Yellow Mountains, Hangshan, China
Sunday 13th July 2008
The Yellow Mountains have been an inspiration for Chinese artists over the ages with their iconic peaks dotted with twisted pine trees. The rain had filled the valleys with swirling mist causing the tops of the peaks to look like islands in a white sea. The views were just spectacular, and for all the pictures that I took they just couldn’t do it justice. The pine trees that cover the rock faces seem to defy nature. They grow despite there being no soil content, their roots pushing into crevices in the rock. They grow in a twisted fashion that is typical of the images conjured when thinking of mountain bonsai trees, and although they are only small they are usually hundreds of years old.