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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jiuzhaigou Paradise

I had long heard of Jiuzhaigou, and many have extolled the scenic beauty of this famous World Heritage Site in China. The best time to visit, they say, is in autumn, so we chose to go in autumn, of course. I personally had a hankering for taking photographs of autumn scenery, after seeing all the fabulous photographs of autumn in the photoblogs. I found that I couldn't have chosen a better time, or place...

The series of mountains here at Jiuzhaigou reach a height of  4,800 metres and they form a scenic backdrop for the one hundred or so lakes there. This lake reflects the mountains beautifully.

This is part of the Five Flower Lake which is remarkable not only for its beautiful turqouise-blue colour, but also for its mystery. When all the other lakes freeze in winter, this lake remains as it is, all year round! No wonder the locals there refer to this lake as the "soul of Jiuzhaigou". It has a mystical allure that adds to its physical charm.

The virgin forests here are truly impressive in autumn!

The Pearl Shoal Station is a series of shallow rapids that glisten in the sunlight like beads of pearls.

The Pearl Shoal Waterfall, also known as Pearl Beach Waterfall, is one of the more spectacular of the waterfalls found here. I find the upper reaches of this waterfall a delight to photograph. Many people forget to look out for the beauty to be discovered here and they make a beeline for the lower part of the falls to hear the thunderous sound and see the voluminous outpouring of the falls.This view is what they miss.

Pearl Beach Waterfall

Surrounded by the delicate beauty of the lakes and the magnificence of the mountains and forests, how could we not be thankful for Nature's gift to us in this paradise called Jiuzhaigou?

For Donna's Words for Wednesday:
Pattern and Texture

there's pattern in paradise 
i declare
the mighty mountains align
in a v-shape design

there are ink-blot patterns so enchanting
i see
the mirror lakes reflect
the mighty mountains that project

patchwork patterns of interest
i observe
in the foliage of green and gold repetitious
on the canopies of lush virgin forests

there's contrast in texture too
i note
when the soft water falls 
down the hard cliff walls

the soft blend with the hard 
i discover
when the soft cottony clouds that float in the sky
blanket the tough rugged peaks as they sail by

yes, there's pattern in paradise
and the wind and the water
harmonize well together
humankind just can't compete with Nature's design

For Poetry Picnic, Haiku Heights and Sensational Haiku Wednesday:

quiet meditation
in Nature's loving embrace
dreamy obsession

Linking to:
Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Poets Rally
Watery Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday
Share The Joy Thursday
Skywatch Friday
Haiku Heights
Haiku My Heart
Poetry Picnic

Nov 20, 2011
My thanks to Poetry Picnic for this award for my submission entitled "Pattern and Texture"

award humbly acknowledged 
happy heart flaps wings 

I nominate Leo for his poem, Against All Odds


  1. Thank you for the beautiful post, Rosie. The images of the greater landscapes are superb. You cannot beat nature for all of the natural design. I really enjoyed your inspirational poetry. Thank you especially for that because it would be hard to write a better and more appropriate piece. You went above and beyond.

  2. lovely imagery,
    the nature shots are handsome and mind blowing.

  3. Awesome use of images in pictures and in your words. Bravo

  4. Hi Rosie, I remember some shots above maybe in the other blog. But they are really beautiful which can be viewed again and again. I love to have slow shutter shots of the falls, am sure they will be more awesome!

  5. Loved your pics...takes to another world full of life!

    "and the wind and the water
    harmonize well together..."

    Amazingly brought together words n emotions!

    ~Keep the Spark ALive..

  6. Stunning photographs and wonderful poetry. Another awesome post, Rosie. Thanks for sharing!

  7. So beautiful! Your first photo os stunning and all the others are just wonderful. The colours of the water and trees are amazing and I love the waterfall!

  8. Wow, I really enjoy your photos. You've captured the beauty of nature perfectly!

    Thanks for dropping by...

  9. I can see where successful meditation would become a "dreamy obsession"! Nicely done :)

  10. Your photos shows a dreamland. I'm totally stunned at their beauty! Great shots and perfect composition :)

  11. So very beautiful Rosie and somewhere else to add to my ever growing wishlist of places to visit!

  12. divine imagery,

    How are you today?

    Happy end of November!

    Appreciated your support to our poetry picnic,

    Hope to see you share today,

    A random poem or old poem will do the wonders too.

    Your talent rocks.

    Hope to see you in.


  13. Amazing pictures, makes my traveling spirit restless!

  14. A marvelous series of images... makes me want to hop a plane and fly there right away!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog... the gallery show was a 3-person show so I got a lot of nice exposure for my landscapes... no sales. Ah well!

    And yes, I'm serious about photography... so much so that my blogging has suffered lately because I'm so busy with post-processing and workshops! (You are serious about blogging... FIVE blogs... WOW!)