Cangshan and Erhai (Mount Cang and Lake Er)

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According to local myth, Mount Cang was formed from a green dragon (cang means dark green in Chinese). Angry with her insubordination, the Heavenly Emperor of the East condemned her down to earth, forming the long winding Mount Cang, her ribs the 19 peaks, and the blood streams the 18 creeks flowing between the peaks into Lake Er.

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In Lake Er lived a ferocious black dragon. He always stirred up devastating waves, destroying the boats, injuring the fishermen. Seeing this, the Heavenly Queen of the West threw down a gigantic gold basin with a heavy gold chain attached. The gold chain tangled on the neck of the black dragon, and dragged him deep down to the bottom of the lake, so that he cannot harm the people anymore. The gold basin became the bright moon in the lake.

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However when the two dragons miss each other, their Qi will disturb the air, forming tens of kilometers of clouds along Mount Cang, and there will be heavy wind running along Lake Er. The locals call the clouds “Husband-Missing Cloud”, and one should avoid going on the lake when there is such clouds.

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Sep, 2013, Dali, Yunnan, China

Shot with a Canon 6D + Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD / Canon 5DIII + Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L  IS II USM

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Modern Pilgrims

I don’t know how much Buddhist value was brought away with the antique architectures and original scripts that were burnt to ground in the 1972 fire, however this 3000m high “Holy Patio” rising abruptly from the low plain of “Land of Heaven” has become more accessible than ever to modern day pilgrims, who can pay a casual visit in fashion and with ease.

A group of Taiwanese pilgrims paying respect to the giant statue of  bodhisattva Samantabhadra, the latter said to have enlightened here. — I didn’t know monks and worldly tourists can from a travel group.

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A gust of cold wind wrapped with chilling cloud attacking unprepared pilgrims dressed in summer fashion.

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A senior pilgrim pays visit to the Holy Patio with ease.

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At least, the mountains are lush as ever…

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…and the indigenous “people of the mountain” are taken good care of, judging by their size.

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25 Aug, Mount Emei, China

Shot with a Canon 6D + Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Two thousand years of legacy

Had they ever thought, the father and son of Li, the legacy they left behind, have tamed the roaring monster into the fountain of life, that nourished the dry plain of Chengdu, created the Land of Heaven, supported their people  more than two thousand years to come?

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They are worshiped as Kings, and their wisdom still admired by the side of the calm flow that was bestowed on their countless generations of descendants.

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What’s your legacy?

24 Aug, at Dujiangyan, China.

Shot with a Canon 6D + Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Best portrait models

They look good from every angle.

They are as natural as they can be in front of camera.

Everybody loves them!

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Shot with a Canon 6D + Canon EF 24-70 mm 2.8L II USM

 

Here’s a nice video on how to photograph kids. Is a good one for posing for adults too!

Bystander

A person who is present at an event without participating in it.

In human society, we call them journalists, scientists, philosopher, or..Buddha.

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Zurich zoo. When a bottle of little bugs were delivered to the hungry frogs, there was one just watching the others fight.

Shot with a Canon 400D + Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS USM