Cebu City, my hometown has experience a high rate of growth in the past 10 years and has become one of the favorite tourist destinations in the country. It is also home to a lot of foreigners, who are either working, studying or enjoying retirement. This has also encourage the opening of new tourist attractions and establishment of heritage sites and museums.
Station 119, Tainan City is one of the old buildings in the city that is lit up during the holiday season. An old fire truck is also decked out with lights, which has been a favorite of little kids to climb up to for holiday photos. Its nice to have the spirit of Christmas in the city, even though its a holiday not really celebrated.
I had the chance to visit and aboriginal tribe here in Taiwan, the 安坡部落 (Djineljepan) Tribe at Pingtung, Taiwan. I noticed that some of the toys were the ones I had played with when I was a kid back in the Philippines. Its interesting to see the cultural similarities of Taiwan and the Philippines. I wish kids would still play these toys, rather than being glued to a computer screen playing video games all day.
Shooting wildlife is always a challenge, and shooting birds in flight has its difficulties; like needing a high focal length to get close to them and certain species are just hard to find and hard to photographed. Luckily for me, just a few minutes from the city center of Tainan City, Taiwan, these water fowl birds are in abundance. The location is perfect, as the golden rays of the sunset strikes the birds as they fly down back to their roosts. Egrets, herons and cranes and other smaller birds can be seen in this unique ecosystem. I sure found a place to get some practice to shoot these wonderful birds.
I was coming back from a short hike up some trails behind a temple at Wushan, Nanhua. On the way back to take pictures of the sunset, these lanterns, which I did not notice on the way up, is now showing some striking colors as it is being lit by the golden rays of the sun. It surely is the golden hour for photographers, the hour before sunset.