"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Inspiration of Taiping Lake Garden - Part I

I've had just enough time to...   revisit Taiping Lake Garden

The beauty and serenity of Taiping Lake Garden and its town has inspired many of my posts. After the last post regarding the controversy surrounding the rain trees of the garden, I decided to revisit them and invite you to visit them together with me. (Click on the link to access any of the post)

The town is reputed to have the best “popiah” in the country. But it taste different from my distant memory so I compare it against first love.

There is something very sad about empty benches and these row of empty benches under the ancient rain trees seemed so melancholy to me.

 The political scene in the country is depressing with politicians trying to determine for us what patriotism is. I wanted to tell them what patriotism is not! The photo is taken in the museum near the lake.

As much as the area surrounding the lake is beautiful, there are also quiet places that you can visit for reflection like the war cemetery. Don’t think me odd until you have taken a walk with the dead.

As I read the names and inscriptions on the tombstones, I wonder how long will a name live?  If it is carved in stone, will it live forever?

I came across a crooked bridge in the garden and was confronted with this question “If Life is a crooked bridge, can you walk straight?”

Upset by the political scene, I was inspired to write a satire. If you are Malaysian, you should be able to understand at least some of the allusion. I was looking for an image to go along with it when I thought this in front of the Taiping museum appropriate.


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    Look at the twisted branch of this century old rain tree that reached down from its great height to touch the water. That is the difference with the young trees, which branches stretches skyward. But these ancient trees are more humble. They have reached upward as far as they wanted to go and now they bow down to touch the ground. It is as if they carry the weight of the years in their branches. Moss grows on it given it a wizened look. Oh, if only I could read their mind, the tales they could tell! How can we even think of harming something as precious as this?

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    ♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥
    Hello Thou..................I am looking and reading your interesting posts....First of all compliments for the well captured places and details.....
    I have never seen a century rain tree.... but I have examined at least 5 multi-century olive trees.... and I had also imagined what they had seen during their long lives....
    Thank you for all the reflections and lessons of life ..... My goodness Dear friend I have passed some interesting moments, for which I thank you..
    Hugs my friend..... take care..... ♥♥
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    Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages
    Very much interesting shot and though. A Conversation piece indeed. Well done my friend.

  2. brdonovan
    love the way you think; really profound bits of insight.
    this is lovely.

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    Stunningly beautiful image.. wonderful reflections

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites. (
    I was just on your page and then I saw you posted these here as well:-)
    Love the reflection here so very soothing, excellent captures my friend!

    wards work

    Evelyn Campitelli
    I love the green tones, great shot.

    Heartfelt description of what you see & feel regarding this magnificent ancient tree, thou. We too carry the weight of years in our bodies as we age, some we see become as bent as this bowed branch. It must be painful. Does the tree feel pain in some form? Perhaps. Or is the water of life spread out beneath it its salvation?
    I felt sad reading of the deprivation of a childhood that didn't include simple joys that many kids take for granted. But there is an easy solution to your dilemma of believing it now too late to rectify, thou. Borrow a child. A niece, a nephew, the child of a friend, any child. Treat the child to the ride you never had. Ride the carousel with the child. Why not? One sees it all the time. Adults indulging in the pleasures of childhood under the guise that they need to be there for the child's safety and / or security. There you go *~*

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    henrhyde (gill)
    Trees .
    A reflection of the human spirit.
    I have many trees. They reach to the heavens and bow to the earth.
    Great work Thou-San .

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    Beautiful sceneery!

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    Yasmin de light -
    What a beautiful and breathtaking image of this magnificent treasure of nature that has a lot to teach and give us And such beautiful and wise thoughts from you. These trees to me are sacred and full of life supporting qualities. They are indeed very beautiful and wise and yet humble too. They are very strong and yet vulnerable too. It certainly leaves you wondering - how can people indeed, even think of harming something as precious as this?"
    BTW - thank you very much for your kind message. I have replied under it.
    Take care my friend : ))

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    Wonderful thoughts and insights. And beautiful photos!

  3. very interesting thoughts and beautiful photos


  4. Bewiahn
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    Seja meu convidado! Be my guest!

    Ruby Ferreira ®
    so so so PRETTY fame

    Beautiful reflection!!!

    Charlie Chapman 75

    Thank you for posting this wonderful photo and making me smile!
    Thank you for sharing it in "Life is Beautiful ♥" group!
    We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos!

    aaah, such old trees are wonderful!
    and the place it is growing is very beautiful!!!!!!
    and you have wonderful words to this shot!

    娜 娜☂Nana_Slowly catching up
    Beautiful Lake and reflection!
    張張都很美 ~
    願週末愉快喔! :)

    Nice POV and color, good job!

    ~Blue'z Voice
    Very pretty shot

    ♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥
    Hello dear Thou..... Thanks for your nice and kind comment..... we did enjoy the games of the doggy...water..yellow ball and the lady was so tired after a bit...LOL
    I was thinking of you today..... Going to the mountains I saw a huge huge tree.... and saw it was planted in 1374... or something like that... I will look in internet for better info and then send you the pic.....
    Hugs my friend

    Very relaxing and inspiring!!!!!!

    Cheri Sundra: Guerilla Historian
    Awesome reflection shot!

    october blue
    Wonderful trees and reflections ....great color and composition ...beautiful summer image ! Fine series as well ...thanks for sharing :-)

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    Joan-Marie E
    This Excellent
    art work was seen on
    Art for Everyone !
    Thank you for sharing !

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

    among the ruin
    I love the composition and the beautiful green. Looks very relaxing! :D

    Majestic beauty and "reflections" for our peace of mind,my dear friend Thou !!! Exceptional put up in every sense.I am leaving again and I don't have the time to comment on your wonderful images and your deep thoughts thoroughly. When back again I will,I will my good friend.At the moment I am just going to keep this reflective image deep in my mind ... All the best
    Stay well

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    The branch seems laden down with moss

  5. Very worthwhile write-up. Esp. the actual stands employed to keep the go. I wouldn't have noticed it alone. Will have to look carefully at old photos to determine this selection. D3 Gold

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