Hana, Maui--Taken around 6:30 PM, the morning sun waits for no one. I was having trouble getting a good exposure with the morning sun rising over the ocean. I might have benefitted using a neutral density filter, essentially sunglasses for a camera lens.
Then I noticed how beautiful the sky was reflecting in this puddle.
Hubei Province, China--Blue skies in China are never taken for granted. Especial in January when coal choking air means that Lunar New Year fireworks have no noticeable effect on the air. At the end of the day, in the mountains of Shen Nong Jia, the beautiful moonrise made the whole trip worthwile.
On the way to shennongjia, the mountain road is beautiful and demands respect as it gets icier and slipper with few guard rails the higher we climb.
Farm houses like this in the remote mountain seem peaceful and perfectly serene for winter hibernation from the rest of the world.
But I am sure on closer inspection, the romance of remote mountain living gives way to some bitter realities.