Portraits and People
Big Cities and Little 'uns
Those lovely green hills might look soft and plush, but the fauna hides a nearly impossible-to-ascend rockiness that has the consistency of chunky black glass. I know this because I had to ascend one of those spires to get this photo, which was hard enough during the day, but during the descent in the dark of night, it was an exercise in blood loss.Southern Guangxi Province, China - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.
I now live in a small town in NZ with only 25,000 people, so I have a new delight around big cities. Being somewhat introverted, I never really feel like I fit in, and all these feelings are exacerbated in big cities. It makes me feel even more like a clueless little kid that doesn't belong in a big world. I routinely walk around with my head gaping up at all the big buildings, even though it makes me look like a bit of a country bumpkin. But then I saw this one day.
New York City, USA
It was a damp but pleasant day, after raining all morning. I was inside a tiny little cafe near Kyoto having a green tea. It was warm and smelled so nice. I drank it while I watched the rain outside and watched a few people walk by with purpose and umbrellas. I saw a tiny edge of light in the sky and thought things might change, so I somewhat reluctantly geared up with all my camera equipment and hiked over to this nearby bamboo forest. The sun came out and started melting all the morning rain into a foggy mist that fell down around and behind me.