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Longsheng Farmer

My trip to the Longsheng region of China was very short, but it left an impression on me. The small mountain town was covered in rain and fog more often than not and it made for some treacherous hiking. There is something about the struggle to achieve that makes it all the more worth it. I spent two full days hiking up and down the various mountains and catching fleeting glimpses of the beautiful rice terraces as the wind swept the fog aside for moments at a time.

One morning, I was making my way up one of the steep, narrow paths when I looked up and saw a donkey blocking the way. He was only a foot from my face and he was just staring at me. I made to pass on the right and he swung his head over and fixed one huge eye on me. Ok, he is definitely staring me down. I tried to explain that is was common courtesy for the person coming down the hill to back up and let the other pass, but he did not understand English. Fine, you stubborn donkey, I will move out of your way. When I turned around to make my way back down, I saw this rice farmer plowing the field. I liked the way he was looking out into the distance and how the the rain drops falling off his jacket were catching the light. If it hadn't been for that stubborn donkey, I would have missed this cool moment.

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