Friday, 25 January 2013

Floating heart 野蓮(水蓮)

Canon Kiss X3
EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS USM


These women are cleaning an aquatic vegetable commonly called "floating heart." I had the most difficult time finding the English name for this vegetable. It's not very commonly found, but it's grown in several places in Meinong, Kaohsiung. People usually just eat the stem, which can grow as long as 200cm. They're usually cut into 5cm long sections and then stir-fried. A little crunchy and quite fibrous (thus healthy, but not bad tasting). Since the stems are so long and difficult to clean, farmers get in chest waders and do the sorting and cleaning work in pools of water waist high.

This is probably one of the least tasty ways to eat floating heart: long and tied around a package of dumpling filling wrapped in a sheet of rice noodle.

Canon Kiss X3
EF 100/2.8L Macro IS USM

And a snippet of how it's harvested (at 2'04''):

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Struggling! Aughhhhh!!!

Struggling! Aughhhhh!!!

I am writing to help myself figure something out.

Recently I have been struggling with myself. I am finding myself incredibly boring and driving myself (and probably others) a little crazy. The situation is a bit alarmingly sad. Less than ten minutes ago, I just googled “how to be more interesting.” My goodness.
I’ve enjoyed photography for a while, but I don’t feel much like taking pictures these days. Sometimes it’s because I can hardly keep my eyes open and my mind on what I am supposed to be doing. Other times it’s because I feel so frustrated that my pictures are starting to look so boring. I don’t even want to print and frame them for my walls anymore. Gasp.
For my very incredible job, I get to travel all over Taiwan (and sometimes to other countries), and I appreciate very much that part about my life, but other than work, I have nothing else to think or to talk about. So I guess my life is not boring. Rather, *I* am boring.
Perhaps with the travel features somewhat under control and the basics of photography more or less in my grasp, I could use some new goals.
So if that’s the problem, what’s the solution?
Well, I don’t think I should do anything with the travel features since I just got the hang of them. But for photography, perhaps I can look for different ways of expression. Also, I would really like to read and get together with friends more and go back to studying sketching and woodblock printing. Yes, my new goals. Well, old goals that I am once again revisiting maybe.
Ah, now I can sleep. Good night!

(below are sketches from...a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...)

Monday, 16 April 2012

To my family and friends

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for being so beautiful, both inside and out.

Michella (and her camera)

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks.

Canon Kiss X3
EF 35mm f1.4L USM