For Wordless Wednesday with one word for Cee’s Midweek Madness: clouds has a U in it!
No sunset tonight as the clouds thickened.
We chose to go to Guilin, even knowing it was the rainy season because that was when my son and his friend had time off of work to travel. I debated about going to the famous Longji (Dragon’s back) rice terraces knowing we were unlikely to see much and it could be a total wash out. The Longji Rice Terraces are a marvel of human perseverance and farm engineering.
It wasn’t quite a wash out, but we had extremely limited visibility and got plenty wet in the time we were there. Even though we were not blessed with a view that gives an idea of the full magnitude of the terraces we did get some interesting misty views.
And we got to try some local specialties like rice cooked in bamboo at a local restaurant.
There are three location to see the terraces and we went to the one called Gu Zhuang Zhai Village. The choice was determined in large measure by the weather, which wasn’t looking promising for hiking, or even for viewing from the higher locations. The walk was less steep and safer for yours truly.
I am hoping to go back at another time of the year, possibly this fall, to check it out when the light and colors are different.
No matter how I try, I can’t seem to be systematic about publishing photos. These are from my May trip to Guilin, in China, during their rainy season. The last full day we were there we wandered around the lakes in the middle of town in the rain. We were wet through and through, but we didn’t want to waste any time in that lovely city.
Some other posts from that trip are: Rainy Season on the Li River, Which Way to the Karst?, Sun and Moon Illuminated and Illuminating, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 1, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 2, Misty Vistas.
For De Monte y Mar’s Tuesday of Texture here are some of the textures that come from rainstorms.
Predicting rain during the winter in Seattle is like shooting fish in a barrel. Here is the forecast from today’s paper:
Windy with rain at times. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half inch possible. (Note: it has already exceeded that!) Highs near 50. Tonight: breezy with showers likely.
Don’t you love how they differentiate between “windy with rain at times” and “breezy with showers likely”?
My near future looks pretty bleak: it is so dark that it could be 5:00 in the evening although it is about noon, the promised rain and wind have arrived, and in less than an hour I have to go out in it. Drive over, walk my Grandma’s dogs, then take her to a doctor’s appointment, by driving on steep slippery streets…yuck!
The picture shows one lonely outside Christmas ornament we put up between storms.
This post is a response to the Daily Post prompt: Life Line