During my recent trip to Asia, I managed to extend my stay for a week to spend some time in Hong Kong and take a 48 hour blitz trip of Bangkok. On the last day, I took an amazing tour of the Khlongs or Canals of Bangkok, and saw a different side of the city. One of our stops was at the famous Wat Arun Temple, also known as the Temple of the Dawn Monastery. Named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, this Buddhist temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Hong Kong has some of the most ancient and majestic trees I’ve ever seen, located throughout the city, often in the most busiest of streets. They truly are a sight to see!

Year of the Dragon

What better way to start the ambitious year of the dragon than at the Jumbo Kingdom restaurant in Hong Kong? Decorated in the ornate style of a Chinese Imperial Palace, this iconic floating restaurant in Aberdeen recently had a multi-million dollar makeover, now it is no longer just a kitschy tourist destination but a stylish top-notch restaurant as well. We dined Al Fresco style at the swanky Top Deck restaurant; Highly recommended!

I had the privilege of visiting the exciting city of Hong Kong over the holidays, and I have to admit it is a city that never ceases to amaze me. A futuristic city with a fascinating hybrid combination of east and west, traditional and yet extremely modern at the same time. A city of contrasts, and one that is as vibrant as any I’ve ever visited. Here is a sampling of photos I took in an attempt to capture the many sides to Hong Kong.

Green-Wood – Architecture

I was quite impressed with the architecture at Green-Wood National Historic Landmark. The entrance to the cemetery has this great stone arched gateway with exotic parakeets nesting at the top.

A view of the rolling hills and winding roads of the picturesque Green-Wood Cemetery. A rare retreat in the centre of Brooklyn.

Giving Thanks

I find it appropriate on Thanksgiving to share this image I took while touring the historical Green-Wood Cemetery.  There are quite a few American heroes buried here including those that fell in the civil war as well as the more recent victims of 9/11, including a very poignant grave of three firefighters who were best friends. I have always thought of Thanksgiving as a time to remember those who have made extreme sacrifices for their country so that all of us can continue to enjoy the freedom and founding values of democracy. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

More views of the ancient trees throughout the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. I love how these trees are aging with the mausoleums and grave sites to the point were they intertwine with the Victorian architecture. Trees and architecture, my favorite subjects to shoot!

The Angel of Grief

Green-Wood Cemetery is not only known for its famous celebrity residents, but also has one of the largest statuary and mausoleums in the country. During the walking tour, we came across this Angel of Grief, also known as a Weeping Angel. I think it looks even more melancholic without its hands.

The original Angel of Grief goes back to 1884, built by the sculptor William Wetmore Story, and is located in a protestant cemetery in Rome. This specific statue was portrayed in the magazine Victorian Cemetery Art – who knew there is a magazine devoted to this topic?!

The Guardians of Green-Wood

Another photograph taken of the old, majestic trees that are everywhere in Green-Wood Cemetery. These trees remind me of old guardians, protecting the liminal realm between life and death.