inside thoughts on China and beyond

Portfolio – Land of the 4 Seasons

I’ve always appreciated seasons. All seasons. Each season has its own particular beauty and drama. And just when you start getting bored with one, the other is knocking on your door or banging on the windows. Chengdu doesn’t really have this; it’s either hot or cold, with only a few transition days in between. But as soon as you reach the Tibetan mountains, the Crowded House song ‘Four season in one day‘ comes true. Because of the large altiude differences it is possible to leave a sweaty hot Sichuan Plateau and risk freezing toes in the mountains. Here are some impressions of these majestic and at times mysterious seasons. Although I have to admit: not all taken in one day.

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autumn

Camping on a autumn covered alpine in the Tibetan mountains…

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Jiudingshan

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“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

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Tagong Grasslands

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Tagong’s temple with the Gonga Shan, Sichuan’s highest mountain, in the background.

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winter

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Jiudingshan

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Jiudingshan

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus

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Emeishan

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Emeishan

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 Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in lifes relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.  – Soren Kierkegaard

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Tagong grassland in the mist.

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Jiuding Shan

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spring

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Hongyuan, the quiet highway S209.

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Grazing Yak in the Hongyuan grasslands.

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“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

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Hongyuan Grasslands, just before it springs back to life.

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summer

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Litang

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Yak on the move, Litang

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Teahorse Trail, Yunnan

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Litang

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

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Sichuan

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Xiangcheng

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Although I understand his meaning, I strongly disagree with Anton Chekhov when he says: “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy”. I rather think we cannot but notice it: happiness helps us to see, distinguish and appreciate genuine beauty of each season, just as, I dare say, the reverse is true.

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More photo impressions on this topic can be viewed on my photo site.

One response

  1. luminaetumbrae

    Beautiful pictures ! 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

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