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Saturday Afternoon at Xingtian Temple (行天宮)

Last Saturday, I visited Xingtian Temple, or 行天宮 with Yuling while wandering through Zhongshan District at Xingtian Temple Station. While we were visiting, many people were in line to receive blessings and cleansings from the temple spirits aided by ceremony officiants.

   

   

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Traditional Chinese Music, Jhubei

These shots were taken last month, the same day I saw a Chinese opera as well as women with traditional Chinese bridal garb.

 

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Lion Head Mountain, Miaoli

These were taken a while ago on Lion Head Mountain. You can see more of the shots from that day here and a panorama here.

 

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Hall of Gods

These are shots of a hall of gods at Dajia Mazu Temple, Taichung County. This room has covered walls on two sides with these colorful statues, which overtake the senses, to say the least.

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Colorful Joss Chimney, Nantou

This joss chimney – used for burning prayers and “ghost money” – was in Nantou last weekend. It’s much more colorful and intricate than these usually tend to be – especially on the sides near the door.

You might expect fewer posts this week. I’m not leaving photography – just quite busy. I hope to bring the post count up after next weekend.

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Rooftop Dragon

This dragon was at a temple in Nantou County I visited last weekend. I liked the mix of sunlight on the dragon with the overcast sky in the background.

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Jiji, Nantou County (集集)

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.

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Coming Soon: “Scooters and Stinky Tofu”

One of the fascinating things about digital photography is how people who take pictures of any sort rarely actually see them.

When I say “see” them, I mean see an actual, physical copy. On one hand, this is great as I don’t have to worry about pictures disappearing through a move or being destroyed. I can show people around the world what is going on here in Taiwan very, very easily. I don’t have to buy film or get it developed. Regardless, it’s really, really great to see a photograph in printed form. Something about seeing the “published” version makes this hobby and all of the money spent on equipment worth it.

With that in mind, I decided to try out a service by Blurb, a print-on-demand company that allows photographers and other creatives to make books. If I am happy with the final copy, and I will make a post regarding what I think about it, I will be selling this book through this website and at Blurb.com.

The book, Scooters and Stinky Tofu, will be based on my first year living in Taiwan and is mostly aimed at my friends and family who have supported me from halfway around the globe. I will be posting more in the next few days including shipping, pricing, and ordering information. Stay tuned!

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Scenes from the Taipei Zoo

Before I start, I’d like to say thanks to the fine folks at WordPress for featuring my blog as “Freshly Pressed.” This is the second time this has happened, and the traffic spike is always fun. Welcome to the site if this is your first visit! Check out the About Me page if you are wondering what this is all about and take a look at some video slideshows for some previews of my work. I’ve also got some links to other pages, like my Twitter and a portfolio as well.

These shots are from the Taipei Zoo last weekend – Yuling and I visited on Sunday as we decided to spend the day trying out some new things in the city. The admission for this extremely well-kept zoo (the best in Taiwan) is only $60 NTD, or about $2 USD. I was able to pay with my metro card to make it even easier. Like most large zoos, this one does include some programs for conservation and education – unlike the much smaller Hsinchu Zoo.

  

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Scenes from Pingxi

Something a bit different today from the urban craziness I usually like photographing. This is Pingxi, home to the Lantern Festival I visited last February with family.

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