Steep Gorge in Xinjiang
This is a response to the DP challenge of Path.
As a traveler, I have taken many paths, some less traveled, some into unknown territory and some back into history.
This path leads me from one side of the gorge to another.
On the other side, it almost goes straight into a cavern.
The picture was taken in Yunnan, China.
The two sides of the gorge was connected by a flimsy suspension structure.
We were high up on one side of the canyon, overlooking on the other side.
This is one of the deepest canyons or gorges in the world – the Malinghe Canyon or Gorge in Yunnan, China.
Deep down under is a river flowing, near to the bottom we could see visitors walking on a path cut into the rock.
The rock face is much weathered and rugged; with a lot of weathered rock protruding beyond the canyon face.
This is one of the most interesting landscapes I have come across.
This photo has three light zones.
The brightest part is on the left hand side, showing hills yonder with their shadows.
The middle zone showing the somewhat reddish rock with their many joints as a result of weathering.
The right hand zone is dark but still shows the rugged nature of the rock face.
It also shows the silhouette of my brother and sister in law walking under the overhanging rock.
The picture was taken by my wife while travelling in the South Western part of the States.
Altogether, it makes an interesting picture!
The DP’s theme for this week is Half and Half.
Photographers talk about the rule of thirds.
Taking pictures half / half is usually not recommended.
This week, I will be sharing pictures which are half / half.
The picture was taken by my wife when she was in Bryce, as part of her trip to the South Western.
The sun was setting – the sky and the canyon were almost half / half.
We walked by the side of the Maling River, China.
The tracks are cut into the rocky canyons standing steep on both sides of the river.
Our trip took us to the canyon and we walked both banks of the river.
One of the amazing sights was seeing some of the waterfalls that cascade down to the river.
They are by no means any grander than many of the waterfalls in the world; but they are strikingly beautiful!
I will be starting a new series on the blog.
The posts will be based on a trip which my wife has just completed in the States.
In a period of 45 days, she has travelled by road from San Francisco, onward to many National Parks in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
The photos she brought back show great beauty. Although she is not a keen photographer, many of the images she has taken with my crappy compact camera and her iPhone were just too beautiful not to be shared.
Her trip, starting from SF and back to SF has covered 5,400 miles.
The trip included Mono Lake, Yosemite, Death Valley, Lake Powell, the Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Mosiac Canyon, Titus Canyon, Sante Fe, Monument Valley, the Arches , Capital Reef NP, Zion NP etc.
The trip also covered the Pacific Highway, from to LA to SF, where there were lots of beautiful scenery of the coast, the sea and the animals like elephant seals.
The only place in this trip that I have visited is SF. So, while responses from readers on the images are welcome, however, I will unlikely be able to respond to the comments.
Some of her photos contain beautiful sunsets taken in the journey. To start with, I am showing one of her sunset photos and a canyon view.
Our trip last Spring to Yunnan, China took us to the Malinghe Canyon.
We trekked up and down footpaths that are cut into the rocky sides of the canyon. In between the canyon, a river cuts across the land mass, flowing swiftly towards the sea.
Looking up from below, a highway bridge crosses over the canyon at a high altitude. The bridge is an arch bridge with vertical supports resting on the arches. It looks as if it is a high flying dragon ; visually it added to the height of the canyon.
To cross over from one side to the other, we walked across suspension footbridges. Here is a view from one end of the footbridge.
Further up the river, we saw this flimsy suspension footbridge where visitors would cross. The good thing was that the bridge was not bouncy and we did not feel any vibration when we crossed over – so this is also for the faint hearted.
Down below is an old masonry arch bridge which may have been destroyed by the torrential river currents. Bridges of such forms using masonry can only be of limited span and therefore is located at a low level where there are rock supports as foundation; but at such low levels, it could be subjected to the forceful river flows and become inundated.
Walking nearer, we have a closer view of what the bridge looks like.
This area is not just about canyon and bridges, it has many beautiful waterfalls too.
Trekking in this area, we felt the scenery was somewhat surreal and were grateful that we have a chance to visit such a place of extraordinary beauty.