Hua Shan is one of the sacred mountains in China. It is located about 120km from X’ian, near the town Huajin. The mounatin is not often visited by foreign tourists and it is a real shame because trekking there is much more exciting and interesting than climbing any of other four holy mountains in China, where foreigners are the attraction themselves and it is impossible to get away from nagging locals trying to sell food, drinks or souvenirs.
Landscapes of Hua Shan are fantastic , Taoist monks especially pleasant and the air so clear that it is worthy to stay overnight on one of the peaks to observe the sunrise (if the weather conditions allow). The winter, when we visited Hua Shan, is very picturesque season, but terribly cold as well. More than three quarters of the route was covered by snow and ice to the point that it was sometimes very hard to negotiate the steep path.
What I really liked about this place was that sections of the path had locks and red ribbons attached. Apparently, couples and families put them on there and make a wish to stay together, for happiness, etc. The most of them we found on the main peak, but loads of them decorated the path and made it look particularly pretty.
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jemaflor (82098) 2014-02-02 9:20
great shot, I like this colors contrast and this good light capture, snow is well white, well managed, tfs.
danos (84301) 2014-02-02 9:23
nice the view of this section of the path that lead to the sacred mountain,Hua Shan.The red ribbons contrast perfect with the snow that is spread on the ground making the scene even more effective.Informative your note too.
THAR (3870) 2014-02-02 9:34
Très esthétique, telle une peinture...
Romano46 (16584) 2014-02-02 9:36
Non ci sono altre parole per descrivere questa foto deliziosa,
splendida nella composizione e incantevole per il soggetto.
Un luogo poco conosciuto della Cina e oltretutto in una insolita versione invernale.
Ciao e buona serata
rbassin (16901) 2014-02-02 9:37
une photo agréable à regarder, le chemin décoré est véritable invitation à la découverte; jolies couleurs sur ce manteau neigeux.
Giustiniani (3242) 2014-02-02 9:44
très belle photo. La lumière, les couleurs, le cadrage sont parfaits. Je la mets dans mes favoris.
dta (64142) 2014-02-02 10:04
hello Kamila ,
What a gorgeous winter picture ! The composition is great , with the fence leading to the stairs , and the beautiful tree . Superb effect of the vivid colors (red ribbons and golden leaves) in this snowy landscape .
jcpix (12508) 2014-02-02 10:18
There's almost nothing better for me than getting off the beaten path...even if it's literally a path! :) Loved your note, it helps to understand that this is not a traditional, tourist ridden location...which also aids in the atmosphere of this empty scene. Well, empty from humans anyway!? The tri-color scheme is outstanding here, plain and simple with a touch of soft sunlight to accent the entire image. Even under the snow cover, I can only imagine this to be a peaceful and enjoyable walk. Crisp, clean and sharp. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Enjoy the week ahead.
cornejo (29287) 2014-02-02 10:28
Hi Kamila, lovely view of this beautiful snowy trees and adorned with red ribbons road, made a very good perspective and well captured in this great and beautiful photography. A wonderful image of a lovely route, with good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-02-02 10:35
zma na kolorowo,mozna i tak,super kadr,pozdrawiam
kasianowak (5454) 2014-02-02 11:03
Piekne ujecie i doskonala kompozycja. Sciezka prowadzi wzrok wglab zdjecia i powoduje wrazenie trojwymiarowosci. Snieg, delikatne swiatlo oraz czerwone i zolte plamki tworza niepowtarzalny urok.
Silvio1953 (118187) 2014-02-02 11:18
Ciao Kamilaq, fascinating winter view, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
parvatibb (1383) 2014-02-02 11:23
What a wonderful composition! Red ribbons made a lovely decoration and addition of green leaves completes the composition perfectly. Congrats!
papagolf21 (83986) 2014-02-02 11:25
Bonsoir, chère Kamila,
Une image haute en poésie avec ce décor de rêve.
La lumière est de toute beauté.
Félicitations pour cette très belle présentation.
