The source of my inspiration is from the nature.
It could be mountains, sea, rivers, clouds, waterfalls etc.
One of my recent inspirational moments is hiking to the top of Sanqing Shan, China.
This photo was captured when hiking up on the trails near to the top of the mountain when clouds came looming over and the area was darkened.
This is what we saw when we were near the highest point of the mountain.
Actually, it was just wonderful not seeing much!
I guess it was the point we could get as closest as possible to heaven.
Sometimes, it is difficult to know the scale of things without anything to gauge or compare.
Here is a picture that I have captured on my hiking, while admiring at the buttress form of the mountain rocks and the plants and trees that have overgrown on them.
On the left upper corner, there is a trial supported on beams socketted into rocks. Hikers are walking on it.
From this, we can appreciate the scale of the mountain features!
It wasn’t the season for flowers when we were up on the mountains.
But still there were some white flowers on the mountain.
Luckily, we also saw a beautiful golden butterfly with spots resting on the flowers.
On either side, were bamboo leaves.
The hike in Shanqing Shan has brought us views of some of the strangely shaped rocks.
They are a result of weathering in the nature.
According to the locals, this one looks like a snake coming out from its habitation
The hike in Shanqing Shan has brought us views of some of the strangely shaped rocks. They are a result of weathering in the nature. These ones resemble a couple of penguins.
The mountain seems to open up in layers.
On the left, there are clear escarpments overgrown with green plants.
Similarly, opening up in a Vee- shape on the right side are further hill slopes rising up steeply.
I was awed by the steepness of the mountains and the greenness of the pines when I was high up on Sanqing Shan.
To me, there were always layers of mountains in front of me. As I proceeded, one layer of mountain gave away to the other.
On the bend of the trail, what I can see were steep mountains on either side, guarded by pine trees high up on each side.
But between them, there were layers of mountains yonder.
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We were told that there are approximately 7,000 steps if we were to do a complete loop round the SanQing Shan mountains.
7,000 steps going up and down seem to be a lot to me.
I can walked for miles on trials without steps but was a bit worried about the mentioned number of steps before the trip.
In the end, I don’t think there are as many as 7,000 steps. I was happy that I have climbed up long – unending – flights of steps which made me panting and walked down many steps with the assistance of a walking stick. This is the first time that I have resorted to the use of walking stick.
On the right hand top part of the first photo are the seemingly endless steps ( they are not that obvious from the photo.