Photos I Wish I Had Taken

Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Thierry Bornier

Photo: Thierry Bornier

Photo: Thierry Bornier

Sometimes the world’s beauty is overwhelming. I caught my breath when I saw this image last night and I just stared at it for a good long time, transfixed.

It’s one of many gorgeous landscapes from a photo-essay by photographer, Thierry Bornier, of the rice terraces in Yuanyang, China, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but this is my favorite.

To begin, the lighting is spectacular. It’s soft and dreamy and my blood pressure drops three points just looking at it. I love the curves of the terraces radiating out towards the edge of the photo, almost as if a a giant pebble had been dropped in a pool. I am struck by the vividness of the water and the softness of the orange and pinks that float through the image. I love the farmer in silhouette and how he gives the picture scale. In fact, the photo is almost too beautiful to be true but the farmer grounds the image in reality.

I wish I had taken this photo not only because it’s beautiful, but because I wish I’d been there to see it in person. And if you look at the rest of the photo-essay, you’ll understand why the terraces of Yuanyang just went on my “Must-see” list.

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