THE TIME FLIES SPRING FOLLOWS WINTER

JONAS DALEY

Black gobi II
Adjoining the borders of Dunhuang City and Qinghai Province is the Black Gobi Desert mountain range. Over the stretch of two years, I have taken multiple trips across the area on my cross-country vehicle, documenting the hilly parts of Gobi that very much resemble the Moon’s surface, Due to the pervasive sandstorms whipping over the area, as well as the sandy pebbles and loose soil underneath the tires, there’s only so much I could have done on the wheels with our cross-country vehicles.   The vehicles can only get us as far as a few dozens of kilometers across the endless hills. What’s worse, to get to some of our pre-digitally-planned vantage points, we actually had to scale mountains after mountains of precipitousness. These photos were taken in a depopulated zone. To take photos of the starry sky, we risked driving across a river late at night, and our car narrowly escaped being washed away by the river; to find a right angle, we drove into a sharp stone area, and unfortunately, our car had a flat tire when it was getting dark, so we had to spend a cold night in the desert. These are only two little incidents, there are many things like this in the process of shooting.
Emerald Lake
"Emerald Lake" belongs to the magnesium sulfate subtype salt lake. It is the third largest artificial lake in Haixi Prefecture, covering an area of ​​more than 26 square kilometers. It produces good quality potassium, magnesium, lithium and other elements. Because the salt bed is alternately and crystal-clear with light green, emerald green and deep blue lake water, the locals call it "Emerald Lake".
Fantasy II
Pink is the delicate sweetness, tenderness and innocence. Pink is the supreme romance, elegance and nobility. Pink is a beautiful reverie, rendering the fragments of infinite imagination. Originated from the collision of nature and reality, pink  brings out new possibilities, so as to present a more evolved aesthetic language. The truly addictive color lies not only in the appearance, but also the desire that can't be wiped off. Pink is nature, youth, unspeakable sexy, and creative soul that spills out of the four seasons.​​​​​​​
Aiken Spring
Located in northwest China's Qinghai Province, Aiken Spring in the Gobi Desert is dubbed the "Devil's Eye." The water spewing out of the spring contains a high degree of sulfur, making the land around it barren. Aiken Spring is 647 meters deep, Is the deepest hot spring in Qinghai.
Shika Snow Mountain
The mountain has a total area of 25 square miles. The altitude of the highest peak is 14,598 feet above the sea level, while the lowest Napa Grassland is 10,728 feet above the sea level. The large variation in elevation and expansive area endow the Shika Snow Mountain with diverse and abundant flora and fauna that contribute.
Sulphur lake
A huge fried egg-like sulphur lake was seen on the Yardang landform in Mangya, northwest China’s Qinghai province.
Red beds
Developed during the Jurassic and the Tertiary period, it is a red rock system developed and formed in the Himalayan orogeny. With the uplift of the Earth's crust and the hillside retreated mainly through the collapse process. The remaining red sandstone has formed isolated strange rocks and stones after long-term weathering, exfoliation and water erosion.
Fantasy
Pink is the delicate sweetness, tenderness and innocence. Pink is the supreme romance, elegance and nobility. Pink is a beautiful reverie, rendering the fragments of infinite imagination. Originated from the collision of nature and reality, pink  brings out new possibilities, so as to present a more evolved aesthetic language. The truly addictive color lies not only in the appearance, but also the desire that can't be wiped off. Pink is nature, youth, unspeakable sexy, and creative soul that spills out of the four seasons.​​​​​​​
Black gobi
In the region where Haixi and Dunhuang meet, there is a bewildering expanse of black Gobi hills. Qilian Mountains lie to its east and Lop Nur situates to its west. It has a typical plateau landform and due to the high altitude the climate is cold and windy all year round. In the autumn of 2020, I drove to this uninhabited land. Meeting my eyes was a weird, little-known landform that took its shape more than 75 million years ago, making it an explorer haven. The black Gobi consists of soft soil, very tricky for vehicular travel. Most of the region is not passable to vehicles, so I had to travel on foot. Along with the dusk always came the icy wind. The desert and the Gobi, bearing no vegetation, appeared in various shapes and continuously from the horizon. I hoped to explore this territory in my own way and record those beautiful moments.
