Happy New Year! I am glad to be back to my blog after a recent week-long trip to Death Valley National Park and then some enjoyable holiday activities. I will post some images from the trip soon, but today I would like to show you a rural landscape scene that I shot while traveling in China. It is fascinating to see how any available space, whether flat or mountainous, is used to cultivate rice. We hiked through some rice terraces and I became very serious about my footing after our guide told us that he had once fallen from a terrace down to the next level. Fortunately, he was rescued by some farmers and recovered from his injuries.