First day in Taipei


I’m in Taipei until Wednesday, and on a mission to make some stories.

I arrived at around 11.30 today, from Beijing, met my friend Phu and family from Vietnam, for a coffee and lovely catch up. Now I’m sitting in my hostel after I spent a few hours walking around the local area.

I grabbed some dinner, see below

I’m aiming for a diet mainly comprising of vegetables, so this afternoon I went for the rice and cabbage with artichoke, I thought I would try a few sauces, wasabi, some chili with tomato mixture and not sure about the other, overall basic but tasty. I’ve been eating this kind of thing for a while, so I’m quite used to it now, it is nice when I find an opportunity to be healthy and eat basic when on the road, takes an effort but well worth it.

Shortly after lunch I headed into “Peace Park”, a place that seems to be teeming with wildlife, mammal (human mainly), reptile, feathered and gilled. I looked around for something particularly interesting to photograph and write about.

I saw a lady with a large tortoise surrounded by people, I decided to approach, to ask a few questions, in English, she spoke some, and told me her lady tortoise was 20 years old, she has had it all that time, I suggested that it must be like a family member, her English didn’t extend that far, some confusion ensued, finally she agreed it was like a girlfriend, not quite what I was getting at, but I think we were roughly on the same wavelength, and good on her for chatting in English. I attempted to take a few photos, she refused to appear next to her shelled girlfriend, but the tortoise (it had a name something like Moustong, I should take notes for names) seemed to stop and pose, or maybe it was just moving slowly.

I had no idea what this bird was until now, it’s a Black Crowned Night Heron, interesting to see such exotic looking birds here, just wondering about, something to be said for a culture that treats wildlife so well. There were also squirrels, lots of tortoises, fish and smaller birds such as tree sparrows, personally these are my favourite, they seem to be abundant and add a lovely and lively chirping to the mornings and evenings, whilst I was in Beijing and again now I’m in Taiwan.

I’m intrigued by travel journalism at the moment, so exploring the world has an added purpose, my writing and photographing agenda is to make interesting stories, I will endeavor to use my own perceptions to enhance the intrigue of what I experience, let’s see, all I can do is continue doing, learning and fill my head with the right stuff, and wrong if it helps.

I often look up, there are some interesting effects created by leaves with their vibrant colours, glowing with light coming through, in high contrast to the sky above. With a 400mm zoom lens and narrow depth of field, I can blur out the back leaves nicely. A wiley cat, if there was ever one, this one was on a leash, I can only imagine what would happen with all those fishes and birds around, if this little tiger was loose, what a beautiful and warm looking orange coat, wild big eyes (maybe that was because he’s a cat and on a leash), the nice lady allowed me to take a few shots, though I wish I’d endevoured a bit longer and got a better shot with his big eyes.

Ok and finally humans, we do often enjoy nature, I think even when people say they don’t, they are in some kind of denial, if you consider that in reality everything is nature, in my opinion anyway, if nature was not there neither would we be, food, water, air, when we spend time in it, I believe we connect to the simple reality of things, in an uncomplicated way, and that connects us with ourselves also in a direct and simple way, like a mirror, some things seem very clear, and it has taken a lot of effort trying to convince us otherwise.

I’m looking forward to spending more time in nature, Wednesday I’ll be heading out of the city, so I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences very soon, and also making art inspired by nature.

Thanks for reading, Sam.

Author: Sam

I'm a multi-media artist, working with drawing, painting, textiles and motion expression, I have been living in Asia for the last 6 years, I'm originally from Wales, in the UK, thanks for seeing my work, please get in touch if you'd like to discuss, my works are available to buy from my shop. Please consider supporting my work, you can purchase something from my shop, all support is greatly appreciated.

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