New Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest

Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest by Nat Coalson

In this fine art nature photograph, bamboo stalks stand in stark silhouette against a shallow pond covered in bright green lily pads and water plants.

I made this image in Zizhuyuan Park (or Black Bamboo Park, formerly known as Purple Bamboo Park) in the heart of the Haidan District of Beijing, China.

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New Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo

Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo by Nat Coalson

I made this scenic travel photograph at sunset in the village of Ronda, province of Malaga, Spain, during a two-week private photo tour with a client.

People have lived in the area around Ronda since prehistoric times. The town itself was founded by early Celts in the 6th century BC. The current town is of Roman origin and in the 2nd century BC received the title of city from Julius Caesar. Many centuries later, Ronda was conquered by the Islamic Berbers and served as the capital of a small kingdom. Islamic domination of Ronda came to an end in 1485 when the city was conquered by the Marquis of Cádiz.

Ronda was heavily affected by the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway is believed to have modeled a story in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ after events that occurred in Ronda.

The Puente Nuevo (‘New Bridge’) is one of three bridges that span El Tajo gorge, the deep canyon dividing the town. Building the bridge started in 1751 and was completed in 1793. It towers 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor. The chamber beneath the central arch has been used for a variety of purposes, including a prison. During the 1936-1939 civil war both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the gorge.

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New Travel Photograph: The City Comes to Life

Travel Photograph of Barcelona, Spain: The City Comes to Life by Nat Coalson

I made this photograph of the Plaza de España, in Barcelona, Spain, from the roof of a nearby building.

The Plaza de España was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and is one of Barcelona’s busiest and most important squares.

In the foreground, the lights of cars passing in a roundabout create dynamic streaks of colour. In the center of the traffic circle are a fountain and statues.

In the background of the photo, the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina can be seen leading to one of Catalonia’s finest museums, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The streaks of eight spotlights create a corona effect in the deep blue sky.

The Avinguda also leads to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which can be seen as a pink glow in front of the building in the upper left. On summer evenings, crowds gather at the fountain to watch the display choreographed to classical music.

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New Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel photograph depicts a bronze statue of a male Chinese guardian lion outside the Hall of Mental Cultivation in the Imperial Palace (aka Forbidden City), Beijing, China. The hall was built in 1537 during the Ming Dynasty.

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Since the Han Dynasty (around 200 BC) statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy. They were believed to have powerful mystic protective benefits and are typically presented in pairs: a male resting his paw on a ball (which represents supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub on its back (representing nurture; not shown).

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