Something a bit different for today. While I get weird looks for taking photos of walls, I couldn’t resist these textures and colors. Both were taken with the P7000, and the shallow depth of field helps in making sure all is in focus here.
Happy Friday/4th of July weekend to all! Ours will be spent getting married on Saturday!
Last weekend, I came across Confucius Temple in Hsinchu, which is centrally located in the city near the glass museum and zoo. Temples dedicated to Confucius are common in most major Taiwanese cities and have a much more calm demeanor than the standard Taoist/Chinese temples.
On Teacher’s Day each year, there are often celebrations at these temples as they are seen as shrines to the Chinese culture of education.
I saw this egret yesterday in the canal in Hsinchu. While they usually come pretty close, I was astonished at how close this one came up to me, especially as it was in the middle of lunch. On top of this, the bird started almost “playing” with the fish. It was a fascinating thing to watch and I got a lot of shots off while this was going on.
Today’s images come from 集集, or Jiji, a small but touristy town in Nantou County. Part of the reason it’s a bit touristy is due to the fact that the 1999 “9/21” earthquake was centered in this small town and it is home to a museum dedicated to that event.
The town is full of bicycle and scooter rental shops – I was actually quite amazed they don’t run each other out of business.
Probably the most scenic train platform I’ve ever seen.
I’ve always liked seeing contrasts in photography, and given my background in history, I’ve always liked to see the mix of old and new. Taiwan is full of this, and I saw this in a glimpse as a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver moved along through a crowded traditional Jhubei market last weekend.
In the US, it’s not uncommon for schoolkids to not know where their chicken/beef/whatever it is might come from. In these markets (and on the farms in Taiwan), it’s quite obvious. Instead of having an industrial farm grow your food and purchasing it from a middleman, you can go to these weekly markets where just about anything grown in Taiwan is directly sold to you. Mix that with a pizza delivery chain that everyone knows and I think you have an interesting study in globalization here.
A lot of people groan when I mention McDonald’s, Domino’s or the like. I have to say I have a soft spot for both, even though I came to Taiwan wanting to explore the cuisine. And I have explored the cuisine. However, there comes a point where any resemblance of home – even processed food with a very predictable flavor – is very appetizing. Says a lot for someone who used to/makes fun of people who visit NYC Times Square from across the US to go to TGI Fridays.
With Chinese New Year coming (and family visiting), this blog will be taking a break after tomorrow. I’ll be returning with plenty of material, or at least I hope to do so…
These were taken while wandering around BoAi street a little more over the past few weeks. All in Jhubei.
Last August, I went to Hong Kong with Yuling and posted about it quite a few times. You can see my previous posts here:
This was taken at a pretty famous temple and I just got around to processing it with an Aperture 3 filter I thought brought out the photo best. I like how it seems to texture the smoke and tries to capture the mood.