The best time to photograph cherry blossoms in Ha Giang is after the Lunar New Year, when the cold on the rocky highlands gradually dissipates, the buds of cherry blossoms start to bloom. Peach blossoms in Ha Giang usually bloom later than peaches downstream. Because the weather in the high mountains of Ha Giang is often very cold, peach trees often hold buds for a long time. Only when there is sunshine, warming weather, do cherry blossoms bloom brightly.
On sunny afternoons, I often scour deep into the villages along the Vietnamese border, throw my car in a corner, and walk into very small, winding trails, wriggling behind dirt walled houses. There, the road is hidden in corn flaps higher than a person's head, hidden in the nooks and crannies of the mountains.
I stopped by the stone fence, watching the peach tree in bloom. How many seasons of flowers have come to this place, how many men have carried civets through here, how many sunshines sparkle in the eyes of school children, and how many laughter have followed the legging-wrapped footsteps, how many colorful swings from the hem of the skirts of the women of the borderland.
I took the picture and stood quietly again, trying to capture this sparkling moment in my memory. So that later every time I remember a time when "I went", I would open up the photos to be immersed in those still fresh and intact moments.
The highlands of Ha Giang in spring are often murky and gray. When there is no sun, peach blossom petals cannot peel off. He had to wait for a ray of sunshine to appear all week. In those days, he had to survey all the areas he wanted to photograph. For example, seeing a beautiful peach tree growing on a rocky shore without sunshine, you open your compass to see how the sun is in the direction of East – West? How is the composition against the sun? You also have to calculate what time the sun is, when will it go out? Look around to see if any mountains are too high? If you shoot the sunrise from the east and there is a mountain too high to block the sun, just sleep, maybe 8 am when the sun rises. Or if you shoot to the west, sometimes 3 and a half in the afternoon the sun is out of the mountain, 4 hours to shoot, it is a complete failure.
When the peach orchard hides the languor through the mist. That is really the soul and love of Ha Giang. The sunny photo is very beautiful, very shimmering, but the thick, cold blind days really bring the breath of mountains and forests.
When he first came to Lao Xa village (Dong Van, Ha Giang), Le Viet Khanh said, he felt like he was lost in the fairy land. At that time there was only a small slippery dirt road, he had to walk in about 4 hours. And when he arrived, the scenery that appeared before his eyes made him feel overwhelmed. The Hmong houses are roofed with dark brown yin-yang tiles hidden in the red of peach orchards, interspersed with white blooming plum trees.
Digging deeply, it turned out that what I knew about Ha Giang was still too little. Sometimes I get into a dirt road without knowing where it leads. Just like that, running into the village, scouring every corner, following the tiny trails steeply back to the top of the mountain. Inside the small roads that turn sideways, turn backwards, there are still many corners that I now know.
Ha Giang is a beautiful rocky plateau land of Vietnam. Where the 4 seasons all bring different special beauties.
This spring, come to Ha Giang!
According to VOV
Photo: Le Viet Khanh