“Ming Chi” is the name of a lake, it means “clear lake”. Which is interesting, considering that the whole area is covered in fog for the vast majority of the year. Anyway, the areas surrounding the lake are a national park that’s home to some of the most impressive trees I’ve seen in a long time. The Red Cypress is a tree that grows very slowly and can only be found in some specific areas of Taiwan. Some of the trees are more than 2000 years old, and I was very surprised to find that a growing “stick” the size of my pinky finger was a 16 years old tree. The really take their time growing, which is probabluy one of the reasons why it feels as if time has stopped in this forest. There no sounds apart from the water dripping down from the top of the trees.
There was basically no point in keeping the colors, so I went for a high contrast black & white. All the pictures are single shot, none of them are HDRs. Some of them look like HDR pictures because I tried to recover as many details as possible from the areas covered in fog before adding contrast.
I’ve used the JPG version of the images here on WordPress. On Flickrs I can upload PNG version and they look better because they’re less compressed, so feel free to have a look there for larger images.