The word Guilin inevitably transcend our mind to associate with the overflowing belt of bizarre mountains which are magically rounded at the top. These incredible limestone rock formations are actually found in the outskirt of Guilin. Yangshuo is one of the popular location to soak up the majestic sight, and provides inspiration for many poets and artists.
Some fishermen and cormorants pictures will be accompanied with this set as cormorant fishing is synonymous with Guilin.
Can you imagine the mountains are your backyard
Shops and some sort of bazaar within the mountainous area
A cool sunrise in Yangshou - The magical mountains with Li River at foreground.
Sunrise in Yangshuo - The magical mountains with Li River snaking through.
Sunset at Yangshou
Fishermen with cormorants as co-partners are a common sight along the Li River
A proud cormorant. Kidding. Description will be a misnomer. These birds can dive to great length and submerge for a long period of time to catch their prey with the hope of self consuming. But the ring encircled the bird’s neck will prevent it from swallowing, and the owner will claim the catch. The enslaved cormorant is destined to work for life for his owner. Poor thing.
A fisherman thumping the water to attract fishes for cormorant an easier catch
We have some really talented photographers here! Awesome work everyone! Thank you all for participating. That said, this is the result:
@Cavalier Jo, as always, I love your racoon shot but I know that image has won a few challenges. I really like the seal image too. The action of the seal taking a sand bath was a perfect shot for this creature! Kudos!
@slpollett Sherry, your squirrel image fits in perfectly with this theme and you did a great job of capturing his better side.
@grandmaR Rosalie, I really have to give you big Kudos for the baboon shot! I found it to be a very interesting image and enjoyed finding all the baboons in the shot. I would like to know where you were to get such a shot! Looks like maybe Africa? Anyway, thanks for showing it to us!
@pegelli Pieter, all 3 of your images are spot on for the challenge! My favorite of the three is the Deer protecting his harem. Outstanding capture!
@sarasphotos Sara, I like your frog image and the duck! Can't say which I like the best but those two stand out to me. The blurring of the duck head while the clarity of the rest of the image shows a perfect timing of a shot. While getting down and dirty with that frog is priceless! Kudos on some fun images!
@GSPeP Peter, of your 3 images, I think the crane shot up in the tree is an interesting angle. Kudos!
@DavidRGillespie David, all 3 images were great entries. I like both the fly and the otter, but I think of the two, the fly wins hands down for the technical difficulty that an image like that would be to accomplish so perfectly. Kudos!
@lkbart Lillian, all 3 images fit well into the challenge. I like your fishing crane with his dripping beak to let us know he just struck but missed his prey, but I love the gator image who is stealthily blending into his environment. Kudos on a great capture!
@StueveShots Heather (or is it Jonathan?) Lovely images, I think your blue bird stole the show for your set. He really is the blue bird of happiness as he makes me happy when I look at this image!
@mongoose330 Paul, your thieving monkey has stole my heart! The clarity of the eyes and sharpness of the fur as well as the fact it is in black and white, has all captured my heart. Very great image!! Kudos!
@jwear Jeff, It's been a while since we have seen you enter! Glad you could get in on this one. I really love your pelican flying over the water with just a wing tip skimming the water. It has always been a favorite image of yours that I enjoy seeing when you post it. Kudos and a great capture!
Honorable mentions go to @Cavalier for the Seal image, @grandmaR for the baboon image, @pegelli for the deer and harem image, @lkbart for the gator camouflage image, and @jwear for the pelican image. Kudos!
3rd Place goes to @StueveShots
I struggled between the next two images on which to choose. Both are technically spot on and both had their own set of challenges to overcome when shooting I am sure. So it came down to a flip and the results are:
2nd Place goes to @DavidRGillespie
1st Place goes to @mongoose330
Congratulations Paul! The baton is passed to you! I look forward to seeing what you can come up with on the next challenge. Congrats to runner ups David and Heather and congrats to honorable mentions!
Bike Week in Daytona Is a spectacle of gargantuan proportions. Name your poison, it's there..... as one would expect when 550,000 bikes roar in to town, toting folks looking for a great time. In the past, I've been able to escape the place after severals days, thankful to still be sound of mind and body. This time I wanted to turn the deal into an educational experience. I'll give you a peek at some of what I learned.
- Ladies......wear a short skirt and you'll never have to walk again.
- Main Street has shops that highlight the very latest in women's styles.
- There's room for all manner of taste in rides.
Stay away from this historic institution...go to church instead. In retrospect, though, it's amazing how time dulls the memory and forgives past transgressions. In all fairness, perhaps it's OK to give a place a second....or even a third, and fourth chance, you know.