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Huangshan Mountains, China

the Huangshan Mountains, a region that has inspired artists, poets, and others for centuries with its rocky outcrops, forests and sometimes mysterious misty atmosphere.

Ridgeline, Huangshan Mountains, China

the Huangshan Mountains, a region that has inspired artists and poets for centuries with its scenery and often misty weather.

Legs for brakes.

Pictured on the outskirts of Yangshuo, this young woman was maneuvering her cart, loaded high with what appear to be plastic bottles, down a fairly steep hill.

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A strange play of light. Huangshan Mountains, China

Huangshan Mountains (Yellow Mountains), China. The late afternoon provides oblique angled shafts of light pouring in through the gap in the mountains.

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China 1999 continued….woman riding tricycle

Things are changing fast in China with increasing industrialization and extraordinary economic growth, there is a growing push for people to use more and more motor vehicles.

The waterfront, Yangzi River, Fengjie, China.

passengers disembark boats on the Yangzi River at the small town of Fengjie (Fenji). Access from boats to the town was gained by walking across barges and walkways over the water before climbing up the steep stairs to the town proper.

Fengjie, China.

With a history predating 700bc, the town of Fengjie (Fenji) is now submerged beneath the waters of the Yangzi River due to the Three Gorges Dam project.

Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong

The monastery complex features a massive “big Buddha” statue, as well as numerous smaller statues such as this one, and was built in 1990. I decided on a fairly radical treatment replacing the original sky, (which was pretty ugly) with a graduated colour background.

Riverboat, River Li, China.

The river and the surrounding landscape are frequently cloaked in fog which adds to the sense of mystery and the region has inspired artists and writers for generations.

Almost line art, Pelican, Galapagos Islands.

The original shot really lacked much by way of colour saturation and so I decided to go with black and white.

Balancing Act. Blue-footed booby, Galapagos Islands

A blue-footed booby (maybe that should read ‘sure-footed booby’) tries to scratch himself whilst teetering on the edge of a cliff.

Darwin’s finches. Galapagos Islands.

In keeping with the Galapagos Islands reputation as one of nature’s great evolutionary laboratories, the finches have adapted in some interesting ways dependant on the conditions that are peculiar it specific islands.