Weekly Photo Challenge : Half and Half (Rocks)

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.CIMG3108

This week, I will be sharing pictures which are half / half.

Here is a picture taken in Shilin, Yunnan, showing the strangely shaped rocks.

Shilin Stone Forest – Details

One reader commented that my Shilin Stone Forest photo is as stunning as the Huangshan with clouds and mountain photo which I posted late last week.

In my view, it is not quite in the same league.

The comment, however, made me go through my archive of Shilin photos.DSCF2838

The image here has been converted to Black & White.

Guess this is more interesting because of the contrast, the details and the texture.

Please enjoy 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring ( in Shilin Stone Forest, China)


The Stone Forest (or Shilin, in Mandarin), in Kunming,  is a beautiful park with limestone formations.

Kunming is always warm and is known as the Spring city . . . .  forever there is Spring.DSCF2852

Our trip last Spring took us to the Stone Forest.DSCF2833

The tall rocks in the park seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thus creating the illusion of a forest made of stone.

Since 2007, two parts of the site, the Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village, have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the South China Karst] The site is classified as a AAAAA-Class  tourist site.DSCF2861

We were there not only to see the stalagmites but also the many peach trees with their flowers.DSCF2862

It was early Spring and there were lots of peach blossoms.DSCF2866

The view of the stalagmites, the blossoms and the lake together formed  beautiful pictures.

We were delighted to be there when there wasn’t a lot of tourists ( I have successfully kept the tourists outside my pictures!)