Yang Pass
Yangguan, or Yangguan Pass, is a mountain pass that was fortified by Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty around 120 BC and used as an outpost in the colonial dominions adjacent to ancient China. It is located approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Dunhuang, in the Gansu territory to the west of the Shaanxi province in the far Northwest China, which was in ancient times the westernmost administrative center of China. It was established as a frontier defense post, as well as a developed place in China's remote western frontier; Emperor Wu encouraged Chinese to settle there. Today Yangguan is located in Nanhu Village, along the Hexi Corridor.
Sand hill
The singing sand lands in western China are mainly deserts, where dunes stand like mountains. Therefore, they are also called singing sand mountains.  Singing sand is also called musical sand. It is a peculiar natural phenomenon that exists in many places in the world. Influenced by various climatic and geographical factors, such as wind blows, sand slides or interactions with each other, fine sand grains dominated by quartz rotate in the airflow and the surface cavities can cause "diabolo" - a buzzing sound. The place where the buzzing sound occurs is called a singing sand land.  The sand mountains are all formed by the accumulation of fine sand. They have different shapes. The sand grains have five colors, namely, red, yellow, blue, white, and black. They are crystal clear and spotless.
Monument Valley
The Monument Valley Geoscience Museum is located on the volcanic islands, Zhangzhou. It is located in the coastal zone from Qianting Town to Fotan Town in Zhangpu County, Fujian, about 50 kilometers away from Xiamen, Zhangzhou and Zhangpu County. The Monument Valley Geoscience Museum is a building with colorful exterior walls in the volcanic islands. The unique architectural style and well-organized architectural structure make people feel like they are staying in a perfect dream, and these dream-like scenarios are exist in reality.
Mist Hotan Prefecture​​​​​​​
This group of surreal creative works is created by a storm coming up in the desert.  This group of works was shot in China's Taklamakan Desert, the world's second-largest drifting sand, which is known as the Sea of Death. Animal carcasses and fur can be seen everywhere when walking into the boundary line of the desert. Sand dunes are expanding continuously in the desert. Affected by wind, sand dunes shift frequently. The wind can blow up sand walls to three times high.
Colorful Danxia
The work was created in the autumn of 2016. By adopting the half surreal photography technique, it presents us different colorful Danxia. The shooting location of the photo is the north side of Qilian Mountain, which has an area of 536 square kilometers. It is the most typical and the largest Danxia landform landscape in the arid areas of China and it is also the typical representative of Chinese colorful Danxia and lattice-style palatial Danxia in China.
Powder
遭遇到人生中的第一次空窗期的我,決定再次帶上滿是灰塵的老伙計,試圖偶遇敦煌沙漠中的暴雨,未果。在與烈日結伴的一周時間裡,意外邂逅到的魔幻現實主義。
Firn
Yulong Snow Mountain is a mountain range covered with snow all year round on the nearest equator in the northern hemisphere. It is juxtaposed with the Zhongdian Snow Mountain on the west and Mianmian Mountain on the east across the river. It extends from Sanjiangkou in the north to 27°N latitude in the south. The 13 peaks of the whole mountain are arranged longitudinally from south to north. The highest peak of the main peak-Shanzi Peak is 5,596 meters above sea level, with snow all year round, and the height of the snow line is between 4800 and 5000 meters.There are temperate marine glaciers on the Eurasian continent that are closest to the equator.
Ghost City
Urho Ghost city, also known as Urho Wind City, presents a large-scale and majestic strange wind erosion landscape which finished its formation in the long-term wind erosion, with unique wind erosion landform and strange shapes. Looking around, people will find it’s like a castle standing vertically in the vast Gobi Desert. It has become dense, scattered but regular shapes of sandstone after the long-term effect of nature.
Color change
Infrared photography is a new trend that prompted I to capture the Chinese Mountains in their most beautiful form. They look like another planet where everything is pink and mysterious.
Light
EQUIPMENT: 60 THUMB LIGHTS, TRIPODS, STEEL WIRE,  SLINGS
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