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Qinghai Lake, Bird Island

Bird Island with Qinghai Lake in the Background

Bird Island with Qinghai Lake in the Background

It was a classic example of trying to see too much - I so wish I could have that time in the van back for time walking on the Plateau - even if that would mean not seeing other things other days. Never again will I choose to spend significant time and money to look at Godʼs creation out of the window of some gas powered vehicle. These places need to be seen on foot or on the back of a bike or animal!

Qinghai Lake: Bluffs and Beach

Qinghai Lake: Bluffs and Beach

Anyway, about 2 PM or so we finally made it to Bird Island Provincial (maybe national?) Park. The gate fee was a little steep - 100 RMB per person but it was nice to see them using the money to put in wooden walking areas instead of cement ones. The picture to the right is where the birds are. We were there in July, which is the low season. Apparently millions of birds congregate here in the spring, which would be a site to see (and probably smell). The lake and sky behind are just beautiful, this picture hardly gives it justice. There werenʼt too many tourists there, but I would guess that when the birds are there it gets pretty busy. The road coming in was full of tourists in cars and tour buses.

Our group was an interesting one, with a mix of 3 nationalities and 3 different mother tongues - none of which was Chinese. Four of us lived and worked in Beijing. After months of only seeing the grey drab of a polluted city, the greens of this hill and the blue of the lake are medicine for eyes deprived of seeing natural beauty.

One thing I try to find is a panorama without any human development - no roads, fences, power lines, buildings, etc. This might sound funny but I really have to work to find such a place and when I do it is nice to capture a picture of it. I guess those kind of places are going to become harder and harder to find.

While we were on the island a storm came up, and the lack of mountains or trees made for some great shots of it. At the high point of the Island were some poles with prayer flags. Made me think of a quote by GK Chesterton:
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“The glory of heaven deepened and darkened around the sublime vulgarity of man.”

G. K. Chesterton

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This quote is just as appropriate for the picture of the clouds and power lines taken on the way back.

Storm and Prayer Flags

Storm and Prayer Flags

Sublime Vulgarity

Sublime Vulgarity

 

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