I guess there are many reasons why certain people would trek up or climb mountains when they could be sitting comfy in the living room watching HBO or ESPN. And among those reasons, probably one stand out above the rest is to see things you couldn't get to see anywhere else.
And if you just turn around from looking up or down the trail, and look behind you, you might get to see a much better scene than your own shadow or your tormenting mind.
This is the view of the late afternoon clouds at 3000m asl, on the Summit Trail to Laban Rata, the base camp on Kinabalu National Park. The base camp is another 300m to go and it can wait, for you to relish this quiet solitude vista.
Hey man, you are standing, among the clouds!
Maybe, if we human are not in a rush to kill ourselves in this fast lane we are driving on, this planet might lives a little bit longer and better. And...so are we.
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waskahegan (0) 2004-09-16 20:49
What else to say? excellent.
ywho79 (384) 2004-09-16 20:59
Umm... don't you ever go home Rabani? ha ha...
Anyway, really nice capture. It's a pleasant thought to know that M'sia still has such beauty as this. Great work!
gaetantgp (1310) 2004-09-16 21:14
I'm just out of breath Rabani! This is usaly the type of view I see from a plane. Thanks for sharing your trek. Well done.
Endy (1025) 2004-09-16 21:14
An another beautiful from above the clouds, Rabani! I like how the sun light is reflected on the clouds. Nice idea to keep the tree of the right side, it said us: I am perhaps above the clouds but I am always on earth.
burdallet (0) 2004-09-16 21:26
"La mer de nuages" ( the sea of clouds )
kaychambers (1198) 2004-09-16 21:36
Nicely presented image, and you have successfully represented the fantastic views one gets from the top of this hill. Well done!
shutterbug (531) 2004-09-16 21:44
WOW! Absolutely marvelous Rabani! It's like a beautiful dream...I feel like I can fly when I look at this!!! It must have been amazing to view in person...Congratulations on this beautiful capture...oh yeah and photographically speaking...It's great too, composition, exposure, all wonderful wonderful wonderful :))
venne (2759) 2004-09-16 22:02
Very good shot. It seems we are in a plane.
Well seen. Congratulations.
cwong (26) 2004-09-16 22:30
Absolutely breath taking!
Thank you for sharing it with us!
orme (7219) 2004-09-16 22:44
An incredibly beautiful shot, Rabani. Lovely shades of blue.
I agree totally with your note.
Roly (2024) 2004-09-16 23:20
Beautiful capture of a unique view. The use of the trees on the left for framing is very effective. I love poking through the clouds while climbing. Unfortunately, in the Canadian Rockies close to where I live now the peaks rarely pierce the clouds.
avis2avis (4264) 2004-09-16 23:21
This is indeed very beautiful Rabani. Excellent light, colors and mood. This planet we live on is so full of beauty. If only every one would value that and take care of it.
ldl100 (58) 2004-09-16 23:49
A surreal atmosphere is creared by your picture.
ewanshamsudin (347) 2004-09-17 0:20
Anytime anyone wants to do shots up there in the clouds, they should call you! Have you seen Puteri Gunung Ledang, the movie? This one reminds me of the beautiful shots of and from Gunung Ledang -- only yours is more breathtaking! Love this!
pamastro (7290) 2004-09-17 1:21
This is definitely a great shot to say why it would be worth the trek up a mountain. Excellent composition. The silhouette of the tree in the foreground floats above this beautifully texture field of clouds. It feels like you could walk on these clouds like a solid surface. And I like the way it seems to dip down like a cascade in a part on the right. It's very impressive. Incredible shot. Excellent job.
shihwei (238) 2004-09-17 1:57
simply awesome ! =)
enjoy reading your notes.
danielswalsh (13599) 2004-09-17 3:19
One word... "WOW!
Great shot, almost feels as though taken from a plane- but better, as there is no dirty window in the way! hahaha
Like the feeling of being ontop of the clouds. This is definately something I want to do before leaving Singapore.
dom_inik_m (1717) 2004-09-17 6:11
Makes me wish to take a step forward and walk on the clouds...
"Simply" breathtaking ! *o)
dkeus31 (27735) 2004-09-17 6:17
Thank your for picture and comment.
RGatward (20086) 2004-09-17 8:24
Just amazing! Nothing more to say. Just saw this after Richard Birket (merpb) suggested trying a shot like a Yes album. (Maybe 'Close to the Edge').
Oldtree (2457) 2004-09-17 9:58
again a fantastic over the clouds photo. We have no mountains here, so I'm bounded to experience those views in the internet in the moment. Thank you for that. It must be wonderful to just sit there and watch the scene, the silence.
Great shot, by the way.
softflower (0) 2004-09-17 14:12
Absolument MAGNIFIQUE Rabani, cette photo est superbe, FELICITATIONS, j'adore !
La vue sur les nuages est excellente, on se croirait au domaine des dieux !!
nanou (150) 2004-09-17 20:36
Excellent shot! Very nice compostition. I like the silhouette of the tree. That give a little something very interesting. Excellent job.
efimoore (2126) 2004-09-18 2:47
Nice blue tones on the sky and impressive carpet of clouds.
This is a great feeling to see such a wonderful unique view (Which I was lucky enough to experience last year on a Hawaiian mountain)
Good shot! Well done
ChrisJ (117199) 2004-09-18 3:10
Well lit & composed. I like the sea of clouds.
