Travelling Up the Yangtze River

The views you get travelling up the Yangtze River are not quite the same as floating down the same river, people told us.

I can believe in this as views can be different if you view them the other way.dscf6180

The trip was unforgettable!

I was entranced when we made our way up with the sun setting in front of us. It was surreal!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of Yangtze River 2 )

This is a sequel to my last post.

This photo is more stunning than the two I posted yesterday.dscf6215

The steep cliff overlooking the Yangtze River is just striking. The river level was raised due to the impounding of water by the Three Gorges dam.

Just imagine what it was like when the river was a lot lower!

weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of the Yangtze River )

Not sure why the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge has not been announced.

I therefore stick to the theme for last week – Edge.dscf6241

The Three Gorges situate in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River China,

Some of the best views can be seen cruising on this section of the Yangtze.

Some of Three Gorges’ view are  rated AAAAA!dscf6240

Here are a couple of photos showing typical edges of the silt laden Yangtze River.

Many of these are steep sided gorges as evidenced in my photos.

Fantastic views!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of Lake Geneva )

This week’s photo challenge is Edge.

I have always like edges to the water, whether it is sea or lake.dscf0043

Here are a few shots taken at the edge of the lake Geneve near Morges.

It is idyllic to see yachts on a calm lake, as the ones I saw that day in Morges.dscf0042

The flowers at the edges of the lake were also lovely.

I can sit there all day, just gazing to the lake, watching the water and the clouds.dscf0045

Surely, there are people like me, relaxing near to the water edge.

These are wonderful views to be enjoyed.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( for Suicide ?)

This week’s theme for Photo Challenge is Edge.

Tojinbo  is a one kilometer long stretch of rugged basalt cliffs along the Sea of Japan coast north of Fukui City.

These are the cliffs where some Japanese may jump off to kill themselves.dsc_0024

The rocky coastline has been carved out by the waves, leaving deep chasms and precipitous bluffs that tower up to 30 meters above the water below. The coarse, pillar-shaped rocks look like bundles of hexagonal and pentagonal rods and are a unique geologically formation that can be seen in several places in the world and nowhere else in Japan.

We spent half a day going up and down the area, admiring at the scenery and taking photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of the Adriatic Sea )

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Edge.

I came closest to the Adriatic sea when I traveled on Hvar Island, Croatia.dscf0610

Strolling round the edges of the island everyday was my favorite pastime.

I have never seen a sea that blue and water so clear and azure.

Gazing out to the sea gave me the serenity.dscf0472

The coastline with the local trees was so picturesque.

The weather was good with plenty of sunshine – an ideal place for a photographer.dscf0474

Here are some photos taken of the edges of the island.

Invariably, they have beautiful trees and plants complementing the beautiful coast.

A Moonless Autumn Festival Night

I always remember the bright and full moon during the night of the Mid Autumn Festival.

When it is dark, children will get their lanterns out to play. It is a fantastic sight with so many lights of different colors and shapes brought together.

Families will gather together; some prefer outdoors and enjoy their favorite seasonal food and moon cakes.

The strongest typhoon this year Meranti has just passed us by, landed several hundred kilometers north of us in China.

Meanwhle there is another typhoon which is making a ninety degree turn to hit the southern part of Japan.

The air here is stagnant and stuffy. These typhoons have messed up the weather conditions here.

The sky was full of clouds when it was just getting dark. img_2314

I know the moon is not coming out tonight and write this post on a Mid Autumn Festival night.

Nevertheless, the sky was beautiful during the golden hour when I took this picture with a smartphone.