have here. Thank you for the journey;)

Keera Ann Fox said...

I love all the temple roofs and the explanations about them. I too like your blurry full moon photo - nicely other-worldly.

Babooshka said...

The architecture is amazing. Love the top shot with the moon.

magiceye said...

brilliant captures all! and very interesting info to go along!

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