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A Snowy Surprise at the Southern Pastures

Wet Roads and Foggy Windscreens

Wet Roads and Foggy Windscreens

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Gazing through the foggy glass of our Nissan Blue Bird in marvel, as we sat and watched the absolutely dry weather give way to a torrential downpour, which gradually transforms into a flurry of unexpected snow in spring.

Embracing the Sudden Flurry of Snow

Embracing the Sudden Flurry of Snow

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Ablajan, our lovely Uygur guide, driver and friend, reaches his arms out to embrace the snowy surprise, after a mere one hour drive out of dry and dusty Urumqi city.

Bridge Blanketed with Snow

Bridge Blanketed with Snow

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

The bridge leading up to the waterfall in the Southern Pastures, softly blanketed in the tranqulity of fresh snow.

Feeling Like Christmas

Feeling Like Christmas

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Tall trees coated with powdery white snow made it feel like Christmas, except it was spring time out in the far west of China.

Powdery Landscape

Powdery Landscape

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Magical white dust!

Strolling in Silence

Strolling in Silence

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Ablajan with his little cerulean umbrella, walking at a meditative pace through the silent landscape.

Endless Azure of the Tianshan Mountain Range

Endless Azure of the Tianshan Mountain Range

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

The clear, endless azure against the snowy backdrop of the great Tianshan mountain range.

Pleasant After-Breakfast Stroll

Pleasant After-Breakfast Stroll

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Taking a pleasant after-breakfast stroll, up the chilly hills of the Southern Pasture.

Lukewarm Morning Sunlight

Lukewarm Morning Sunlight

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

Lukewarm morning sunlight filters through the tall trees.

Scattered Windmills Along the Highway

Scattered Windmills Along the Highway

Southern Pastures, Xinjiang, China | 06 May 2013

The thousands of giant white windmills, spread across the drab desert highway from Xinjiang to Gansu.

Journey Jot

Journey Jot

Jots from a $1 travel notebook.

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