On Saturday, I met up with bloggers Mark Forman and David Reid for a photowalk in downtown Taichung. Our walk took us through areas near Taichung Train Station. Walking across from the station we began our tour through a once robust area which has decreased in importance as Taichung’s center of gravity has shifted. The photo used at the top of this post is of one of the many abandoned buildings which are prevalent on that side of town. We walked through the Jade Market and Taichung Park before heading to Yizhong Street and completing our loop back to the train station.
I met up with Mark and David for the Taichung-edition of Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photowalk. Mark led us around Taichung’s West District on a hot and overcast Saturday afternoon. Although I didn’t come back with any stellar shots, it was a lot of fun exploring with great company.
We headed to Taichung City’s Chun An Military Dependents’ Village [春安眷村] this morning before the heavy rains came. The village has become popular from the paintings by Huang Yung-fu [黃永阜], a veteran in his mid-80s who has transformed this once nondescript village into a vibrant tourist destination for young couples and families.
A couple weeks back Cathy and I checked out the Hejia Ranch [禾家牧場] on Yinghangshan [銀行山]. The ranch was established twenty years ago and specializes in dairy products such as milk, ice cream, yogurt, and popsicles. Yinghangshan is located on Baguashan [八卦山], making this a popular spot for families and cyclists.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited Ershui [二水] in Changhua County. We parked at the lot next to the train station and took a leisurely stroll along the road that runs perpendicular to the train station. We mostly took pictures of old buildings along the way.
As mentioned in the yesterday’s post, over the weekend I met up with Mark Forman, David Ried, and Darren Melrose for a photowalk in Taichung. My previous post featured my favorite photographs from Saturday’s get-together taken by the other photographers. Mark, David, and Darren have also posted their favorite photographs from everyone.
Here are six of my own shots that I took during the photowalk that I personally like and weren’t featured elsewhere:
Over the weekend I met up with Taichung-based photographer/blogger Mark Forman over in his stomping grounds for some photography and conversation. Our first stop was Taichung’s Jianguo Market [建國市場], located a stone’s throw from the train station. Like others in Taiwan, the market is a total assault on the senses. I am gradually getting over my apprehension to photograph strangers thanks in part to an excellent guide written by Darren Melrose last year and in part to taking walks like this and realizing I can only take so many pictures of fresh produce on a table. For those waiting for my still life pictures from the walk, you’ll have to wait because they are sitting on an unfinished roll in my FM2.
Cathy and I found ourselves with some free time while in Houli Township after visiting a friend so we checked out the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery [月眉糖廠]. Located in Taichung County and built in 1909, the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery was just one of several refineries for Taiwan’s once booming sugar industry.
Earlier this week my school took a field trip to Miaoli for some DIY chocolate at Schokolake [巧克力雲莊]. This was one of three stops during our school’s Miaoli trip and I’m pretty sure our students had the most fun here. The area outside the chocolate factory is quite lovely with several flowering trees such as these Cherry Blossoms [櫻花] that were in full bloom during our visit: