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2017年7月3日 星期一

Destination North Taiwan (終點北台)

As far as our politics are concerned, it's clear whose flag is up and whose down.


But whether our flag is up or down, one can always fly away, at least for a time and visit some exotic places, where the eating habits are quite different.




and look at some fantastic shapes, like those one finds on the grotesque gargoyles of Gothic cathedrals.


From a distance, it's difficult to tell which is a man and which a beast.


If one gets tired of monsters, one can always look at some chocolate cup cakes.


This young couple is ready to start some aerial shooting.


But I continue to explore the crevices.


This is the famous "elephant trunk hole" at the northeast tip of Taiwan, in the suburbs  Xinbei town.


But when one gets closer, it looks more like the head of a dinosaur.


 or perhaps that of an ass?


for more than a mile, there's nothing but sheer cliffs on one side.


and reefs upon deep blue water


But the surface of the sedimentary rock looks smooth.


On can see two different kinds of rocks.


some smooth, some rough.


The combined action of the sea and rain has caused deep fissures.


and sometimes half upturned shell.


 the water has carved out little basins on the softer rocks.



and pock-marked many rocks


Here a whole pack of reptiles and birds

 
opposite some layered platforms.


The morning sun has turned the surface of the sea a bit misty.

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But where there's earth, there's grass.


Below me are another collections of reptiles.


Here and there, one find tiny rock pools.


and wherever possible, tiny plants strive to bloom.


everywhere one looks, one finds stone walls. It used to be a military fortification used by the Taiwanese army.


What's this, fossils of plants?


a bear is looming above me.


The long arm of a gorilla pointing to the head of  another of its kind. or a giraffe reaching out for a pram?


steep gorge plunging right the sea.


The waves are not strong but they never seem to cease


When a wave arrives, it always seeks out crevices


The east side of the cliffs are quite stiff


the rocks seem much flatter on the other side


a hump back whale?

 
Two animals having a face off



sea weeds and mosses never lose any chance to grow.


you won't believe  it, this tiny pool one contained some shell fish.


One can easily see the direction in which the earth's crust is moving


a shell fish embedded in the rocks.


Believe it or not, these are salt deposits from dried up sea water.


harder rocks on softer surfaces.
 


What do you think this is? Is it artificial or natural.


The sea water has turned brown with saw dust.  My guide told me these saw dust were what's left from a log of sweet-smelling tree trunk washed ashore during a typhoon and cut off by those who found it.


the face a man or an owl?


Doesn't the outline looks like that of a man with a sharp nose?


What have we got here?. The "Defender of Tiaoyutai! Fishing trip, any one?

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