We enjoyed very much the fall foliage in South Korea last Autumn.
For most part of our trip, the weather was fine. However, the weather changed quickly when we were making our way up Daedunsan in a cable car. By the time we were up in the mountain, rain has started. We hiked for a distance up the mountain but the rain was so heavy that we have to retreat. This picture taken just before we retreated, shows the mountain and the foliage in the mist and the rain.
Several years back, we also made a trip up the mountains in Japan. It was late Autumn. When we made our way up the mountains of Tateyama- Kurobe, there were no signs of snowing.
Snow was falling when we reached almost the top. We didn’t have any thick clothes. Many of the pictures taken there appeared as black and white. However, this one taken of the rock slope do have some colors.
The last image was taken in Zhangjiajie, China.
The view of a stone column jutting up in the mist with trees on top was just spectacular!
Mist and snow always add a bit of mystery to mountains.
Climbing up the mountains of Zhangjiajie is a challenge.
When morning has broken, we were happy to have a blissful view through the gap between the canyons in Zhangjiajie, China.
We were at a lost as to how this slender tree can grow so near to the edge of the cliff and how on earth was the gap formed. Anyway, we had a peaceful feeling. . . . . . . . . .
This week’s challenge is “Fleeting“
We were hiking the eerie mountains of ZhangJiaJie in China. The mist was heavy and looked like it would stay forever.
For a fleeting moment, the mist dissipated and we have a good glimpse of the trees and the mountain behind.
However, such moments were brief. In a matter of minutes, again mist was all over us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This week’s Challenge is on “Background”. Background generally means the part of a pictorial representation that appears to be in the distance and that provides relief for the principal objects in the foreground.
My favorite picture is one taken in Okinawa’s aquarium. The principal objects are the visitors who were taking pictures or pointing towards the fishes in the aquarium. The interesting thing is that the background was changing all the time, with different types of fishes appearing on the scene.
On my next picture, the principal objects are the yellow fishes, in a background of rocks and corals in the aquarium.
In Furano, Japan, while the principal objects are the lavender flowers in the foreground, the rolling hills behind and the sky formed an interesting backdrop.
The limestone columns at Zhangjiajie, China are the main subjects but the multitude of similar limestone columns at a distance serves as an interesting background.
The trees in the foreground at Zhangjiajie, China contrast sharply with the misty background of hills behind.
The nearest hill sloping down into Three Gorges River on the right appears very distinct, however, the two vessels and hills at a distance are somewhat blur; look as if they are disappearing into the mist.
It is fascinating that the background can be as interesting as the principal objects! Good photos have backgrounds that enhance the principal objects so that taken together they form interesting images.
Mystical is the theme for this week at Where’s my backpack?
Some of the mystical scenes that I have seen were high up in the mountains of Zhang Jia Jie, China where the mist is thick.
The mist is so thick and the mountains are so strangely shaped that they look almost surreal.
Even the leaves look mystical in the heavy mist.; the silhouette is just eerie.
Some limestone columns look as if they are floating in the air. What seems more mystical is how some trees can survive at the top of these columns.
Is this mystical or just “mistical” ? . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If it is Avatar, then it must be “foreign”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .