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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New Nature Photograph: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake

Nature Photography: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake by Nat Coalson

Amid the reflections of weeping willow boughs, large green lily pads and white lotus blossoms adorn the mirror surface of Lotus Lake in Black Bamboo Park (Zizhuyan Park), Haidan District, Beijing, China. Prints available in any size and on any material. Looks great as a full wall mural! Alternate versions with colour adjustments, including black-and-white, are also available. Contact us for a custom quote. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu

Landscape Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu by Nat Coalson

Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It was first built in the mid-6th century. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland

Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland by Nat Coalson

Doonagore Castle is a round tower house with a small walled enclosure located approximately 1 km from the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, western Ireland. The castle was built in the 16th century. It was restored in the 1970s and is now privately owned. The North Atlantic and Aran Islands can be seen in the distance. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.