Tour de Taiwan & Flowers – [Photographing 2015] The Twelfth Week

Scenes from Taiwan
Scenes from Taiwan

[Photographing 2015] The Twelfth Week

The twelfth week of 2015 was another great week! I was out and about enjoying the beautiful weather and the gorgeous blossoms. I also stood on the sidelines and cheered on the cyclists participating in the Tour de Taiwan. It was the first time I actually knew it was occurring beforehand so I decided to check it out!  Also, I photographed the offerings at one of the temples celebrating a ‘Land God’s’ birthday.

But, that’s enough rambling! Let’s get to the photos!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The 'Fallen One' - My Yard in Taiwan
The ‘Fallen One’ – My Yard in Taiwan

The Fallen One – Taiwan [Taken in my yard]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [the light pink version]
A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [the light pink version]
A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [the dark pink version]
A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [the dark pink version]
A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [two variations]
A Type of Flower Commonly Seen in Taiwan [two variations]
Three Different Shades of the Same Type of Flower [and they were all growing next to each other, side by side]

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Temple Offering for a Land God's Birthday - Taiwan
Temple Offering for a Land God’s Birthday – Taiwan
Orchids and Lanterns - Taiwan
Orchids and Lanterns – Taiwan

Temple Offering for the ‘Land God’s’ Birthday [I plan to write a post about this in the future.]

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Lion Dance Costumes [Close-Up] - Taiwan
Lion Dance Costumes [Close-Up] – Taiwan
Future Drummer [Beating the Drum while the Lion Dancers take a Break!]
Future Drummer [Beating the Drum while the Lion Dancers take a Break!]
Perfectly Placed Lion Dance Costumes [I just love the expression of the little boy’s face as he beats the drum.]

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

More Floral [but this time it is the form of art painted on transformer] - Taiwan
More Floral [but this time it is the form of art painted on transformer] – Taiwan
Floral Art on a Transformer – Taiwan

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Cyclists competing in the 'Tour de Taiwan'
Cyclists competing in the ‘Tour de Taiwan’
The Finish Line - Tour de Taiwan
The Finish Line – Tour de Taiwan

Tour de Taiwan

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Lonely Lotus - Taiwan [I photographed a similar lotus in the same pond last year]
Lonely Lotus – Taiwan [I photographed a similar lotus in the same pond last year]
Another picture of the Lotus - Taiwan
Another picture of the Lotus – Taiwan

Lonely Lotus – Taiwan [I photographed a similar lotus in the same pond last year] 

As always, thanks for reading!! Be sure to drop me a note and let me know which picture was your favorite [as you know, I love to hear from you all]!  And if you have time, check me out on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and now instagram.

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42 thoughts on “Tour de Taiwan & Flowers – [Photographing 2015] The Twelfth Week

    1. Yes, you are right! They look very cool when they are placed on the ground. However, these lion dance costumes were pretty simple compared to the more colorful, elborate ones.

      I have so many posts to be written, I don’t know where to start – so it could take awhile! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the links! I heard about pic monkey through the WP photography course I took a while back but haven’t yet given it a try. It’s fun to see your examples of what can be done with it. I guess if I give it a try, it won’t seem like too much work. 😀

          1. Sounds good! As for when? Who knows?! 😀 I got invited to submit to an online cookbook so I’ve been interested in making up recipes… but I keep forgetting to take photos. But when I do, I could try one or two in pic monkey.

            1. Yes! I will. I still haven’t got around to actually getting all the recipe things together yet. *sigh* It seems like a big task but I’m sure once I do it, the ball will be rolling and I’ll figure out what I’m doing. We are allowed to submit recipes that have already been published so that makes things a little easier.

  1. The Tour de Taiwan? I never even knew it existed as well, but it’s great that cycling is catching on over there! Great photo of the action, of the cyclists, but I have to say the lion costumes on the floor with the boy innocently having fun with the drum is my favourite shot. Very off-the-fly, capturing that happy expression, and the Mickey Mouse shirt screams childhood 🙂

    One thing I love about your Taiwan photos is how much life you manage to capture there – so many colours and the city is just happening…if you know what I mean. So many places to visit, walk and have a look at things even if it’s just a few hours on the weekend. Have a good weekend and a good week next week!

    1. Actually, cycling has become very popular in Taiwan in recent years. My husband has always been into cycling, way before it was even considered ‘cool’ in Taiwan. [Hopefully, a topic that he will write a post about.] He was suppose to participate in a 100 KM event on Saturday, in which 12,000 [!!!!] had signed up for, but it was cancelled due to heavy rain.

      I thought it was the perfect example of east meeting west when I saw the lion costumes and the boy with the Mickey Mouse T-shirt.

      I never realized that there was so much to capture here as well. Sometimes I feel that I have gotten so used to everything that I forget about the things that used to amaze me. Writing a book and taking photos of my surroundings have reminded me of all these things [and those feelings] once again.

      1. “Sometimes I feel that I have gotten so used to everything that I forget about the things that used to amaze me.” well said, Constance. Well said.

        Looking forward to your husband’s post. 100KM is a long stretch, he sounds like a bit of a cyclist!

  2. they’ve “copied” our famous Tour de France… 🙂 excellent post – as usually… have a splendid weekend in Formosa – the beautiful island that I often miss… ❤

  3. Usually I love the flowers, but today I love the lion heads. That’s some intricate attention to detail, right there. Does the lion “eat” the cabbage from various shops during the dances in Taiwan?

    1. I have to agree that those lion heads are pretty awesome! As for ‘eating cabbage,’ I am not entirely sure but I don’t think so. These lion dancers performed in front of a temple, so I don’t think they went from business to business.

  4. Aren’t those “flowers commonly seen” azaleas?

    Favorite: orchids and lanterns. (Are those orchids real? Did you use a special lens? They look like paintings.)

    A tip of the hat to “the fallen one.”

    1. I googled ‘azaleas’ and yes, they are! I love flowers but I am not really good at identifying them by name, so thank you for letting me know what they are properly called.

      Yes, those orchids are real and they really look like this [I used no special lens or filter.] You can see several variations of orchids in Taiwan and they are all just beautiful.

      The ‘fallen one’ caught my attention as I was locking the door.

  5. AH! You got Instagram! About time! :p I’ll go on and follow you there as well. I really like that first photo of the fallen leaf – such contrasting colors!

  6. I did not know they did a Tour de Taiwan, very interesting. We watch the Tour de France every year (on tv)…I love getting to see the country side as part of the race. I’ll have to have P look to see if we can find a recording of the Taiwan one. Yay for joining IG, you just need to get some pictures up 🙂

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