Friday, 25 September 2009

Colour Week - Friday

Friday's colour is Plum

This is a photograph of a small Chedi at a temple cave just outside Kanchanaburi.

This is a picture of the Burmese mountains taken from village of Mae Sued
five miles from the border.

This is a photo of Alms bowls at a temple in Chiang Mai.


LadyFi said...

I don't know what a Chedi is (although it sounds like something out of Star Wars).. but the colour is beautiful!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Your photo's are amazing. Thailand is one place on our list to visit and God the food - I'd spend my time eating everything I saw!

Re your comment about camping up Glencoe - dear God, it must have taken you a month to warm up again!

Carol said...

LadyFi - A Chedi is the Thai word for a Stupa. Stupa comes from Sanskrit and literally means heap. A Chedi (or Stupa) is a mound like structure that contains a Buddhist relic...usually ashes of an important Monk (or member of the Thai royal family).

This one was outside a Buddhist shrine that was built inside a cave at the top of some very steep stairs!! The shrine is dedicated to women that want children (there was a woman and her unborn child killed at the site hundreds of years the story goes) and the idea is you leave a gift for the child and that will help you conceive. One half of the cave is filled with big gold Buddha's and the other half is full of toys, wardrobes full of clothes...all sort of things. It's an amazing place!!

C x

Carol said...

MOB - You managed to sneak in there!! were close...I think it was about a month and a half!! (Did I mention that it was September when we went?)

I think you would love Thailand!! If you do plan a trip let me know and I'll tell you how to get to some places that are less touristy but very very worth going to see (oh, and if you're good I might just recommend a few good restaurants too)

C x

Mark said...

There's a lot in these pictures to inspire your painting. I like to take quick low resolution copies and cut them up - rip them usually - and collage with them - then start painting on top. Sounds odd but it works in an anti-precious sort of way.

Try it and you'll see.


Ann said...

Ah, so plum is the new green!!.

Burmese mountains, great picture.

Oh don't worry MOB, Carol had 2 hotwater bottles to keep her warm, one filled with Irn- Bru, the other filled with whisky.

JJ Beattie said...

Love the top one again! Gorgeous pics.

Carol said...

Mark - Ooohhh, that's a great idea!! I used to that with pictures out of magazines but have not done it in years...would be a very good way of freeing up my painting!!

Ann - Yep, just like brown is the new black (or something!!)

I like that picture too....colours came out well on it :-)

Hahaha, noooo....both with whisky!!! (it was cold I have an excuse!!)

JJ - It was an odd little Chedi but I really liked it!! Glad your enjoying looking at the pics :-)

C x

French Fancy said...

Trying to remember 'alms for a leper' - the joke from one of the Python films.

Gorgous photos.

Carol said...

French Fancy - Hahaha, was that the one when he was complaining that Jesus had cured him and now he had no way of earning a living? (If I remember correctly I think the phrase was 'bloody do-gooder' *chortle*)

C x

jenny said...

Love that chedi-- fascinating story that goes with it, too! And oooo! The sunset! Lovely!

I wonder what you have for cornflower blue?

Amanda said...

What brilliant photos, Carol x

Debs said...

Love the photos, very atmospheric.x

Juniper said...

What beautiful photos! Love the Stupa picture, I remember seeing very similar ones while living in Nepal.
Yep- think you're right-bloody do-gooder was the phrase...

x J

Carol said...

Jenny - There are all sorts of weird stories associated with some of the more unusual temples....I loved going off the beaten track and trying to find them!! Apparently there was even one with a floating gave the nun money and she would go float in a lake (according to the guide book the Taiwaneese were particularly impressed with idea why but it did make me laugh!!) unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we never found that one!!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you post for Cornflower Blue :-)

Amanda - Thank you sweetie :-). I like them but I have a feeling I am slightly biased!!

Debs - I have to be is difficult to take a bad photo of some of the places we visited :-)

Juniper - used to live in Nepal!! I would love to visit's very high on my list of places I want to go!!

I'm loving your photo's too..your burnt sienna ones were just breathtaking!!

Hehehehe...that film never fails to make me laugh and I must have seen it about a zillion times over the years :-)

C x

HelenMHunt said...

Great photos. I love the rich plum of the Chedi and the colour of the sky in the second photo. Beautiful.

Lola said...

your photos are spectacular!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and savouring Tessa's culinary art.
I will definitely keep you in mind for future installments of You're the cook today. Your Thai kitchen knowledge is VERY INTERESTING!

Ciao and come again soon
Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino

Carol said...

Helen - I really struggled to come up with some plum photo''s a surprisingly hard colour to nail down!! I'm glad you like them :-)

Lola - Her recipe had my mouth watering!! I adore spicy food and love trying out new recipes so will definitely give it a go!!

I would love to be a guest cook sometime. I already know the dishes I would share with you :-)

Adored your blog and will definately become a regular!!

C x

Heather said...

love the top photo especially!

Carol said...

Heather - Thanks hon :-)

I've just been over to your the scrap book stuff you've been doing. I shall be back for a proper look later :-)

C x

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