Quintessentially Southern

I really enjoy the scenery in the American South. Before our trip, I researched oak trees and Spanish mosses. The entry to Wormsloe Historic Site outside Savannah, Georgia, has that classic view. We also visited the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. There are many plantations in the Charleston area with similar views, I presume. The old architecture in the remainder of the photographs are from North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Wendy Ng Photography: Georgia &emdash; Oak Lined

Wendy Ng Photography: South Carolina &emdash; Old Oak

Wendy Ng Photography: North Carolina &emdash; The Grand Mansion

Wendy Ng Photography: Virginia &emdash; On the Farm

Wendy Ng Photography: West Virginia &emdash; Front Door

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La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia has been in the making since 1882 — that’s over 130 years ago! — and it’s still incomplete. It was originally designed by Antoni Gaudí and is the largest Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain. As of now, the anticipated completion date is 2026, which is the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death.

La Sagrada Família

Above the Front Door

Great Heights

Tall Ceiling

Curved Edges

Staining Column

The Skulls

On the surface, Kuná Hora is just another quiet Czech town, but when you look through the guidebooks for something to see here, you will inevitably find out about the Sedlec Ossuary, or the Bone Church.  Its claim to fame is the human skeletons arranged to decorate the room.  It was a burial site for the riches back in the late 1200’s and early 1300’s, but during The Plague (mid 14th century) and Hussite Wars (early 15th century), it became a mass grave.  All the bones (some 40-70,000) were put together in their current order back in the late 1800’s.

All Bones

Armor of Bones

Untitled

Day 322/365: All Skulls and Bones

London

London was the first European city my husband and I went to together. (He was just my boyfriend at the time!) Quite honestly, our first impression of it wasn’t the greatest. We arrived jetlagged, only to find ourselves sharing this city with millions others who were out on the Thames that day. It happened to be a sunny spring day, which is apparently a pretty rare thing.

We decided to skip the long lines at the London Eye and just admire this tall Ferris wheel from the ground.  The red capsule really stood out among the white ones!

I had seen many photos of the British Museum and I knew I wanted to take a picture of its geometric glass ceiling from the start.  I brought my wide angle lens on the trip mostly for this very reason, though I wound up finding great use for it, as you can see in the other two photos.

Wendy Ng Photography: Cityscape &emdash; The Little Red Capsule

Wendy Ng Photography: Cityscape &emdash; The View Above

Wendy Ng Photography: Cityscape &emdash; Postcard Stand

Wendy Ng Photography: Cityscape &emdash; London’s Chinatown

Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is located in the middle of Portland, right in the old Chinatown. It brings the Ming Dynasty gardens of Suzhou, China, right to the Pacific Northwest. There are multiple gardens and courtyards, which are connected by bridges and surrounds a pond with lotus leaves and flowers. This garden really transforms you back into history, and represents a wonderful juxtaposition of old China and modern America.

Wendy Ng Photography: Still Life &emdash; DSC_1764

Wendy Ng Photography: Still Life &emdash; DSC_1786

Four Walls

When I travel to cities, I become a geek for architectural details. This is true for both interior and exterior.  Sometimes, I feel that it’s kind of tough getting a unique perspective of architecture, though, because everyone else with a camera has, had, and will take very similar photos.  One of my favorite tricks is just to point the camera straight up (or almost straight up) and see what I can get.

These two photos below are two of my favorites.  You may have seen them before.  The first is Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and the second is La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Wendy Ng Photography: Architecture &emdash; Rear of Sainte-Chapelle

Wendy Ng Photography: Architecture &emdash; Stained Glass and Columns

Urban Decay

It’s no secret that I love photographing landscape and nature. I’m also interested in cityscape and architecture, and specifically urban decay. There’s just something about peeling paint and crumbling walls that really draw me in. I also love processing them in monotone, which really conveys a sense of mood.

The three posted below are my personal favorites. The first was taken in Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison in Dublin, Ireland. The second is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA; it once housed the famous Al Capon. Lastly, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany during World War II, located just outside of Munich.

Wendy Ng Photography: Architecture &emdash; Stairs in Decay

Wendy Ng Photography: Architecture &emdash; Dark Places

Wendy Ng Photography: Still Life &emdash; Sink