TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- American photographer Sherry A. Thompson captured this spectacular photo of Gongbei Temple (拱北殿) in New Taipei City's Xizhi District on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
Thompson, 32, who was born and raised in Taiwan and works as a freelance artist and designer, said her inspiration for the photo was the sky's red lighting and the lanterns that lit up minutes before she took the picture. She said she tried to frame the statue with the garden, to give the whole picture a grand, traditional and soft warm appearance.
This century-old Buddhist temple, also known as Hianggong Temple, combines elements of both Japanese and Chines architecture. In addition to the temple, there are nearby paths which are particularly scenic when the leaves turn color in autumn.
Gongbei Temple. (Photo by Sherry A. Thompson)