This was one of the images of Taiwan that I had stuck in my head. I must have seen it somewhere in a magazine or online. I did not have the details – but the layered mountains haunted me ever since. I tried to get some of that effect when in Taipei – and to an extent, it worked. But it was not blue enough or ‘layered’ enough. I did not have a clue we were so close to this. My whole attention was focused towards the east and north that morning: capturing the playful clouds and the Central Range Point. What started as a fast walk up, soon became a crawl as I was stopping to get a quick shot of (yet another) display. The sun was already up when I made it to the top, still focused in the east… I only looked south when the sun burnt most of the clouds and the contrast became far too strong for a decent photo (except, of course, of some high-contrast shot). I dragged my feet towards the top just to come across THE VIEW! I was not sure whether to be happy – or annoyed. If I knew, I would have raced to the top much earlier and much faster. After a quick scrambled around to find a decent vantage point, I grabbed a few shots and decided to come back next morning. Or maybe even for the sunset… Neither was kind enough with the weather to warrant another trip though. There would have to be another trip to this amazing place.
From Pottering around Hehuanshan (合歡山)