Archives for the month of: June, 2014

datong xiaohar 4You must always be yourself, and do things at your own pace. Someday, you’ll catch up. ~ Natsuki Takaya

13 yubeng xiaohai 3Don’t change, extraordinary one. You’re going to light this place up. ~ Rachel Macy Stafford

A young Tibetan boy lights a firecracker to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan new year, in Yubeng village, northwest Yunnan.

dsc_0922-11The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. ~ John Milton

A young boy sits on the concrete pavement in the public square in central Xuelin. In the background, rice, millet, and other grain are spread out to dry on stiff, flat, handwoven straw mats and filled into large, plastic storage sacks for processing and handling.

Xuelin Wa Autonomous Township in Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, looks and feels as though it has stood still in time. It is a study in contrast between new and old, rich and poor, past and present, mainstream and alternative, majority and minority, and other more stark and subtle societal divisions that seemingly only years of turmoil and destruction followed by a frenetic race to modernize and develop could possibly embody. As such, Xuelin is a microcosm of the dynamics of change that envelope China.

hada wuSo the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. ~ T.S. Eliot

Shidong, Guizhou
No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had. ~ Gabriel Garciá Márquez (17/4/2014)

19e Danum valley treetops dawn
Dawn rises over the Danum Valley, one of the world’s oldest and most diverse virgin rainforests.

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald