A portion of the extended holiday was spent barbecuing and exploring part of Taiwan’s quieter-side. A friend rented a cabin in Sitou [溪頭], Lugu Township [鹿谷鄉]. It was a great weekend featuring food, KTV, and bugs.
Our group’s cabin was the one on the right:
One of several grills cooking on a cool Fall evening [sorry Michael, no Dutch Ovens]:
After a long night of grilling and KTV, we set out on foot to explore:
Dashigong [大石公]: a massive house-sized rock.
The sign to the left advertises the specials at the cafe up the stairs that is located above the rock. At the rock there is a small Buddha statue. If you donate $10 NT you can write your name and a note on a piece of wood and hang it for good luck. We donated money but opted out of writing a note and wasting wood.
Along our brief expedition we encountered several creatures. Our first was this butterfly:
The dragonflies were all flying low from the on-again off-again light rain of the morning:
A moth taking a break:
This spider was incredibly fun to take pictures of…
…it mostly involved me balancing on top of a brick wall because I haven’t invested in a powerful zoom lens for the D40…
…I took a shot from up close with the flash and I think that may have ticked him off, he fell (or jumped) to the bottom of his web and started wildly flailing his legs.
And the final critter is this Long-Horned Beetle [Locust Borer?] we saw fly overhead and land on this tree: