Longji Rice Terraces, China

Longji Rice Terraces, China

Longji means “Dragon’s backbone” in Mandarin; an apt name for the repetitive terraces which snake up and down steep ridges of the remote Longsheng region of Guangxi province, China. This shot if from one of my best and worst days of photography. After enduring a couple days of tedious travel, encountering pouring rain and zero visibility, hiking steep trails while soaking wet and cold, you are sure that the day and trip is wasted and nothing is going to look good. Then, when the mood is most bleak, the storm lifts and beautiful vistas emerge. You have to become suddenly energetic and quick to capture scenes that will only exist for a few minutes. It’s the best and the worst, together. It’s landscape photography. (Pricing Schedule C)

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