I spent most of Chinese New Year in Nantou eating and playing Mahjong. On Saturday, Cathy and I came back to Taipei to be greeted by the same weather that has plagued Taipei for 5 weeks: rainy and cold.
In case you didn’t know, squirrels are kind of a big deal in Taiwan. If you see one chances are there are half a dozen people surrounding it and taking its picture.
A Little Egret [Egretta garzetta] waits by the edge of a pond for prey.
If you stumbled on this post hoping to see spectacular Cherry Blossoms I am sorry to disappoint. Perhaps some Plum Blossoms from earlier this year may interest you?
By far the highlight of the afternoon was Datun Waterfall [大屯瀑布區 (romanized as Ta Tuen Waterfall in the park)], which is a short walk from the Flower Festival.
I can’t believe I missed this gem the previous two times I visited the area! We worked our way down the falls from the spot where the above picture was taken. Luckily, it had stopped raining long enough to enjoy the sights.
It is times like this I really miss my Joby Gorrilapod tripod. Somehow, despite the cold I was able to hold my hands steady for a third of a second.
The stairs weren’t too slick, but I rarely didn’t have a firm grip on the railing.
Below is the section of the falls which is most recognized by anyone traveling up Hushan Road [湖山路]:
I should have pictures from our rainy trip to Zhuzi Lake [竹子湖] in the next day or so.