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龍潭湖 – Longtan Hu – Dragon Soup Lake

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Nap time

Disclaimer: 潭 doesn’t mean soup, but the pronunciation is very similar. I find the use of the term “soup” to be highly entertaining for my brain, and so that lake shall mbe called Dragon Soup Lake.

I need a longer lens

It’s a relatively small lake in the North-West are of Yilan. it’s a fairly short trip, so I decided not to make a new phlog. My previous one is dedicated to Triangle Mountain:

Not today

We’re still in winter so flowers and interesting bugs are hard to find. This lake during summer is crowded with massive spiders the size of my hands, though I doubt I’ll be able to get close enough to take a closeup picture of them.

These small(er) spiders are everywhere in this period of the year. Looks like they’re doing a good job at keeping the mosquitoe population low.

Luckily, not my glasses. Someone left them by the side of a walkaway, probably broken after dropping them from the bicycle. All around the lake there’s a cycling path.

I definitely need to get a longer lens because 70mm for birds in flight is abysmal, but I’ll probably have to wait until the end of February or the beginning of March. I’m aiming for the Canon 70-300 L and that packs a punch on the wallet.

 

 

 

 

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Royal Hotel Jiaoxi – 礁溪老爺酒店 –

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The Royal Hotel in Jiaoxi (also called Laoye) is the most expensive in the Yilan region. Not only is it located in the most touristic area of this county, it’s also built along the line of natural hotsprings and a couple of minutes away from the most popular hiking trail and three-waterfalls system of Wufenqi.

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As many hotels in Taiwan, it’s also possible to simply attend their restaurant and enjoy their buffet. There are all kinds of food available, including some European dishes. Needless to say, the best part of the lunch was the Taiwanese food.

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“Hey, where are the food pictures?”. Well, I’m not really into that kind of photography, I’m much more attracted to interiors and architecture.

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Expecting good weather in Yilan in January is a bit too hopeful, and infact I’ve not been able to take any pictures of the exteriors. In Spring I’ll get back there, it definitely deserves some extra time.

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The Chinese new year holiday has just begin, we’;re entering the Year of the Double Headed Stellar Dragon. No, actually it’s the Chicken Year…but it doesn’t sound as cool. Feelsbadman.

Next week I’ll have a new Phlog available, recording my hiking trip to a local mountain. If I survive, of course.

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Flowers, bugs and WordPress issues

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Winter Flowers

We’re still having some fairly cold days, but the patch of flowers near home is still in bloom. A nice place to test my new lens, which has a semi-macro mode.

Tiny spiders

Tiny spiders

Considering that these two spiders were smaller than the nail of my little finger and I took these pics handheld on a windy day, i can’t complain too much.

Winter Flowers

This one looked ok on the camera screen, but there’s a bit of motion blur due to the wind. Feelsbadman.

I’m having problems with WordPress, recently i’m not able to upload images, which means in your preview via email you can only see my own pic. It’s not a big deal for my regular posts because I link images from Flickr anyway, but I find it a bit annoying. hopefully it’s a software issue that WP will manage to fix soon.