The Mist and Foliage on HuaShan Mountain

Apart from the sea of clouds on HuaShan ( Shan means mountain), there were lots of beautiful scenery which I will share in due course.

One of the delightful  encounters was the foliage in the mist.

As a fellow blogger has just advised / reminded me, this photo is downsized from the original of around 6Mb to the present of 1.25 Mb.

The reason for the downsizing is to prevent my high resolution pictures to be “stolen” by others.

Whereas all my pictures in the previous posts were of original size, from now on, my pictures will be downsized.

This is not a red herring – as an example, my recent photo of African Flowers taken in a local flower market was lifted to a web site selling merchandise without any notification or approval. This has happened to my other pictures as well.

This is not something I want to do; downsizing require another procedure which is effort and time consuming.

Like the removal of the Reblog button, I have no options but have to do it to avoid people taking advantage.

Unfortunately, we are no longer living in a world of trust and sincerity. . . . . . . . . . . . .




How Easy or Difficult it is to Climb the Steep Staircase of the Steepest Mountain in HuaShan, China?

I needed several days of rest for my legs to recover after hiking the steepest mountain HuaShan in China.

The main problem was having to ascend or descend continuously  for many hours the steep and narrow tread width steps in the mountain.

This girl in the photo was trying to show us how easy  it is climb the steep steps.

Please note the chains on either side of the steps.

I must admit climbing the steps is much easier for this little girl in view of her smaller weight, vitality, cheerfulness and the small feet she has for negotiating the steps.

Carry on, little girl, you have shown us a good example of climbing up . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Discoveries in My Morning Hike

Woke up this morning, I was wondering whether I should be making my morning hike as there were some thunder storms during the night.

The treks will be soggy and maybe even slippery.

We have the wettest April in 60 years and I have not been able to hike for worrying that the paths are too slippery.

The sun has come out and I decided to take a chance.

Half an hour into the walk, I noticed these white flowers fallen on the trek; they are still fresh and not trampled over. They look like a painting.IMG_1861

Continuing on, I was somewhat surprised by what I saw.IMG_1863

A little red crab was blocking my way. I was quite puzzled as I have never seen them before at this hillside location.

OK, the crab maybe 20 meters away from a mountain stream. I gather these crabs are amphibious. He was looking quite angry at me with his little bright eyes.IMG_1869

Then continuing on, deeper into the forest was this tree which still has some red maple leaves at this time of the year.

All I had was a smartphone. The tree is a bit out of focus, but never mind, I know my readers will forgive me with the somewhat blur picture.IMG_1870

Then I stumbled on some fungi or mushrooms on a tree stump. I know some of them are poisonous.

Towards the end of my hike, I found another tree stump.IMG_1872

It looks rather abstract, with some fungi attaching to it.

I was thinking of the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge – Abstract – does it look abstract.

I wish I had taken a proper camera with me.

Anyway, please enjoy the pictures – as much as I have enjoyed my early morning walk.