Lumix DMC-GX7

He’s on a Horse

We took Chong Chong for horse-riding in the Shunyi District of Beijing. (The event was organized by Gymboree, which he attends on almost a weekly basis.)

This was his first time on a horse. Chong Chong was a bit skittish when I transferred him from my shoulders to the saddle, but he settled in quite fast after the horse started walking. I had one hand on his leg and the other on his back as we started out.

After a few minutes, and I asked the guide if it would be okay for Chong Chong to ride without me holding him. The guide said it would be fine as long as Chong Chong had both feet in the stirrups, and his hands on the straps. And, well, that was it… off he went riding by himself.

btw, this was the first time that Chong Chong has successfully ridden a four-legged animal (unsuccesful attempts are limited to our dog and two cats).

Beijing Chaoyang International Spring Festival

I took over a hundred pictures with my DMC-GX7 at the fair. Over the past few days, I whittled them down to 35, which I then developed using Photoshop Lightroom. (The entire album is available here.)

Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about what drives me as a photographer. Besides capturing images that interest me, I think most of my “work” falls into one or more of three categories:

  • Images of my family
  • Images that are meant to relate something to foreigners about this city I so love
  • Images that are meant for a local audience

And, with that said, here are three photographs from my birthday trek through the festival that I just like. 🙂

Beautiful two-story merry-go-round adorned with red lanterns for Spring Festival.

I’m calling this one “the brakeman”. I’ll let you figure-out why.

Shanshan, Chong Chong, and Lao Lao with piglets.

Bubble in Chaoyang Park

Well, I turned 32 (hex) yesterday. Was an absolutely great day. Started with talking with my mom (via Skype), then a red envelope from the wife’s mom, followed by an iPhone 6 from the wife. Also, had some great birthday wishes on Facebook.

After breakfast, we bundled up the gang and headed out to Chaoyang Park. Strolled around most of the morning, including a trip to the petting zoo, and then headed over to the Paulaner Bräuhaus for a great meal with fantastic beer.

I’ll post more pictures of the day tomorrow.


I took the above picture soon after we arrived at the park. I saw some folks blowing big bubbles (in an effort to sell the bubble makers), and thought it might be interesting if I could catch a reflection in one. Took a few shots in quick succession, and here’s the best.