Très bonne soirée.
williewhistler (13111) 2014-02-02 11:29
I very much admire your exposure settings here with the red and gold colours contrasting perfectly against the brilliant white snow.
The path and steps lead nicely across the vertical corners giving the shot a fine depth,it`s a fine piece of photography.
Kind regards Les.
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-02-02 11:52
Congratulations for this picture from this special place. The whole atmosphere is fantastic. TFS!
npecanhuk (62474) 2014-02-02 11:56
What a wonderful picture!
That place itself is so beautiful and it became even more attractive with winter details!
Of course, you did a great photo job too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
federico (2177) 2014-02-02 11:56
hi kamila, I like the mood of your shot, the light is very nice also
PaulVDV (21107) 2014-02-02 12:26
Now this is a wonderful view!
Excellent in composition, sharpness, light and colours.
The red ribbons attached at the branches add an extra and vivid colour and make this picture to a real beauty.
Your note tells us more of Hua Shan but you've classified the picture under 'huayin'. Possible Huayin is a more-defined location near or on the mountain ...
In 1999 I've climbed the mountain Hua Shan. But in summertime. I didn't know this was possible in winter because sometimes the paths and the stairs carved into the rocks were quite dangerous. But the views en route were stunning.
PS: I didn't see such ribbons then.
Thanks for this beautiful winter view.
Best regards, Paul
kwekwekan (1022) 2014-02-02 15:11
It looks like this place just had its first snow fall of the season - the heavy wet pure white snow contrasts beautifully with the remaining lime green leaves of the fall, as well as the bright red ribbons that adorn the tree. Great leading line going into the staircase that is also framed very nicely by the dark overhanging branches. Congrats on a great find!
divail (8298) 2014-02-02 18:44
C'est une très belle photo. Les rubans rouges et les feuilles jaunes ajoutent de belles couleurs avec la neige. Une belle touche chinoise avec ce rouge. J'aime beaucoup.
jjcordier (74476) 2014-02-02 23:26
Très belle photo. Les taches de couleurs apportées par les feuilles et les rubans contrastent de belle façon avec le paysage enneigé.
annjackman (18453) 2014-02-02 23:48
There is a lot to enjoy about this picture. The light has made the colours of the leaves and ribbons stand out against the snowy BG. The line of the fence and steps makes a very good diagonal that draws my eye into the composition.
Very well done - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
saxo042 (37054) 2014-02-03 1:44
An interesting picture and note. The decorations in the trees add a lot of colours to this also very well composed picture.
timecapturer (46443) 2014-02-03 2:25
a fascinating and beautifully original snow scene this. Full of irresistible lines and colours and an enticing idyllic composition. An amazing mix of elements and an eye-catching insight to this wonderful place.
Have a good week - B.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-03 3:02
What a beautiful photo from China. This is truly spectacular. I am amazed to see how cultures are so similar around countries we have numerous trees in India with these bells and ribbons tied by tourists for their well being. Very interesting to see the same in China. Love the snow covered path leading to those stairs. The ribbons and the golden leaves add colour to the composition. Congratulations on a well taken image.
Thanks for sharing.
mesutilgim (81320) 2014-02-03 4:25
Hello dear Kamila,
Amazing and unusual wintery scenery perfect captured.
The red stripes on the branches of the tree adds a unique tate to your compo.
Nice framing and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Oceania (4732) 2014-02-03 6:02
Jealous! Jealous! Jealous! Ironically, you saw more places in China than I did. This picture is fantastic. The red ribbons add much needed color to the picture. It's great!
Fis2 (83138) 2014-02-03 9:13
Na miniaturce myslalem, ze to czerwone liscie ;)
Bardzo ciekawy zimowy obraz.
Te wstazki dodaja splendoru tej kompozycji.
Noel_Byrne (22092) 2014-02-03 9:23
As I look at this, I am really transported to a world of legends and fairytales. This is an exquisitely beautiful scene. The snow, the ribbons, the soft greens of the trees, all combine together into a wonderful elegant image. Fascinating place, and being without any human element to the scene is absolutely perfect. I can only begin to imagine what it must be like to walk in a place like this.
