Happy Mother’s Day

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Poem of Meng Jiao:”Wanderer’s Song” (regular script) 孟郊 遊子吟 (楷書), 128 x 59 cm

慈母手中線遊子身上衣。

My loving mother stretches a needle and thread in her hand.

She is making clothes for her departing son.

 

臨行密密縫,意恐遲遲歸

Stitch by stitch, she sews them very tightly,

Fearing that her son will not be back for a long time.

 

誰言寸草心,報得三春暉。

How could the grateful humble inch-tall grass

Ever repay the nurturing Spring Sun.

 

Mèng Jiāo (孟郊)(751—814) also known as Mèng Dōng Yě (孟東野) was a scholar and a poet. He was a native of Hú Hōu (湖州) (now Zhè Jiāng 浙江). Mèng suffered from lots of hardship and he did not succeed in his imperial Chin-shih examination (登進士第) until the late age of 46 and been a small official.

Little young grass grows toward the warm spring sunlight. Mother’s love is like the Spring Sun, warm and comfortable but not violently hot. Nothing can repay the love of our mothers. The 42 words poem does not contain the word ‘tears’ but it is deeply moving. It conveys strong emotions.

 

Further readings :

http://www.baike.com/wiki/%E6%85%88%E6%AF%8D%E6%89%8B%E4%B8%AD%E7%BA%BF (慈母手中线)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Jiao

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Mr Ip’s Album of Zhangjiajie Sketches 葉哲豪老師 武陵勝覽十二圖册 (張家界寫生集 )

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群峯雪霽

 

Zhangjiajie (張家界), a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan (湖南) province, is home to the famous Wulingyuan (武陵源) Scenic Area. This expansive protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m, as well as caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Wulingyuan also encompasses forests, rivers, waterfalls and two large natural land bridges, and shelters endangered plant and animal species.

Mr Ip Chit Hoo (葉哲豪老師) painted 12 scenes of Zhangjiajie in 1989 (己巳), with three paintings for each of the four seasons. Each season has its own particular colours. The dimensions of each painting is 44.5 x 30 cm, ink and watercolour on paper.

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To view all the 12 paintings in the album, please visit the webpage :

https://patricksiu.wordpress.com/mr-ips-album-of-zhangjiajie-sketches-%E8%91%89%E5%93%B2%E8%B1%AA%E8%80%81%E5%B8%AB-%E6%AD%A6%E9%99%B5%E5%8B%9D%E8%A6%BD%E5%8D%81%E4%BA%8C%E5%9C%96%E5%86%8C-%E5%BC%B5%E5%AE%B6%E7%95%8C%E5%AF%AB/

 

 

 

 

The boab tree

The boab trees are icons of the Kimberley, Western Australia. They have bizarre, twisted leafless branches during the dry season and wreathed with brilliant green during the wet season. Boab trees are unique to the northern part of Western Australia and eastern part of Northern Territory. They attract attention because of their striking and unusual shapes.

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A boab tree with bizarre, twisted leafless branches during the dry season
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A boab tree wreathed with brilliant green during the wet season

Please visit my web page on boab trees :

https://patricksiu.wordpress.com/the-boab-tree/