Gate to Paradise by Nancy Richard

Located at the Summer Palace Royal Gardens northwest of Beijing, China, this doorway, was surrounded by tufa rock, a fresh water limestone formed by carbonate minerals. It was dredged from a fresh water lake to build one of the walls on the grounds of the summer palace. The grounds were a retreat for the royal families around 1750 and noted for its beautiful gardens.

The Empress dowager Cixi was known for embezzling navy funds to rebuild the grounds after a fire and attack. It was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1998.

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I am deeply concerned about environment, wildlife, and animal welfare, feeling a strong commitment to leaving the planet in better shape for new generations. Therefore, I support a number of charities that reflect those interests.

I have a degree in English and Library Science, but if I had my life to live over, I would have loved to have been a photographer, writer, and/or National Park ranger.

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  • Roddy Atkinson
    Roddy Atkinsonalmost 2 years ago

    What a cool entrance, nice capture!

  • Thanks, Roddy. Glad you like it.

    – Nancy Richard

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieealmost 2 years ago

    In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson mentioned:)
    So very beautiful, I love it…
    Take care my artist friend,

  • Thank you, Sunny. Totally appreciate the comment AND the poetry.

    – Nancy Richard

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