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Spring at Descanso Gardens (Part 2) – Los Angeles Photographer

Spring is such an exciting season.  The nature has waken up from its dormant condition and everything seems to be alive, including me.Meeting nature at its best, my camera couldn’t be happier – it wouldn’t stop blinking. :-)

Check out the beautiful flower field:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

I’m sure my camera is not alone in exhilarating.  Oh, how I wish I can join this little girl:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

or be as elegant and colorful as this young lady:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

And you know I won’t give up an opportunity when there is a Japanese Garden:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

Let’s celebrate life, even if it’s the small things that are offered.

P.S. For Part 1 of the Descanso Gardens series, please click here

P.P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many ready to hang solutions to be recommended. 

Spring has come to the Chinese Garden in the Huntington Library - Los Angeles Photographer

Depending on which corner of the world we are at, winter can be a bitter and long one.  For th spoiled one like me, I still could not wait for the (mild) winter weather to give way to the next season.As some already know, spring is one of my favorite seasons (fall being the other one) for photography, I go crazy with Japanese gardens and Chinese gardens when it comes to landscape photography.

Since I've shared some images taken at Japanese Gardens of the Huntington Library and the Descanso Gardens, I thought it's only fair to share those of Chinese Garden in the Huntington Library.

So, what is your favorite?  The fresh green on the weeping willow?  The reflection of the pagoda on the surface of the lake?  The mirror reflection of the bridge?  Or the pink spring flowers?

I tell you how I felt.  At the reminiscence of the childhood memory, I felt that I was back home.

P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options. 

Let's Come Together to Help All that are Impacted by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - Los Angeles Photographer

March 11, 2011 evening, I was doing my normal online checking before bedtime (you know what I mean, you social media addicts), a post came in.  Japan was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake, followed by a Tsunami.  The next hour, I was glued to the TV screen, trying to find out every bit of what the people in the area had to deal with. It may just be me.  It feels that we have seen more than our fair share of the natural catastrophe in the last year or so.  

  • The Haiti earthquake in January 2010 that led to a death toll of 230,000 and 3 million people were affected. 
  • Weeks later, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit south-central Chile on February 27. The massive temblor changed the country's landscape by raising the ground by more than 8 feet near the coast and sinking land farther inward.  
  • The Iceland volcanic eruption in March and April 2010 disrupted air traffic across the whole of Northern Europe, thus stranding many passengers and the aviation losses amounted to around millions of dollars due to the cancellation of the flights. 
  • Just as we thought we've had enough earthquakes in a year, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I have to admit that when these disasters happen in another part of the world, I get shocked at the news, follow it and talk about it for a while, then go back to my "normal" life.  When the same area in Japan was hit again with a magnitude 7 earthquake and a Tsunami scare on April 7, it occurred to me that (1) things will take a long while before they go back to "normal" for those that are impacted by this disaster and for some, things will never be back to normal; (2) we all have a chance to face the aftermath of losing the comfort of home and/or our loved ones to a natural disaster.

We don't plan for these disasters and I hope that no one ever will have the need to.  But when a catastrophe struck, a small token of gesture, such as a warm hand, may make a world of difference to them.  Look at beforeand after images that Stack Jones put together.  What a peaceful and happy life people were leading not long before this devastating day.

I can never bring their houses back.  I can never bring their husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers or pets back.  And I can never bring their lost memories in the photo albums or toys from childhood back.  But I can do small things, small things that when acted upon by many of us, can be meaningful to those that, maybe one day, we will know exactly how much pain they feel when we are in their shoes.

I have donated two pieces of my photographic work to an online auction put together by Artists for Japan.  They are listed below for your convenience.  Click on the image to go directly to the bidding page.  

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang Title: Serenity in the Japanese Garden (1) Medium: Color print on Kodak Endura professional photo paper; lustre coating applied for UV protection (watermark will not be in the final product; frame not included) Size: 6" X 18"  Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $30.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.) Retail: $100

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang Title: Spring in the Japanese Garden  Medium: Color print on Giclée Canvas; satin laminate applied for protection and easy cleaning (watermark will not be in the final product;  frame not included) Size: 8" X 12"  Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $50.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.) Retail: $160

Bidding ends on May 2 (see Facebook page of Artists for Japan for details).  All proceeds from the bidding will go to Red Cross in their relief efforts for the Japan earthquake/Tsunami disaster.  

Just remember, in a helpless situation, a warm hand can mean a world of difference.  Let's gather to do something meaningful.  As I always said, "together, we are stronger".