Tuesday, July 31, 2012

From Discovery Bay to the Trappist Haven Monastery (Photo-essay)

One Sunday last summer I forgot to bring my camera along on a hike. Upon discovering that I didn't have my camera with me that day, I tried to console myself by noting that the sky and air was not super clear, so I wouldn't have been able to take great scenic shots. Also, that this would help hurry my photo-essay schedule along -- what with my getting to skip one hike's worth of photos!

At the same time though, I told myself to make sure that I had my camera in my backpack on future hike days.  And after viewing once again the photos I was able to take while venturing from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo (along a trail that went by the Trappist Haven Monastery) with my hiking companion one beautiful Sunday afternoon, I am indeed happy that I had my camera with me on that particular day... ;b

 The trail my hiking companion and I went on that 
beautiful but hot and humid afternoon hugged the 
coastline for a while, including near Nim Shue Wan

 Shortly after the trail started going uphill, 
we found ourselves in big spider territory :O

 Looking back to where we began our hike and 
seeing how far we had gone (even while also knowing
we still had far to go before the hike's end)

Another big spider -- this one with food 
it had wrapped up

Stations of the Cross markers -- as well as large 
spiders and their webs -- dot the way up to the 
Trappist Haven Monastery that lies close to this path

 On the approach to the monastery, one passes by
this archway bearing the Latin words Pax Intrantibus (which 
translates into English as "Peace to those who enter")

If you choose to pass under that archway, you will
 find yourself in an outdoor area physically 
dominated by this Chinese-style Virgin Mary shrine

 A sign found in the area provides testimony of the  


To be continued...

2 comments:

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

Can't wait to read more. Really like your photos of the different shrines.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Oh yay, a comment on a hike-related blog post! Nice to know that at least one person out there is enjoying my Hong Kong hiking photo-essays. :)