Garden Peace

The Yuyuan Garden in Old Shanghai

I like this image, but the original just didn’t do anything. The colors are washed out — the garden is old and the colors actually are faded and worn. The images was just too “OK.” I think it makes a stronger statement in black & white.

Old Shanghai Garden

Doorways

I snapped these doorways in the Yuyuan Garden in Old Shanghai. Each one beckons the visitor into the peace of the gardens, which were established in 1559 as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, to please his father, Pan En, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. The gardens had fallen into disrepair and were almost completely destroyed by the British during the Opium Wars.