It appears to be recently planted corn that is growing on this steep hillside. There are actually six people working on the mountainside field pictured here. In this made-to-post, low-res jpeg, they show up as little more than fuzzy specs. Above the left side of the house and a bit above the bottom of the stand of trees that extends towards the middle of the photo, there is a tiny red speck. That is the shirt of a farmer working in the field.
Many of the fields I saw during my trip through the mountainous north of Vietnam were not the lush green one commonly sees in photos of mountain farming in Vietnam. Some fields had crops growing, but many had been recently harvested or were fallow, waiting for the planting of rice and other summer crops.
This was taken from an overlook on a rugged mountain road running along Vietnam’s border with China, probably in Cao Bằng province.
The mountainous north of Vietnam is a land of spectacular, almost magical, scenery. Now back home, I am just beginning to look through a pile of images from the 10 day trip through those mountains. More to come.
Nine years ago today in 2011, I found myself driving through an October snow shower on US 50 in the California Sierras, en route from San Francisco to Denver. Nine years ago! Time does fly.
Kebler Pass is traversed by a mosly unpaved gravel road that runs westward from Crested Butte, Colorado, to Colorado State Highway 133, some 33 miles away. The trip is an easy one – the curves are gentle and the slopes are not steep. I got started driving up the pass at around 8 in the morning on another crystal clear Colorado day. The peak in the distance is Mt. Axtell.
Looking west and slightly north from the summit of Slumgullion Pass, this image shows Umcompahgre Peak in the distance. The 14,320 ft (4365 m) peak in the center of the photo is one of Colorado’s tallest mountains. It was after 5 in the afternoon when this photo was taken and, while the sun is not directly in my face, I am close enough to facing it that I could not get any details of the mountains in the distance. They become pale silhouettes washed out by the sunlight.
In the lower left of the image, you can see Colorado 149 as it descends from the pass, winding its way to Lake City. By the time I got to that point along the road, the sun was close to dipping below the mountains to the west. Not being especially interested in driving a winding mountain road in the dark, I cut short any stops to catch images at dusk and hurried to the end of highway 149 where it meets US Highway 50 not far from Gunnison, Colorado.