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2/21/08 - Taiwan


Songshan local airport at 6am


We flew down from Taipei to Hualien on the East Coast of Taiwan


My Carambola Juice box - it was kind of vile


After days of rain and clouds, we had to go South to find the sun.


The park wasn't yet open so they took us to a marble factory


OSHA might have freaked a bit, because when they said factory, they meant factory


Marble being sliced with diamond saw


All my pictures of plants didn't come out. But the corn, that I got


The entry gate into Taroko gorge


The river into the Gorge


And the Liwu river flows to the sea in the East


Eternal Spring Shrine - in honor of the workers who died building the Central Cross-Island Highway


Writting on the marble wall


Me, my tour sticker, and the shrine


Temple on the ridge above the Eternal Spring temple


Karen over the spring


The valley below the above


The valley is made of solid marble. The river cut through over millenium. As the cliffs rise, the river keeps cutting down. The gorge deepens several millimeters every year


The hand carved path to the shrine


The almost bridge and the actual bridge


The names of those who carved the road


A forever ceiling in the shrine


The carved tunnel through the rock


The straight fall of water


The road next to the swallows nests


Ricktey old sway of a bridge, dip down gorge


The swallows nest in the caves carved out by water flowing through cracks in the stone


Crystal and the gorge (and camera)


Water seeping through the stone


The water slips through a crack, which becomes a cave


The marble that makes up the mountains is so hard that the water wears in a straight U shape.


And the walls narrow. Not really widening.


Jade waterfall with fizz


Palm tree over mountain


I'm told that the rock looks like an American Indian Chief. I'm not sure I see it.


Karen looks at the big rock


The big rock


There were signs everywhere telling us to stick to the cliffs (and move fast) to avoid rocks


Caution!


Seep from the rocks


Lily over my head


Waterfall


Narrow cliffs lean over to touch


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I loved the signs for in Taiwan


Fish leaping


across the dragons gate


Clear spring water as jade


Actual sunlight on white marble


Butterfly shadow


Ghost of a butterfly


Mountain in the sunlight


Dragon and the phoenix


The maternal bridge. Every day, the mother of one of the workers would bring him lunch. He went missing, but she still brought his lunch every day.


Shrine by the bridge


While we stood on the shrine on the other side. It was warm. Warm!


Bouganvilla


Lion by the bridge


Kissing butterflies


Maternal gate by the moss


White marble river


Chysanth and Rose/blueberry tea


Shadow butterfly daisy


Turn


Sky shadow


Shrine in the valley


The lodge where we ate lunch


White flowers at the shrine


Gates


Lotus pool


Sunshine


Moth like a leaf


Mother mercy says shhhhh


Tower over the valley


Tables of marble. Everything's marble. Well, the mountains are made of it.


Marble on the bridge


Random marble statue


Fishermen in the Pacific


The sun rises over this Pacific as it sets over our Western shore


Rocky shore


Karen with rock


The water is so warm, like chocolate froth


The train on back to Taipei


And here's the sign telling us to go past go.


Here are paddies and lights and me. A ghost in the window. Or something.


The MRT of the infinite.