Sunday, October 09, 2005

Quiet Serenity

The following are more photos of this amazing nature reserve park in Jiuzhaigou. Despite the avalanche of tourists, nature has maintained its hold in this serene place but for how long, I wonder?

Misty Morn
This is the view from my hotel room in the early hours of the morning, cold and misty, I should be snuggling under the quilt instead of snapping shots pressed against the freezing window.

Look Yonder
Despite the misty morning, look at what a beautiful day it is, cloud-covered peaks and clear blue waters stretching into the yonder! Definitely worth getting out of bed for!

Limestone Pools
Tiers of limestone pools, one above the other, stacked in random yet creating beauty amidst its curvy lines.

Pearl Shoal Lake
This is part of Pearl Shoal Lake, and as the waters flow through the rocky surface, rivulets of water skip along the surface creating the impression of little pearls jumping up from the water, hence the name above. Click for an enlarged photo and hopefully you will see the 'pearly' impression created by nature.

Pearl Shoal Waterfall
The 'pearl' rivulets eventually find their way down the Zhenzhutan Pubu (Pearl Shoal Waterfall) - whoosh, whoosh, whoosh!

Forest in the Lake
In the middle of a lake, a gnarled tree grows bent in a full bow as if paying homage to the lake that is its home.

Underwater Rockery
Bare rocks under gentle moving waters draws the eye, look too long and you might start getting dizzy!

Golden Halos
Even water puddles by the side of the hiking trail, clear blue in color surrounded by a halo of autumn-hued leaves, are like turquoise jewels waiting to be discovered.

And finally, the journey to these sights involve 28 fairly hair-raising turns up the mountain, a section of which is shown below - thin air and going round and round a mountain can only mean a headache coming on.....
Winding up the Mountain


Anonymous gwenda said...

omg cath these pictures are beautiful!!! makes me wish i could be there too

10/10/2005 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Cath, this place is so beautiful and your pictures are superb.I love those limestone pools, the blue colour is so unusual.

10/10/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

dear gwenda and boo, everytime I look at the pics, I also wish I could go back again - maybe in winter when the locals tell me the scenery turns surreal!

10/13/2005 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger babe_kl said...

gosh there are so beautiful esp those clear pools!

10/17/2005 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger slurp! said...

Hi Cath,
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

This is simply breathtaking!!!
Actually i was flip-floping if i should go vietnam or JiuZhaiGou during by short break in Oct2005. Sadly, I have to stick to Vietnam as I don't have enough vacation days for this. :(

One fine day ... I'm sure I will be there.Mid Oct probably the best time when the more foilage starts to turn yellow/red.

10/28/2005 01:12:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

welcome, slurp. Yes, go in mid Oct when the autumn colors have developed, and I'm sure your photos will be even more magnificent!

10/28/2005 09:24:00 AM  

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