Taipei weekend

When: December 2014                                  Weather:  Cool, drab and 17C

Leica M240    35mmF1.4 summilux and 24mmF1.4 summlux

In Taipei for the weekend and mixed up a bit of city photography with some birding at the nature parks….Taipei 101 is always an interesting an challenging building to shoot so here are a couple of shots…they were taken from the si si nan chun(literally 44 south village) area which is 200m from the Grand Hyatt Taipei. The juxtapositioning of the old buildings in the foreground makes for a more interesting shot of 101.

The iconic Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world

The iconic Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world…the old and the new

si si nan chun...44 southern village

si si nan chun…44 southern village

Taipei 101 in B&W

Taipei 101 in B&W

First port of call was the Taipei Botanical Gardens which I had first visited a couple of years ago and found to be a little gem in the heart of Taipei. Easily accessible, it’s open real early and though the light was poor, you can get the lay of the land and watch the activity unfold.

pavilion by the lotus pond

pavilion by the lotus pond

lotus blooms in muddy water

lotus blooms in muddy water

the black capped night heron was easy to see, very tame and quite beautiful

the black capped night heron was easy to see, very tame and quite beautiful

and again

and again

intermediate egret

intermediate egret

A poor shot of the grey treepie in the dull early morning light

A poor shot of the grey treepie in the dull early morning light

And then this slightly larger bird appeared...the blue sheen and the white barred tail confirming the beautiful Formosan Blue Magpie..the national bird

And then this slightly larger bird appeared…the blue sheen and the white barred tail confirming the beautiful Formosan Blue Magpie..the national bird

another view of the  blue magpie

another view of the blue magpie

Formosan Bulbul

Formosan Bulbul

Formosan bulbul perched..

Formosan bulbul perched..

and here we go!

and here we go!

and then another lifer appeared...the Taiwan Scimitar Babbler...here pecking the leaves in the roof gutter

and then another lifer appeared…the Taiwan Scimitar Babbler…here pecking the leaves in the roof gutter

and again

and again

Guang Xin He Pin nature park is a riverine park about 40min out of Taipei, near to the scenic area of Wulai

Guang Xin He Pin nature park is a riverine park about 40min out of Taipei, near to the scenic area of Wulai

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It was a scenic area with egrets and raptors prominent…

with fresh fish for lunch

with fresh fish for lunch

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Fish eagle?

quite pretty scenery

quite pretty scenery

a short drive away was the scenic area of Wulai with this red suspension bridge

a short drive away was the scenic area of Wulai with this red suspension bridge

and the bluest water

and the bluest water

And on our last morning we visited San Xia Old street

And on our last morning we visited San Xia Old street

where this gem of a temple was...I much prefer shooting nature but I have to say this was a very pretty temple with lots of colourful detail..

where this gem of a temple was…I much prefer shooting nature but I have to say this was a very pretty temple with lots of colourful detail..

dragon at the entrance

dragon at the entrance

afternoon sun

afternoon sun

incense fumes

incense fumes

courtyard

courtyard

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