Another view at around 6am from the beach looking out towards the mysterious limestone peaks in Halong Bay. There are said to be almost 2,000 separate islands in this area.
The workshop shows a far wider view of this area. A wonderful place to experience.
Wikitravel mentions the following notes.
Ha Long" is literally translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons." Prior to the 19th century, this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Ha Long Bay appear on a French Marine Map. The Hai Phong News, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the Avalanse reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known.
The sea territories of Hai Phong are part of north-eastern water area of Gulf of Tonkin. The sea bed compositions and oceanographic characteristics of Hai Phong are closely connected to the common characteristics of Gulf of Tonkin and Eastern Sea.
The depth of Hai Phong sea is not large. A depth curve of 2m goes around Do Son Cape and then descends down to 5m far from the coast. At the sea bed where the rivers flow into the sea, the depth is greater due to erosion caused by currents. Further offshore, the level of sea bed descends to the depth of the Gulf of Tonkin of about 30 - 40m. The surface of Hai Phong sea bed is formed by fine components with many deep underwater canals which were used to be river beds and are currently used as daily navigation channels for vessels.
The length of sea coast of Hai Phong is 125 km including the length of coast surrounding the offshore islands. The coast has a form of a concave curve as the common sea side of the Gulf of Tonkin. It is low and quite flat with the structure created mainly by muddy sand coming from the 5 major estuaries. At the center of the coast, Do Son cape stretches out into the sea like a peninsula. This cape is also the end of the range of mountains of Devonian sandstone running from the mainland. The highest point is 125m, and it stretched out 5km into the sea in the direction of North West - South East. This advantage of natural structure has given Do Son a status of an important strategic location in the sea and also a famous spot for its beauty. At the foot of the sandstone hills there are beaches making this place a romantic resort and a valuable convalescent area. In the offshore territory of Hai Phong there are many islands which are distributed over the sea with Cat Ba Island as the largest and Bach Long Vi Island as the furthest.
Sea, coast and islands have created special natural landscapes to this coastal city. It is also a special potential advantage of the economy of Hai Phong.
Source: HaiPhong City site
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cayden (2183) 2009-03-08 23:54
Wonderfull formation of mountains and you present it wonderfully at the right time.
achakladar (786) 2009-03-09 0:15
Lovely compo....and so serene.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-03-09 0:21
Hi Murray. Up at 6 while on holiday. You must be a keen photographer!! Mind you, you have captured a wonderful light and colours. Well composed and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
ChrisJ (101192) 2009-03-09 0:50
A specatacular view of Halong Bay & well framed & composed. The boat adds depth & graphism. Tfs!
gildasjan (41854) 2009-03-09 0:58
Très bon cadrage du bateau dans ce décor de rêve et ses couleurs venues d'ailleurs.Très belle ambiance avec ce ciel et cette dominante bleue.
jasmis (57902) 2009-03-09 1:09
Sentimental view for me. I visited this lovely place in 1988... Superb mood of adventure and mystery.
smarcell (19963) 2009-03-09 1:24
Beuatiful blue light for this very famous place.
A nice atmosphere
triptych2003 (1534) 2009-03-09 1:32
i love the hues and the layers here. the rocks/cliffs in the distance really appeal to me. this is definitely a place i'd like to visit at least once in my lifetime. this image cements that. thank you
pierrefonds (58486) 2009-03-09 4:41
The principle of the thirds has been applied, the sea, the rock formations and the sky. The point of view is sending our eyes toward the rock formations in the background which is giving depth to the photo. The early morning light is coming out slowly and is trying to illuminate the area. Have a nice day.
ktanska (25245) 2009-03-09 6:19
Early morning light looks great on this famous island landscape. Delicate colours. That ship is well placed. I wonder if it gets more busy at the daytime.
PaulVDV (23181) 2009-03-09 11:18
Under a beautiful morning sky we find so many wonderful blue and green tones. A landscape like in a dream.
Best regards, Paul
jaywalker (16101) 2009-03-10 14:12
Hi Murray, A fabulous picture with the beautiful fading light & the magnificent mountains creating a stunning backdrop, I love the position of the boat & the great blue tone, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-03-10 14:14
beautifull colors on the Halong Bay. I like the shadows of the hill and the perfect composition with the boat.
zeca (19762) 2009-03-11 21:29
Beautiful view, Murray! I like the softness of your capture, with that wonderful rocks on the background. Really beautiful one!
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-03-11 23:52
The background is simply wonderful because of the different layers of light and colours. From what you are showing it appears that the early morning is the best time to capture the special mood of this famous place. I love it. Well done.
berek (40707) 2009-04-20 20:07
what a interesting place my friend. I love mystic background and calm atmosphere here. well framed picture. thanks for note.
leo61 (0) 2011-02-21 11:19
A good shot of Halong Bay,well composed with this loely tourist boat at a good position.love the blue/greenish tones here and the relaxed atmosphere.Years ago in Hanoi I cancelled my trip to this famous spot,because of heavy rain.......but maybe some day.......
- Copyright: Murray Lines (MLINES) (12516)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, sigma 18-200 f3,5-5.6
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 23:51