Springtime in Dali!


After a long, cold winter, there really is nothing quite like the explosion of vivid cherry blossoms and the beautiful scenery that unfolds here each spring.

Please enjoy these photos – gathered over the last couple of weeks from our University, our neighborhood, and Dali’s Old Town. No explanation required!
  
  
  
  
  
  
 Copyright © Kevin Beaty, YUNEV and “Feet on the Ground…”, 2016. All rights reserved.

Spring has Sprung!

Cherry blossoms on Dali University campus

#1 – Cherry blossoms on Dali University campus

Wow, the beauty of spring in Dali is just spectacular!  These photos were all taken within the last week and they speak for themselves…enjoy!

Unidentified blossom on shrubs in our front courtyard.

#2 – Unidentified blossoms on shrubs in our front courtyard.

BTW, all of these photos are untouched (raw files “as shot”, with no enhancements)…except one.  Can you guess which photo is enhanced?!

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#3 – Daisies blooming in our neighborhood.

There is a poll at the end of this blog – be sure to vote on which photo you think is enhanced!

Cherry trees on Dali University campus with Art College and mountains in the background.

#4 – Cherry trees on Dali University campus with Art College and mountains in the background.

Close-up of cherry blossom on University campus.

#5 – Close-up of cherry blossoms on Dali University campus.

Cherry tree on Dali University campus.

#6 – Cherry tree on Dali University campus.

#7 – One of many Dali University streets lined with cherry trees.

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#8 – Close-up of cherry blossoms near stream just outside our apartment.

Mountains above our neighborhood still holding some late-season snow.

#9 – Mountains above our neighborhood still holding some late-season (early spring) snow.

Students and tourists can't resist taking photos with Cherry blossoms!

#10 – Students and tourists can’t resist taking photos with Cherry blossoms!

"Flames" of Cherry blossoms on Dali University campus.

#11 – “Flames” of Cherry blossoms on Dali University campus.

More cherry trees!

#12 – More cherry trees at the base of Cang Shan mountains!

#13 - White cherry blossoms.

#13 – White cherry blossoms.

Remember, there is only one enhanced photo, so please choose only one option:

And the answer is…#4!  That is the only enhanced photo in the 13 pics above.  Thanks to those who voted!

Copyright © Kevin Beaty, YUNEV and “Feet on the Ground…”, 2015.  All rights reserved.

Eternal Spring

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Dec 16, 2014 – Cherry Blossoms in garden at Dali University.

Cherry blossoms in December?!  The Chinese word for “Yunnan” is literally “clouds-south” which means “South of the Clouds”.  Yunnan Province is also known throughout China as the land of Eternal Spring.  Our introduction to this land of Eternal Spring has included seeing fresh new cherry blossoms alongside the fall color and falling leaves of other trees here in December.  Living cross-culturally means living in the midst of many paradoxes, and this visual paradox was even more pronounced yesterday after our first snow of the season!

Fall colors (and cherry blossoms) from our classroom window.

Fall colors (and cherry blossoms) from our classroom window.

I hope you will enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms alongside autumn colors.  Beauty and paradox.  These unexpected flowers reminded me of the new life many will celebrate because of the miraculous birth of Jesus on Christmas Day!

Copyright © Kevin Beaty, YUNEV and “Feet on the Ground…”, 2014-2015.  All rights reserved.