Kite-scapes

Like firework at New Year, kites are key in art & culture of ancient & contempory China. Meanwhile this hovering artwork found its way far beyond the borders of the Middle Kingdom. Pictures below from the beach festival in Nieuwpoort after New Year 2011 show their ability to turn blue skies into surreal mindscapes. My wife Shanshan appears as a cherry on the cake.

   

      

    


While we were at it, we went to watch the "nieuwjaarsduik" (new year's Winter dive) in Ostend. More public then swimmers for obvious reasons. The heavy sea warranted maximum security measures from the coast guard, including the Seaking helicopter from the military base of Koksijde.