When it finished, the temperature difference caused the raindrops to vapor instantly and the steam appeared above the gorge, where the mountain river is hidden under the cover of trees…
The picture shows the Ksiaz Castle (克雄日城堡) in the Lower Silesia region of Poland, Europe. The castle was built on top of the rock, surrounded by the river in a deep gouge that goes around the castle. The castle, because of its unique location, makes it is in harmony between humans and nature – people respect the wildlife around, which let wild animals live just next to the castle – the most extraordinary example is the mouflon.
The Castle on Top of the Rock
Have you heard of the word “breathtaking”? I used to think this word is just a metaphorical exaggeration of something beautiful, and I did not pay much attention to it. There are too many beautiful things in the world, right? People, flowers, cars, art objects, a neighbor’s cat. But how can they take your breath?
Once I went to a place somewhere by the side of the Caucasus. It was a lovely sunny day when I decided to face the magnificence of the mountains for the first time in my life. Through the heavy road, I reached the pick and… I forgot how to breathe. Being on the top of the mountain, surrounded by clouds at an unbelievable height, made me think of this tricky “breathtaking” word. It cannot be explained until you feel this. It was the moment I truly fell in love with mountains.
Remind Me How to Breath
The world lying in front of us is so bright and so large - no borders can be seen. Snow is everywhere; all roads are covered with shining white crystals. Soon spring is going to come and everything will change, but for now, let's enjoy last winter days. The sky is blue and clean - have a nice deep breath with this fresh cold air. Silence is all around, only gentle wind plays its favorite soft melody. You are here, alone with nature, so free and so inspired young soul.
What can you see beyond this wide horizon, colored by the rising morning sun? What magnificent future is waiting for you? Suddenly wind lifted the shiny ice crystals into the air, inviting us to follow it. Shall we try? The whole world is open to you, so don't hesitate to run towards your goals, towards your dreams, towards your spring.
The Color of Spring
Humans experience a profound connection with nature, including emotions, attitudes, and behavior. I value nature because it reinforces my spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. I feel alive in this place. I have always found that nature is a place of reflection for me, a place where I can slow down and reflect on what is going on in my life. Nature aids me in maintaining a sense of well-being and encourages positive emotions. Everything in the world comes from nature and returns to nature. Our lives cannot be developed, without re-connecting and cooperating with the natural world. Modern science and technology must undergo a balanced transformation in harmony with nature to achieve a new vision of sustainable human development. Living in harmony with nature is essential to sustainable human development. Our very existence depends on the survival of nature. We must respect and cherish it.
Humans, in Harmony with Nature
We are grateful to all the students for taking an active part in the photography competition and sharing their photos with us. Please keep paying attention to the Part II of the photography competition, where you can see more lovely photos taken by our international students.