Fairy Tale or Fiction in Guangxi, China - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Traveling in places with scenery that’s out of this world, one is guaranteed to have unusual encounters.

On our stroll to photograph the rice terrace in Longsheng, China, a boy in the middle of the road caught our attention, hunched down, dried noodles in hands.

We got down to his level and had a short but meaningful exchange:”What are you doinggg?”

Him:”I’m feeding ants.”



He recognized our subsequent amazement. And we went on with our journey. On the way, I remembered another encounter earlier in the day, when we waited for the bus to take us up here from the foot of the village.

It was a long wait by only the two of us, until a person in the outfit of a peasant (judging by the straw hat) got near and sat down next to us. As meeting locals is always what we love in travels, I was getting ready to have a fun and meaningful exchange of our respective experiences and background. When he turned around and spoke to us, I noticed his fair skin under the hat, fair for a peasant.

”There’s been great improvement to the people’s quality of life in this region”, he said.

Seemingly acknowledged his comment, I was searching for words to compliment his skin.

But, after a brief pause, off he went, leaving us befuddled about what just happened.



After this many years, that little boy popped up in my head the other day. I wonder, if his ants got big from his dried noodles.

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I'm Going with the Flow (of the Lines and Shapes) in Longji, China, Again - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Can I say that I'm constantly morphing as a creative?  As many have recognized my love of colors, I see in a different way in Longsheng (龙胜), China.  Although there is colors, I wanted my images to accentuate the amazing movements of lines in the terrace rice field.

Oh, and I went a little over-board with "going with the flow" on this location.  :-)  To me, travel is as much about the personal interactions with the locals and visitors as with making beautiful and memorable images.  Over here, as I was photographing the amazing sunset scene, my ears plucked up and heard something that allowed me to strike a conversation with a couple traveling from Germany.  And we talked until the sun completely set and my hubby/assistante thought I was swallowed by mosquitoes. :-)

When was the last time that you "went with the flow"? ;-)

P.S. Did you see my other "Going with the Flow" image made in Longji, Guangxi, China?  Click here, if you haven't.

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