These farms in Guizhou Province, China, are traditional and rural. Our private guide, who took us on hikes from village to village, told us that he played cowboys and indians among the husk stacks as a child.
In the distance are traditional rice terraces, but another ubiquitous crop is the red chili pepper, which you can see drying on porches everywhere.
Rice is grown in broad fields as well as terraces. These fields will be used for other crops, such as canola, once the rice is harvested.
Death Valley is extremely hot–one of the hottest places on earth. This valley, 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level at its deepest, is walled by heat-trapping mountain ranges. Moreover, sparse vegetation allows the California sun full access to the desert soil.
Storm clouds loom above rocky escarpments in this winding pass through the Utah wilderness. In the distance, a bit of sky is visible through a small arch that formed atop the cliff.
Waterpocket Fold, seen in the distance, is a 100 mile long, 65 million year old, warp in the earth’s crust that is partly contained in Utah’s Great Barrier Reef National Park.
Scientists believe it is possible that the same collision of continental plates that caused this fold, here seen more closely, also created the Rocky Mountains.