All the best
ikeharel (54087) 2014-02-03 9:27
Fantastic red strips decorating the snowy scenery over the park, Kamila.
Along with the yellow leaves it doe's give extra viviness to the whole, and fine in contrast.
Beautifully spotted and collected.
chrislo (4151) 2014-02-03 9:57
What a beautiful and enchanting view ! Feels so romantic with the garlands of locks, the red ribbons and the light green/yellowish leaves, as if someone had strewn them on the ground for lovers. I like the downward perspective and the way the locks take the viewer inside the scene. The play of light and shadow on the snow makes it a superbly atmospheric landscape. Very well done.
Cricri (102973) 2014-02-03 10:06
Quelle belle image, c'est une très jolie composition hivernale avec de belles touches de couleurs, c'est très joli a regarder
Royaldevon (27495) 2014-02-03 16:15
The hanging decorations are an eye-catching detail as they arch over the pathway and lead towards the steps.
The guide line is irresistible from the bottom l/h corner to a strong vanishing point under the snowy branches.
A most attractive and sharply exposed photograph.
My warm regards,
photoray (10935) 2014-02-03 19:07
Attractive Hua Shan winter scene with the snowy pathway enhanced by the decorated fence, colorful contrast of the red ribbons and yellow leaves against the dominant white, and background of snow covered trees.
Sonata11 (33201) 2014-02-03 21:10
sliczna kompozycja scenerii zimowej. Te czerwone wstazki oraz zolte liscie dodaja uroku oraz bardzo ozywiaja ten scene. Sliczna praca. Serdecznie pozdrawiam,
batalay (35051) 2014-02-03 22:22
Your surpassing photo is complemented by an engaging and informative note. The light, texture and depth you've captured are all beautiful, but the highlight colors created by small hanging banners.
Nicou (118038) 2014-02-04 2:26
sueprbe décor hivernal avec la belle neige fraîche et ces feuilles de couleur au sol, la branche toute rouge quelle compo et vue splendide.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (41152) 2014-02-04 6:29
It is bitter cold landscape! You're really making the most of the opportunities nicely framed with the path leads, speck of vivid colours provide an excellent contrast, and strong pointer to the composition. You did well with the exposure, and good white balance. A nicely done shot with the impact of winter. Congrats
COSTANTINO (52782) 2014-02-04 6:35
I liked your shot but I liked your useful notes
too very strange to see so many locks attached
there but you mentioned that couples and families
put them on there and make a wish to stay together
for happiness etc
this decoratio n is unique and decorated the
have a nice evening
holmertz (38579) 2014-02-04 10:18
What a lovely view. You were really lucky to come to this place and you made the most out of your photo opportunity. It's a very nicely composed photo with a good diagonal leading up to the few steps. The light is perfect and the red ribbons and yellow leaves add fantastic colours.
marina7 (8051) 2014-02-04 11:03
a very unusual combination of colors for a winter scene and that's what makes it so beautiful. The road looks a nightmare to walk on, hope you conquered it successfully:) Lovely photo.
ourania (28278) 2014-02-04 11:23
I like very much your tight, balanced composition and the perspective of the downhill path that runs through it. You've achieved excellent clarity and rendered the view comprehensive and very enjoyable for the viewer. It's wonderful how you left the source of the light out of the frame but captured its mild touch on the white landscape so precisely. The soft shadows and the light green tones are delightful. The red ribbons are shown elegantly, they stand for the human presence in a pleasing and touching way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
adramad (36261) 2014-02-04 11:49
A dreamy composition with this beautiful fully snowy landscape, lovely touch those few yellow leaves of the tree, that kind of hanging red ribbons are also the beautiful and original detail in the composition.
