Halong Bay is a magical place, dotted everywhere with beautiful landforms like these. There is little in the way of usable land, or even beaches, on these islands, so some fishermen there live with their families in floating villages, where the children spend their time rowing around, rather than running around. They occasionally go on shore, perhaps to visit a shrine like the one visible here.
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Cormac (26565) 2005-05-16 11:55
Another great one Ken. I really like the shapes of these hills, and the way that you captured the receding shapes there. The building on top of the hill and the boat in the lower left are the perfect accents to add visual interest and context to this scene. Halong Bay must be a very special place, and your beautiful photos have sparked my interest in this area. Well done!
Coyotyto (1305) 2005-05-16 12:27
hello Ken !
This is a really nice one !! I like the silhouettes, but, most of all, this strong diagonal with the boat down the hill, and the construction on the top (temple ?).
At first, I didn't notice the second boat, almost non necessary here. Have you tried a more squared format ? I guess it could even give more power to that line.
Dayvit78 (35) 2005-05-17 16:37
Ken! I want to thank you for your advice in my other photo.
And I truly think this is a beautiful photo. You caught a triangle of light extending up the left side of the mountain.
The temple at top and the boats at the bottom both add an interesting weight to the photo. The three types of mountains also are visually pleasing.
Such a magical photo.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-05-21 15:11
Hi Ken - the silhouettes look very impressive here, and so rare to see Halong bay in something other than hazy overcast. My excursion passed right by this island, I so wanted to climb to the top, but we stopped in some cave instead.
petimat (154) 2006-04-21 5:27
Very nice view of one of the greatest and the most magic places in the world. I've been dreaming of visiting it since I first saw it (I think, in film 'Indochina'). And I'm sure someday I will. But by this time, I must be content with looking at the pictures...