Mountains loom large in many people’s mind. I used to think of them being majestic, mysterious and sometimes even sacred. In my travels, sometimes, the best scenery are the ones that I miss while travelling in a car or a coach.
When there is no way you can stop and take a picture; may be because it is a single lane road with many cars behind you and /or there are no places to stop.
Perhaps, this is just like the river of life, the best view are those you see on the road. ……… life just goes on and on and cannot be stopped somewhere in between. But this does not deter me from taking pictures while the car / coach are moving, while risking the fact that objects in the forefront may look blur when the images come out.
While travelling in Yunnan, high up in a mountainous area where even taller mountains appeared before my eyes, I took several images while the coach was on the move. More than half of the images came out alright; some of them suffered from the glare reflecting from the coach window.
I like the way the clouds have come down in an almost triangular shape, hiding parts of the mountain but leaving the peaks exposed. I also like the several distinct bands of colors of the mountain, the land etc. I just couldn’t forget the lonely and dreamy house there too and the feeling that this couldn’t be China – this could just be anywhere in the world ( or out of this world)!
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This will be my best collection of clouds and mountains photos in China.
All these photos have been posted before but I am putting them together.
The Huangshan and clouds mountains are provided by my calligraphy classmate Mr. Chung Kok Fan..
Whereas the photos of Zhanzhejia are provided by my university classmate Mr. YM Chan.
They are great photographers and timing was on their side.
This collection is stunning and I expect that readers will be pleased.
This is the last photo from my classmate YM Chan on Zhanzhejia.
Of the photos I showed for this beautiful place, this is the best.
The clouds just seem floating from underneath you – so surreal!
Please enjoy :-)
I never have the luck to take such photos.
Heavy rain fell the day before the photo was taken by my classmate YM Chan.
They stayed up in the mountains for two days; woke up very early in the morning when it was still dark.
Hiked up to the vintage point where he took this brilliant photo.
To be able to take this photo is chancy, you can be up there for a dozen of times and still couldn’t get such views.
While I like the photo very much, I would hesitate to go there again as I would not like to be disappointed with the quite ordinary hazy view which I have seen again and again!
Sometime ago, I showed a series of clouds and mountains at Huangshan, China; that has attracted a big response. many readers thought they were perfect!
We have been to Zhangzhaijie, China before. It was the mountains there which inspired Avatar.
However, we have never been able to capture sunrise and the sea of clouds with the limestone columns.
All we saw was misty, and to say the truth, a bit gloomy view of the mountains.
Here is a photo provided by my university classmate Mr. YM Chan. This shows the clouds and Zhangzhejia in all its glory!
It is surreal too. Please enjoy!
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Two years ago about this time we travelled to South Korea.
It started raining when we were taking a cable car up Daedunsan.
Not far from us, we can still see the color foliage on the hill slope but we know we were heading into heavy rain as the sky was darkened further uphill.
The picture shows a big contrast in colors and mood.
The second picture was taken at West Lake about 3 years ago.
It was raining hard and you can see the ripples on the lake surface.
Further away is a Chinese style bridge – it looks amazing in the rain.
No tourist really wants rain in their trip, but chances are that there will be rain in our travels!
Many readers like the series on Huangshan, especially with the clouds partially covering the mountains. They seem floating below your feet.
The scenes look surreal, resembling Chinese paintings will tall mountains and clouds.
But still, as I have not visited Huangshan, I have to rely on photos taken by my friend Mr. Chung Kwok Fan.
Actually, you have to be there at the right time to see the sea of clouds.
All I have left is this last photo of Mr. Chung showing Huangshan with some pines floating down in the foreground.
Hope you enjoy it!