Swamped

I am absolutely swamped!

I've been so busy with work and other stuff going on in life that I haven't had time to make any posts and haven't been processing photos at my normal rate!

I'm going to be working on photos all night tonight and hopefully for the next few days to get back on track - So this is just a quick post to show you some of what is coming up and also to show that I'm still alive!

I have had a few interesting posts ready to go for a little while now, but I want to keep all of the Lunar New Year stuff together so that they make a bit of sense. 

The last part of the Spring Festival that I will be taking part in is the annual Lantern Festival. This year the national Lantern Festival is being held near my place and I'm excited that I won't have to travel across the country to get there and will be able to be there for a few nights to cover it.

Over the next week or two I should be finished up with the Lunar New Year stuff and some of the following places are what I'll be posting about -   

Huang Di Dian (皇帝殿) - The Emperors Throne Room

Over the holiday I did one of the hikes that I've wanted to do for a long time. It was a really cool ridge hike in the mountains of New Taipei City and the peak had excellent views. The pictures are all ready to go but I won't be posting until after Lantern Festival! 

Tea Pot Mountain (茶壺山)

Tea Pot Mountain is near the popular tourist town of Jiufen (九分) and although I've done the hike a few times I've never gotten around to posting about it. I have enough good photos now to post some detail about one of the easiest and most beautiful hikes that gives hikers some pretty amazing views of Taiwan's beautiful North East Coast! 

Laomei Reef (老梅石槽)

Laomei Reef is a pretty cool place and one that is quite popular with landscape photographers in Taiwan. I haven't had much time to get to the photos and I think before posting about it that I'll make a second trip out there on a day when the weather isn't very good to get some more long-exposure shots. 

Sheng Hsing (勝興車站) / Long-Teng Bridge 龍騰斷橋

I'll likely combine these two locations together in one post considering how close they are and because the Long-Tend Bridge is just a broken bridge. Sheng-Hsing is a pretty cool old train station in the mountains of Miaoli county and was once the highest train station in the country. The collapsed bridge is pretty cool looking and both attract a lot of tourists. 

Xingang (新港) - Beigang (北港) Lunar New Year Streets

Xingang and Beigang are pretty popular places for Taiwanese people to visit during the Lunar New Year and the streets in front of the two popular temples in both towns are jam-packed with people who visit to go to the popular temples and then do some shopping in the traditional markets around them. I've been visiting these areas during Lunar New Year for a few years now and its always a great time and really great for Street Photography.