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Old Feb 5, 2012, 8:24 PM   #1
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Yesterday found me at the Huntington Library, in Pasadena, California. It's a very interesting place - we only spent a few hours there but could easily spend days there without seeing everything. They were celebrating Chinese New Years so I went down to the Chinese Garden. Here's the doorway into the garden, thought it was appropriate for this challenge:

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Old Feb 6, 2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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MtnGal,
Circular doors (Moon Doors), bridges etc are fairly common in many east older Asian architectual designs espcially Chinese. Great snap of a good example of this type of architecture.
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Very nice. I love the splash of red in the foreground.
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I like your choice of angle for this shot -- it accentuates the curve of the wall and avoids the predictable straight-on shot of the round door. I think it's a good composition.
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Neat shot!
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Old Feb 6, 2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the compliments and the fact they are called moon doors. Didn't know that (love this board, there's always so much to learn here!). I really wanted to get more of the wall, which undulates and is really neat looking in person. However, the couple that I tried didn't work out so well, too boring with the expanse of white. I was delighted when I found this break in the wall - both from an interest point of view and also because that meant I found the way into the Chinese Garden.
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Lovely shot, mtngal!
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The Portland Chinese Garden has a portal identical to that one. There is probably some significance in the Chinese culture to that shape.
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