Somewhere in China, taken on December 8, 2016
Before landing in Beijing, near the border between China and Mongolia, the plane flew over majestic mountain ranges that stretched on for what seemed like forever. Such a grandiose sight and one of the reasons why I would always choose a window seat!
Isle of Skye, Scotland, taken on July 1, 2016
Skye is a photographer’s heaven and there is no shortage of good photo opportunities. The Fairy Pools are one of the most visited attractions of Skye, and while I’ll be completely honest and say I was a little underwhelmed by the actual pools themselves, the mountains that served as the backdrop were simply magnificent and awe-inspiring! (See the original photo in colour.)
Isle of Mull, Scotland, taken on June 14, 2015
On Mull, I spotted a white lighthouse almost floating in the water in a distance. I asked the bus driver what that was, and he said, “That’s Lismore.” I later found that the lighthouse was indeed Eilean Musdile on the island of Lismore, not too far from Mull. Such beautiful scenery, and the lighthouse appeared so small in the midst of the majestic mountains in the background!
Mount Rigi, Switzerland, taken on January 11, 2014
Landscapes are one of my favourite types of photos to take, and Switzerland is certainly blessed with some of the most breathtaking landscape I’ve ever seen. In fact, Switzerland was my favourite place in Europe…until I went to Iceland 😉 Mount Rigi is really a magical place, even out of this world, perhaps.
Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015
Sometimes it is so easy to forget how insignificant man is, and it only takes one hike to remind me. That hike was the one up Callander Crags, one of the most memorable hikes I’ve had so far in Scotland. As I was hiking, a Chinese song titled “Small” kept popping up in my head, but “Powered by Nature” by Secret Garden also has a few lines of lyrics that resonated with me strongly: “I’m powered by mountains, they make me feel so small, so I can seize the wonder and the greatness of it all. I know I’m not alone on this planet Earth. I know I’m a part of God’s great universe.” Such vivid imagery, made real by the rolling hills in a distance behind Loch Venachar and the looming clouds hiding the rays of the setting sun. Oh, and I managed to capture the half-light atmosphere at dusk – do I get double points for this challenge? 😉