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Single Shot: Mountain Temple

OK, so I haven’t been taking any photos or posting much of anything. This post is an attempt to get back to taking photos and posting again. Life’s been busy, but I hate that I’ve neglected this blog.

Anyway, little to say about this shot. It’s a mountain Buddhist temple at Lion’s Head Mountain, Miaoli County. I’ll stick to this single shot today and hopefully there will be more to come soon!

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Year of the Snake: Lunar New Year 2013 in Taiwan

With a vacation to Korea, an apartment move, and a visiting family member, I didn’t go out to document this year’s Lunar New Year as much as in the past.

With that said, it was a great time of relaxation for me even if it was a bit busy. This time of year always sorts of reignites the spark and excitement of living in Taiwan for me and this was no exception.

Above: Mazu, goddess of the sea, at Cixian Temple, Taipei.

Above: Cherry blossoms on a (very) foggy day at Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山).

Above: Temples on the same foggy day at 獅頭山.


Above left: worshippers walk under a lantern for blessings at Longshan Temple, Taipei. Above right: temple lanterns hang at Cixian Temple, Taipei.

Above: temple worshipers gather at Longshan Temple, Taipei.

Above: lanterns hang at Longshan Temple, Taipei.

Above: an incense burner at a temple on Lion’s Head Mountain.

Above: fried noodles being prepared at Shilin Night Market, Taipei.

Above: the calm before the crowds at Liuhe Night Market, Kaohsiung.


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More from Miaoli

These are the promised photos from Miaoli’s beautiful mountain scenery and the temples in the area around Lion’s Head Mountain.  I already posted an HDR of some intricate roofing, but wanted to share these as well.

This starts off with a naturally-framed image.  I need to try this more often, I like how it turned out.


One interesting thing that happened was an old man at a temple that approached Yuling and I about the fact that I was Western.  He first asked her if I was European, and then realized that I was American.  When she told him this, he got excited and started mentioning “O-Ba-Ma!”

He told her, as she tried not to giggle, that Obama is the first Native American president and that he will help South Korea get rid of Vietnam.

He WAS a nice guy, though.  Even invited us to a temple ceremony, which we unfortunately had to say no to due to the fact that we’d been hiking all day and were exhausted.

Check out the Flickr set for more photos by clicking here.


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