China My China


Branch on blue


Gang signs

Eclectic set starting at the Taichung High Speed Rail station which runs same trains as the Japanese Shinkansen. Great ride. A blue door observed on morning photo walk. I do these Am photowalks several times a week usually starting at 6:30 AM. Ditto for race car on lift. The god structure includes a hall at it's base. It is on the end of a long pier at Kaohsiung's Lotus Lake.

Brian Eno was always so prescient and his early albums with lyrics are so much fun. Perfect songs for English as a second language peeps. China My China is one such ditty. Enjoy.


Tiger, tiger, tiger…

Boss tiger

Ready to pounce

Tiger sign

Asleep on the job

As most of you who are familiar with the blog know-it is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac cycle of years. Metal Tiger in fact since there are a different sub-set of 5 elements that rotates every 12 years within a 60 year set.

The first and last image are from the Taichung Yuan Xiao Jie Festival after new years which is a festival of lanterns.

The second is for Tiger Woods who maybe will take advantage of this Tiger year to concentrate on swinging his metal and showing us , "What he's made of."

Buck Owens will take it home musically with Tiger by the Tail.


Mr. Sandman

Up on the wall

Among the blooms


Oh Lordy

Emerge unscathed

Praying hands

Sand Sculpture:10

Scallion Pancake man

We were very fortunate on this day to capture the best of the spotty weather on this day to visit Nantou and the 2010 Sand Sculpture Festival. Nantou is a nice area mostly in the foothills and mountains and offers some great places to travel, hike, cycle, mountain climb etc. In fact it is the largest and only land-locked county in Taiwan.

The Sand Sculpture Festival was nice and there were some really great sculptures in both traditional,modern and holiday themes. My only complaint was that some of the sculptures had been obviously damaged by the recent Chinese New Year holiday rains. So I wonder of there was any cement in them or if enough. Sad to see nice works damaged by skimping on some materials. Had a fun time all the way through to my lunch of fresh scallion pancakes. There were mostly families there that day and the kids were having a fun time in guessed it-SANDBOX!

The late great Chet Atkins brings us home with his rendering of Mr. Sandman.

Like tigers on vaseline

Good luck posters





Here we are at yet another Chinese(Lunar) New Year-the Year of the Tiger in fact. Here is some background information:

Tiger symbolizes such character traits as bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. Tigers love to be challenged and will accept any challenge if it means protecting a loved one or protecting their honor. They don’t worry about the outcome because they know they’ll always land on their feet. Don’t let their calm appearance fool you though; Tigers will pounce when they feel it’s necessary.

Metal Tiger – Years 1950 and 2010

Assertive, competitive and sharp, once Metal Tigers set their sights on their goals there’s no stopping them. They’ll always do what’s necessary to remain at the center of attention. Metal Tigers tend to jump to conclusions; a behavior they need to work at improving.

Since this is a "Metal Tiger " year I thought it only appropriate to include one of my favorite David Bowie songs-Hang on to Yourself with lyrics that typify the metal tiger.



Sunny flower


To the tower

Homing beacons

Puddle of color

The Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, Taiwan is home to the major producers of LCD large screens for TV's and monitors. It is quite huge and usually appears deserted from the outside. The land is owned by TaiSugar a government owned company and the largest landlord in Taiwan. It's area is about the size of a good sized airport and spans from the western edge of DaYa to Taichung by TungHai University.

The Building-Looptroop Rockers video.