Auslander (353) 2004-09-30 21:38
Don't have the world to explit it. Pure magical moment !
pm22822 (0) 2004-10-15 5:28
Powerful and soothing...love those clouds! Having the trees above the clouds...nice!
cloverstar (0) 2004-10-26 16:34
I saw the thumbnail, but when I opened it ... I gasped! This is a breathtaking view. Excellent work Rabani, and congratulations on not only hiking this high, but also on your great photography skills.
I take my hat off to you.
momshu (505) 2004-10-27 21:17
This is a special image. It, you speak to the sights we see in an personal & physical way. Great notes! I suppose there could be lots of ways to post process this image. But then it would not be what you saw and felt.
Riz (0) 2004-10-28 10:54
I like the sun's touch on the horizon and the detail of that area of the frame this is a beauitful shot I must say among the angels one might say. keep up you the good work I like the way you see scenes and objects! I think the tree helps frame the picture in itself well captured!
pione (2031) 2004-11-02 5:12
Spettacolosa immagine! Questo mare di nuvole è speciale, e reso ancora più grande dagli alberi in primo piano!
billabongx (1585) 2004-11-04 5:10
Wow, great picture. It's a pity I can only give you two points
Didi (60590) 2004-11-04 20:40
Cette mer cotonneuse donne beaucoup d'impact à cette composition. C'est une vue magnifique dont je rêve de photographier un panorama similaire.
This coton sea gives much impact to this composition. It is a splendid sight of which I dream to photograph a similar panorama.
yanar (295) 2004-11-10 13:08
Great shot and well written note. Thanks!
crnaofca (15) 2004-11-30 9:57
im gonna eat some of those clouds:) and sleep on the rest of it:)
Belumpi (306) 2004-12-05 12:33
wow I love this picture. I'm really forced to look further and further away into the hazy clouds.Very relaxing :)
timotey (119) 2004-12-07 2:52
Astonishing ! A cloudy ground for our eyes pleasure ! You've rendered a great clouds texture with sky colours providing nice contrasts. And you've choosen to put in the frame a few branches playing as shadows in this beautiful composition. Really amazing !
igorb (758) 2004-12-31 3:19
Is there anuything more beautifull then Earth?
Hurazan (2) 2005-01-01 23:32
This is definitely one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my life. I would love to see that with my own eyes. Thank you for sharing this with us. Fantastic. :)
iro (165) 2005-01-09 20:27
Just INCREDIBLE ! I could never immagine that one could have this view from a mountain! I've only had similar views on airplanes. In my country (Greece) there are no such high mountais so this image is like science fiction for me! What a beautiful country you have! As picture is perfect, beautiful colours and composition.
Maru (0) 2005-01-15 13:38
the view is amazing, Rabani. the sun reflectin in the horizon is a beauty.. it feels really close to what is beyond us.
thanks for it
Aymeric (553) 2005-01-24 5:21
I really enjoy those photos over clouds, it looks like we are at the end of the world !
CrissX (1093) 2005-01-29 11:53
woow.. excelent again, first time i was thinking is something from plane.. but what a view!!
Very clear and sharp, excelent colors.
ow808wo (0) 2005-07-11 3:29
Nice subject. It looks like you did some post processing with a software, is that correct? What modifications did you apply?
maxlecointe (240) 2005-07-29 6:11
I live in Ireland, and usualy I can only admire the clouds from below. This is a nice change. Great photo. Max
goomer (0) 2005-10-19 4:29
Unbelievable! I originally thought this was taken from a plane. You have so many beautiful captures, I am in awe.
ahudgins (139) 2005-12-10 0:58
What a wonderfully unique shot!
I love your note as well. It makes me want to get up and venture out into the mountains.
Work gets in the way of everything doesnt it???
jb06 (150) 2006-01-11 11:58
Wow! Great Photo! Keep posting!
MLINES (12516) 2006-01-17 19:53
Rabani, Great scene you have captured here. The clouds look a little like the sea at the coast. Good effect.
SelimAzad (477) 2006-04-24 5:18
Always a pleasure to get back to ur album abang ... beautifully done .. superb creation .. feels like I am on a magic carpet
trevorcoulson (11) 2006-04-27 13:49
Breathe taking, just wonderful. wish i was their.
ramanvij (195) 2006-06-16 4:45
i wish to be there too. this is a very interesting composition. loved it
MikiM (1924) 2006-07-13 4:42
It is amazing! Do you know how many envy photographers you made with this nice picture? (me included)
This kind of view is the real medicine for the soul.
Thank you for sharing!!!
And thank you for your note.
muscovado (1572) 2006-08-16 23:41
Hi Rabani, need i say more or am just running out of positive adjectives and superlatives?
waidas (130) 2006-10-10 6:59
Wouw-nice image !
KellEy (1237) 2007-03-07 21:27
This is truly an incredible scene.
Your note goes with it so well, I can feel your meaning in my soul.
Well done on the rule of thrids composition.
The clouds look like a million beautiful soft waterfalls.
Blue is amongst my favorite colours.
I LOVE THIS!
b_dcj (0) 2010-02-01 0:30
hi there.. do u have Facebook?
mariasmirnova (391) 2011-02-08 7:45
Amazing... Awakes creativity!!
Thank you for sharing,
- Copyright: Rabani HMA (rabani) (9645)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photos reminiscent of album covers, From the sky /3/, Above The Clouds [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-16 20:27
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