Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons ( Misty )

I know Misty is not a season.

But there are times within a season when it is especially misty, due to the humidity and the temperatures.DSC_0116

We were wandering in the mountains of ZhangJiaJie, China when mist came upon us.

We were like in Avatar, with the mist surrounding and not knowing which direction to proceed.DSC_0044

It was all fun and a bit adventurous.

Hope to be in the midst of mist again in my next hike!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy ( in a Cavern)

This week’ DP photo challenge is Creepy.

Here is a picture taken inside a limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.

The series of stalactites hang from the roof, extending down to almost the water below.DSC_0208A

The reflection created is equally interesting.

Given that the picture was taken some years ago, I can only remember it was a cave we passed by on our way to Zhangjiajie in China.


Rocky Mountain – Mist and Snow

We enjoyed very much the fall foliage in South Korea last Autumn.

For most part of our trip, the weather was fine. However, the weather changed quickly when we were making our way up Daedunsan in a cable car. By the time we were up in the mountain, rain has started. We hiked for a distance up the mountain but the rain was so heavy that we have to retreat. This picture taken just before we retreated, shows the mountain and the foliage in the mist and the rain.DSCF3417

Several years back, we also made a trip up the mountains in Japan. It was late Autumn. When we made our way up the mountains of Tateyama- Kurobe, there were no signs of snowing.DSC_0114

Snow was falling when we reached almost the top. We didn’t have any thick clothes. Many of the pictures taken there appeared as black and white. However, this one taken of the rock slope do have some colors.

The last image was taken in Zhangjiajie, China.DSC_0095

The view of a stone column jutting up in the mist with trees on top was just spectacular!

Mist and snow always add a bit of mystery to mountains.

A View Through the Gap

Climbing up the mountains of Zhangjiajie is a challenge.

When morning has broken, we were happy to have a blissful view through the gap between the canyons in Zhangjiajie, China.

We were at a lost as to how this slender tree can grow so near to the edge of the cliff and how on earth was the gap formed. Anyway, we had a peaceful feeling. . . . . . . . .  .DSC_0139

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

This week’s challenge is “Fleeting

We were hiking the eerie mountains of ZhangJiaJie in China. The mist was heavy and looked like it would stay forever.DSC_0122A

For a fleeting moment, the mist dissipated and we have a good glimpse of the trees and the mountain behind.

However, such moments were brief. In a matter of minutes, again mist was all over us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

This week’s Challenge is on “Background”. Background generally means the part of a pictorial representation that appears to be in the distance and that provides relief for the principal objects in the foreground.

My favorite picture is one taken in Okinawa’s aquarium. The principal objects are the¬†visitors who were¬†taking ¬†pictures or pointing towards the fishes in the aquarium. The interesting thing is that the background was changing all the time, with different types of fishes appearing on the scene.DSC_0211

On my next picture, the principal objects are the yellow fishes, in a background of rocks and corals in the aquarium.DSC_0197

In Furano, Japan, while the principal objects are the lavender flowers in the foreground, the rolling hills behind and the sky formed an interesting backdrop.CIMG0142

The limestone columns at Zhangjiajie, China are the main subjects but the multitude of similar limestone columns at a distance serves as an interesting background.DSC_0166

The trees in the foreground at Zhangjiajie, China contrast sharply with the misty background of hills behind.DSC_0103

The nearest hill sloping down into Three Gorges River on the right appears very distinct, however, the two vessels and hills at a distance are somewhat blur;  look as if they are disappearing into the mist.DSCF6153

It is fascinating that the background can be as interesting as the principal objects! Good photos have backgrounds that enhance the principal objects so that taken together they form interesting images.