Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
You know I love doors. I am also full of curiosity. This image was made in a small port town (浪石) while rafting (it’s more like floating :-)) in Li River (漓江) near Guilin (桂林), China.
I’d attribute to everything I’ve achieved thus far to un-quenched curiosity. But, how much of it do you need to peek into someone’s door though? :p
Curiosity killed the cat? Nah…! Boredom would’ve killed it sooner. 🙂
You know how much I value the original flavors of a place when I travel, especially if it’s an ancient town like Huangyao (黄姚), Guilin in China. Add in the quietness and the rain in the morning; oh man, I’m absolutely in heaven.
I consider it a success when I’m able to make this image, when the actions are real and, AND (emphasis added), it was not ruined by my “assistente” (if you want to see what I mean by ruining my image of the original flavor, see this post about another ancient town Xitang (西塘), China :-)).
Do you like what I’ve done to bring back to you guys/gals?
Yangshuo (阳朔) in China has long been on my list to travel to. There’s an ancient saying in Chinese that the landscape in Guilin (桂林) tops the world, and that of Yangshuo (阳朔) is the best in Guilin (桂林) (i.e., “桂林山水甲天下，阳朔山水甲桂林” in Chinese). Its rolling hills, especially hidden in a thin layer of mist, is mesmerizing to me.
You know I’m not an early riser. But my behavior changes when traveling. For one, I get up early to “beat the tourists” (see here as well). And when traveling to a place like Yangshuo (阳朔), it’s worth sacrificing every bit of comfort. In this case, it means rolling out of bed and climbing up the mountain in darkness, with heavy gear, to catch the first breath of the sun. And then wait to meet His Majesty.
For a short window of time, we were rewarded with this spectacular sun rise. Don’t you love the play of light and the shades of colors?
BTW, according to the locals, we were the lucky ones – it had been raining in previous days and will rain again the next day. So to see the sun, in these dreamy clouds, is photographer’s-dream-come-true. Of course, someone once said that the mighty power up there likes good people. 🙂
P.S. It goes without saying that you can contact me if you’d like this beautiful piece of art to be decorating your living room, dining room, or bedroom. 🙂