I couldn’t see.
Everything was white, and it wasn’t snow.
Holding the land in its soft embrace, the fog brought destruction to the ones who drove hastefully.
I counted 4 massive accidents today.
From what I could tell, there was much damage, but nobody had been seriously hurt.
But to me, the one who was walking slowly and just looking at the world around me, the fog brought pure and absolute joy.
It was as if very place…
…and every thing…
…got magically beautified.
Stumbling through that beautiful white I accidentally ended up at the annual market of Kongcun 孔村.
Kongcun is a tiny village.
When I got there, virtually everyone seemed totally at ease and of a certain happiness that was very charming.
A police officer gave me some tangerines to eat and a pat on the back.
Some people cracked jokes about the size of my shoes.
One guy got his 1,6m buddy and asked him in front of everybody:
“You and this foreigner – who’s taller, eh?”
Great laughter and hallo!
Some people even came up to me and wanted to have their picture taken.
This was something new for me, because most people I had been photographing had been a bit reluctant.
When I look at the photo now I see the eyes of a happy man and the eyes of a man with hurting feet.
I hope the villagers can all see this picture! 看到这张“孔村合影”让我心里高兴！
Nice people, nice place.
When I got to the end of the village, there was a recycle yard.
There were car wrecks.
There was trash.
There was debris every where.
But the fog was covering it all up.
While I was just kind of standing around there, someone got a little friend and had him pose for the camera.
He was a little bit shy, so we gave him a big brother as back-up.
I love both the kids’ expressions on this picture.
The little one looks kind of like me on my baby photographs.
He is obviously trying to maintain a certain physical balance while trying to figure out what is actually going on.
The big one reminds me of myself when I was his age and looking cool (both posture and face) started becoming a serious issue.
Of course it’s no issue at all today.
Not much color in all these pictures, huh?
The fog never cleared up that day. It was only in the evening as I reached a bigger settlement that I would see colors again.
See? I walked past cabbage mountain today!
And it was mighty green.
So today was an interesting day.
Lots and lots of cabbage, interesting weather, many a happy face, new friends, and some terrible accidents.
I hope I was right and nobody died or got seriously insured on G107 today.
Wish them luck.