The Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds


Every year from May to early July, the lotus flowers bloom in the ponds along Jhongsing Village’s Shengfu Road. The lotus ponds attract an abundance of visitors from around the area. It is quite common on weekends to see a cluster of photographers and their tripods taking multiple shots of a single specimen while several other enthusiasts wait behind for an opening to step forward and compose a shot or thirty.

Luckily for me, the ponds are located just off the route I take to work every morning. Recently, I was able to spend a few minutes there before clocking in. Although I’ve taken photographs here several times in previous years, I always manage to come back with something different.
As of writing this, the ponds still look spectacular, which will probably warrant a second visit before all the flowers wither away.


Previous trips to Jhongsing Village’s Lotus Ponds: 20112010 and 2008.

28 thoughts on “The Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds

  1. It’s splendid!

    The way you worked on the colors and the contrasts of these pictures is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    You should make wallpapers out of these, I know Ubuntu (the Linux Operating System) would be great with such a wallpaper 🙂

    • Thanks Janet. I’ve never visited the Kew Gardens, but have had a fascination with them since reading Jackson’s, “The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire” In it the author writes about a man named Henry Wickham who smuggled several thousands of rubber tree seeds out of the Amazon and delivered them to the Kew Gardens which were later planted around the world in England’s colonies and fueled the rubber boom of the early twentieth century.

    • I shooting with my trusty micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/4 lens. My camera settings wouldn’t do much good given it’s unlikely you would encounter the same subject in exactly the same lighting conditions that I had on that fine morning. On the post processing side of things I darkened the shadows, lightened the darks, tamed the highlights, desaturated the colors and added some vignetting.

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