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.
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 Capital 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.
This railroad trestle over the Connecticut River in Vermont is just a stone’s throw away from the location of my previous post. The tranquility of the afternoon with only a slight breeze stirring the water makes it hard to imagine a train rumbling through.
Clouds roll by and a slight breeze ripples the water. Otherwise, all is quiet along this stretch of the Connecticut River as it makes its way down through Vermont. In a while a train will rumble through, breaking the silence; but soon it will be gone, its whistle barely audible in the distance.
As the season changes, from the shore of Togue Pond in Maine you can see a dappling of sunlight among marsh grasses and a slight turning of leaves in the distant woods.
This coastal gorge along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, is named after the English clipper ship Loch Ard that sank nearby in 1878. Of the 54 people aboard the clipper, only two nineteen-year-olds survived. Both of them floated in through the narrow opening in the distance.
To the right of the gorge opening and protected from the sea by its high walls, is this quiet cove with its waters lapping gently against the rock face and spilling silently onto shore.