Leaving the city scenery just for a moment, let me take you back to the rice fields and karst landscape of the rural area surrounding Yangshuo. I have previously gone over the detail of our foray into this region when I posted a monochrome image from our rain soaked walk in the countryside. Now it is time for a colour version and to this day I am undecided which one I like better. The black and white gives the landscape a touch of extra drama and mystery, while this one reveals more detail and uncovers the richness of the surroundings, at least in my mind.
It was a gloomy, wet day. However, the clouds were not massive and not really that heavy. It seemed more like a thickish low layer of almost fluffy clouds was covering the valley between the peaks and sun could break through almost any time. I suspect that if one climbed onto one of the higher peaks, they would actually be able to have a view above the clouds. I remember that when a day or two later we took off from Guilin airport on the way to Shanghai, it only took a few moment to burst through the cloud cover. Because of that, there was still enough light filtering through to give rich saturation to the colours of the farmland, especially the greens and the yellow straw remaining in the fields after the harvest. I liked the water standing in the foreground as well. It added good separation between the rows of straw and reflected sky added additional interest.
Either mono or in colour, this landscape still looked utterly surreal to me. This is the area of China that we found most interesting during our trip and we would love to go back there one day.
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