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The Earth and The Sky

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Images of Sichuan: The Earth and The Sky

I made this exposure on the drive from Litang to Yajiang. It is one of my favorites because it represents one of the things that I see in my mind’s eye when I think about our trip: gorgeous sometimes-gentle sometimes-severe hills, pristine blue skies (occasionally with a tint of green), and the ever-present billowing clouds that cast the most pleasing patterns of shadow and light on the landscape.

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November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

The Road to Litang

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In the high country, prayer flags regularly adorn the landscape. Amidst the beauty and solitude, it is not hard to imagine the whistling winds carrying devotees’ unspoken hopes, desires and aspirations to the heavens.
Tibetan Prayer Flags, Litang, Sichuan Province, China.


Heading North on the Tibetan Plateau, the landscape quickly changed from the lush greenery of Yunnan to the arid, rocky terrain of the Sichuanese high country. I shot this late in the day. With the sunlight filtered by the billowing clouds, the landscape was painted in a harsh, dramatic light.
Landscape on the Tibetan Plateau, Sichuan, China.


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October 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Yunnan to Sichuan

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I shot this at Daxue Shan (Great Snow Mountain, 大雪山) on our drive from Shangri-la (香格里拉) aka Zhongdian (中甸) to Chatreng/Xiangcheng (乡城).
Daxue Shan, Yunnan.

Much of the drive was on rugged, unpaved roads along gorgeous mountain ridges and over breathtaking mountain passes. By this point in the trip, we were routinely above 4000 metres. With the neighboring peaks and billowing weather all at eye level, it felt like we were traveling on top of the world. Truly amazing landscape. Probably the most beautiful of our trip. I shall return with more time on my hands.
Xiao Xue Shan Pass, Yunnan

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October 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

Images of Shangrila

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We were out in the late afternoon, driving around on the high-country grassland when our lead vehicle pulled to a quick stop. The plain before us was bathed in beautiful muted glow and in the distance, a storm front was coming This is down from the hills.We were out in the late afternoon, driving around on the high-country grassland when our lead vehicle pulled to a quick stop. The plain before us was bathed in beautiful muted glow and in the distance, a storm front was coming down from the hills.
Storm Front and Shangrila Grasslands

The square in old town Shangri-la. We were there right between the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day/Golden Week. It was thus pretty quiet.
The Square in Old Shangrila

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October 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

On the Road to Shangri-La

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Yi Boy in Traditional Tibetan Coat

While on the road to Shangri-la (formerly called Zhongdian), we came across this young Yi boy, dressed in a traditional embroidered Tibetan coat with fur trim.

Magical Shangrila Landscape

Mist-shrouded peaks, deep, fertile valleys and rich, earthy hillsides. Could this be the place that James Hilton found his Shangri-La?

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October 15, 2010 at 1:48 am

Star Light, Star Bright

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We left town at ~10:30. I-90 seemed unusually busy, even past Issaquah. Made our way to Rattlesnake Lake (exit 32, ~4 miles S). Seemed like a great idea until we got to the lake. It was packed! Cars parked on both sides of the street for 1/2, maybe 3/4 mile. So we went further, to Hyak on Snoqualmie Pass. Found an open area with a decent Northeastern view and even here, we were far from alone. Must have been 10-12 other vehicles, with about twice as many driving through during the 1-1/2 hours we were there.

The meteor show was not as spectacular as predicted – we saw about 15. However there were 2 that were truly wonderul. Large and bright with nice long tails, it was not hard to imagine the intense crackling-burning as they hurled through the atmosphere. The glow from one even lit up some close low-lying clouds.

But the highlight of the night was surely the sky itself. With no moon in sight, the celestial superstars had come out to play. I found the white glittering band that bisected the sky – the Milky Way – the most spectacular. Duane, who does a fair amount of backcountry camping, said that he has not seen such an amazing show in years.

We were blessed last night.

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

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The View from Sunrise

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Y’s parents are spending the summer in Seattle. Yesterday, we made a trip up the mountain. It was a gorgeous day.

Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, U.S.A.

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July 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm


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By this time tomorrow, you will be almost half a world away.
I cannot bear to think of the days that we will be apart; they are too many.
And yet I count them, each one of them, for when they are gone, we will be together again.

Photo taken somewhere over Taiwan, ROC.

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April 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

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