It is a beautiful day in Beijing. A band of severe thunderstorms rocked the skies last night, and washed the air clean of dense smog. I just finished the first of two Natural Habitat expeditions, and am looking over some of my images from the trip, and getting excited to do it again with a new group of folks who are arriving today. These trips explore regions of China that are rarely, if ever, seen by foreigners. Here are a some of my attempts to capture China’s unseen beauty with a camera.
The major highlight and focus of our trips is always the Giant Panda, which may be the most loved and charismatic creature on earth
For me, the most exciting destination on these trips is a wild, undiscovered wilderness area in the Minshan Mountains, where we explore wild giant habitat, and view and photograph some of the world’s rarest wildlife. Although it was too dark for a photograph, the trip highlight for me was spotting an Asian hog-nosed badger on a night hike! We also saw takin, golden pheasant, Tibetan macaque, serow, reeve’s muntjac, wild boar, blue sheep, and masked palm civet!
Tibetan Area- The final leg of our journey is a road trip through the rugged Minshan Mountains onto the Tibetan Plateau, in search of Tibetan Cultures, incredible scenery, and endemic wildlife.