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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  1. amazing! I went to the terraces in January this year and……. couldn’t see a thing. Rare snow and fog rolled in and not only couldn’t I see a thing, but i was stranded there for three days! Definitely go, but check the weather forecast!

  2. This photo is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the colouring in it and the calm feeling I get inside. But you definitely described it well!

  3. Beautiful picture !! I’ve been in Bali and i worked in those places with people who were living there. It is a very difficult job and they make this at sunrise to sunset ! I wish you will go to a place like that because it’s something you must see in your life

  4. I have never heard of rice terraces, so it looks surreal. The colors almost make it seem like a drawing. Because of the dark sky, it is difficult to see where the light is coming from. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. This photo is intriguing as well as beautiful. The colors give it softness, the terraces are dramatic. But I think I like the farmer and his cow best. Just amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. You’re right! This image really does look too good to be true. For me, it’s almost as if the longer you gaze at the picture the more it makes you think what it would be like to see it in person and if the colours would look true to form. It’s definitely different, thought provoking, but beautiful. 🙂

  7. The pattern of the terrace really gets my attention. How it moves down and drops out of frame and is filled with a pallet of pastel colors. The vibrancy of it against the now dull greens makes this picture peaceful for me. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

      • There’re too many sites to recommend here. Perhaps get a map of China (or a complete tourist guide book), and then circle place by place in vicinity to save distant traveling. For example, go to south of China, Guangdong, Hunan provinces first, there’re lots of beautiful sites; Then maybe Jiangxi, Fujiang, Anhui Provinces, big mountains, valleys, lakes etc… It may need 10-20 trips before you have had enough, imho.

  8. What do I think of this photo? It’s insanely beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve seen pictures of the rice terraces during the day, but never at sunrise(/sunset?) like this one. I wish I had taken that as well.

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