Very good lighting and sharpness,
Have a good night.
lousat (73853) 2014-02-04 12:40
Hi Kamila,this pic is absolutely loveable!! What a scenery under the snow,the light of sun warm up the colors in this magic road,you were lucky to be there in this moment and you caught in the best way this great opportunity! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (25396) 2014-02-04 17:51
namaste, what a nice observation and composition here. I like those snow everywhere. Love the yellow leafs on white snow and those sacred red ribbons in the branches. Excellent framing. Perfect light management. A very high quality image produced. Tfs.
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-02-04 22:40
Beautiful landscape filled with snow on the sacred mountain in China.Lovely colors and excellent sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
Graal (95974) 2014-02-04 23:21
chyba juz wszystko powiedziano o tym zdjeciu. Mnie tez sie podoba. Mimo bialej zimy kolorowo sie zrobilo tutaj. Fajne masz wspomnienia z dalekich Chin.
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-02-05 0:36
calkowita zmiana klimatu,ale musze przyznac,ze ta scena wyglada niesamowicie.
Snieg i tak mocno kontrastujace czerwone dekoracje tworza naprawde piekny kontrast i mocny uklad graficzny zdjecia.
Do tego jeszcze swiatlo pieknie "ocieplajace" ta zimowa scenerie.
brianmcc (6053) 2014-02-05 15:02
wow, this is simply stunning. the colours jump out, even in the smaller thumbnail image. the scattering of red ribbons and green leaves amongst the brilliant light is superb. you have managed this difficult light very well.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-02-05 22:13
This is gorgeous the red ribbons and yellowy green from the leaves stand out and lift the image to something else.
Wonderful, makes me all romantic, (don't let my wife hear me say that, ha ha)
Well managed and super presentation. Top marks. Tfs.
CLODO (29722) 2014-02-06 7:31
A nice winter shot mixing also the bright colors of the dead leaves and the red ribbons. we follow the path and would like to know what is at its end.
tenretin (2408) 2014-02-10 9:21
Όλες οι φωτογραφίες σας που έχει διατηρήσει την προσοχή μου στην αντίθεση ανάμεσα στο χιόνι και διακοσμήσεις. Αυτό είναι ένα καλά αποτελείται και καλά τεκμηριωμένη εικόνα.
siudzi (32825) 2014-02-22 4:27
Zgadzam się z moimi przedmówca, to jest magiczna oraz pięknie zrealizowana scena. Doskonale wypatzrona oraz skomponowana pełna fantastycznych kolorów i wyjątkowego światła. Brawo!
adores (35040) 2014-03-02 6:36
Looking at this photo I must agree with you. I have already come to the conclusion that tourists attract tourists:)! This photo is perfect, the light, the composition, the combination of colours. The handrail with the lockers is just amazing. A very beautiful place, I'm sure!
jmdias (53487) 2014-03-11 17:39
nice use of the light and the elements here. I liked the reds with the touch of the golden leaves and the snow. nice job.
ChrisJ (95080) 2014-03-25 12:34
Looks similar to Emeishan in January except here at Huashan I would be having second thoughts about trying to make the teahouse at the summit with all that ice and snow. Love the repetition of the red strips tied to the tree here. Tfs!
fritzi007 (3483) 2014-03-25 12:53
very nice color contrast, very good information, really a super!
nikkitta (13921) 2014-04-13 9:23
Delicious, magical ambience and landcape well presented with the red ribons in great contrast with the snow covered path
Interesting detail and note aboout the locks, same happens along bridges in Europe
Very well done, regards
tatadalou (5829) 2014-05-16 12:14
Lovely composition, with an excellent light on the remaining leaves and on the red ribbons, rendering great vivid warm colours in this white and cold atmosphere. Thanks for your instructive note.
bachapi (369) 2014-05-28 11:31
A so poetic road! Contrasts between snow, yellow and red shades are perfect... So beautiful Kamila!
tulipan7 (652) 2014-07-05 7:27
Perfect photo for a hot day like today...
I love how strong colors give life to this otherwise barren and snow-covered view...
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8095)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 600D
- Exposure: f/22, 1/20 seconds
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- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-02 9:15
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