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photoblog image Huang Long Scenic Area.

Huang Long Scenic Area.

Huang Long Scenic Area.

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  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 01:19
What on earth is the yellow stuff in the foreground? It looks like a chemical spill, but the mountains above it are very beautiful.
Aussie: The yellow stuff is the mineral rocks that make the water so blue in the lakes and water falls. Unusual to see them without water flowing over them.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2008, 01:25
Very nice, but I think Martin has a point - I would crop the yellow rocks.
Aussie: Hi Brian thanks for the comment which are always welcome.
I can see the point made and I have a cropped version but to me it just looked like any snowy mountain shot. The yellow rocks are the mineral rocks that give the water it's unusual blue colours. Very unusual to see the rocks without water flowing over them.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 01:53
At first I thought this was a very muddy river running in the foreground, Aussie. Or USED to be, but is experiencing global warming and is all dried up. Exactly, pray tell! It makes a very strange juxtaposition with the background.
Aussie: It is the mineral rocks that usually have water flowing over them. In a way you could be right about the warming because my chinese friend had never heard of or seen them without water. She actaully wondered if this gave some sort of sign of the impending earthquake as this was shot 10 days prior.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2008, 03:25
Aussie very interesting photo.I suppose you are in a river bed if that is a bridge near the trees
Aussie: Jerry was very surprised to see the mineral rocks without water flowing over them. This was the area that should have had hundreds of small ponds with different hues of blue/green water, but was almost dry.
I'm not a chemist, but yellow rocks = blue waterwink Another educational shotsmile
Aussie: They contain various amounts of calcium carbonate, they look really strange close up as they sparkle in the sunlight. This was actually one of my biggest disapointments on the trip as I had seen pics of these layers upon layers of small ponds all in different hues of blue. Except for one or two there was only ice or no water at all.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 16 Jun 2008, 09:40
That is another terrific photograph, Aussie. I would be interested if there was more to the lower part ie including more water in the foreground.
Aussie: Thanks Chad, this area is in one of the highest part of China and as a result altitude is a problem. It is quite a steep climb and we were there for approximately 5-6 hours. Our guide (from Chengdu) got sick long before we got to here. The rock formations start near the bottom and continue right the way up with all these little ponds inbetween. Without water to me it looked like what I imagine a lunar surface would look like.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Jun 2008, 12:13
A very interesting picture and with the yellow rocks in front - I gather it is solidified sediment on them and even looks like flowing water. No crop for me, although it is obvious from the comments that the yellow detracts from the snowy peaks - now it depends on your aim with the picture.

I would rate it as excellent overall.
Aussie: Thank you Louis, because these rocks started at the bottom of the climb and continued to the top forming an important part of the landscape it just didn't seem right not to include them.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jun 2008, 13:18
This is one of a terrific picture, love the view and I saw your replies, so I know what it is.
Stunning, just stunning.
Aussie: Thank you Astrid, glad you like it.
Stunning shot Aussie. The colours contrast is fabulous!
Aussie: Thank you kindly Richard.
Breathtaking was my instant reaction Aussie.... can't think of a better word!
  • alex
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 14:47
wonderful shot, i think, and i'm very glad you didn't crop out the mineral deposits in the foreground. they make a great addition to, as you put it, "any snowy mountain shot." i'm of the belief that if nature put it there, don't crop it out!
Aussie: Thank you Alex
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 16 Jun 2008, 16:55
hmmmm might crop a wee bit but feel the rocks give the scene depth and what a scene it is Aussie, breath taking and a superb capture of itsmile
  • 16 Jun 2008, 17:39
Breath taking!

Personally, I love the mineral rocks as a contrast to the mountains.

One of my very favourite photographs in recent months. Fabulous
That's some spectacular scenery! Nice one.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 21:35
Stunning scened!!!! I had the same question..wondering what it is. Thanks for your explanation.
  • Porcsin
  • Hungary
  • 17 Jun 2008, 09:52
Wild nature.
Nice shot!
Another great view!
Aussie: Many thanks for your comments Jose Angel
stunning contrast between mountains, forest and foreground rocks. it makes unusual and impressive landscape, i like it a lot

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