Salt and sky

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A study of contrasting elements.

I captured this image about halfway up the salt mountain in , a rural district in western . This is just about the only view that excises out the remarkable flatness of the surrounding countryside or the tacky tourist nonsense at the base of the so-called mountain. Taiwanese people like to round out their roadside attractions with all sorts of weird and wacky sculptures and what-not but in this case I was most interested in the purity of the elements—of salt and sky.

Taiwan bicycle tour: Budai to Tainan

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Day seven of my bicycle trip around Taiwan began with deep disappointment and ended in delight. I woke up in my hotel room on the main road leading into without a working smartphone. I tried to boot up but it was caught in a loop, resetting itself over and over again. Without a clock in the room I had no idea what time it was but figured there was no rush. There were at least three ferries plying the route to . Surely one of those ferries would sail in the afternoon.

Budai is in oyster country, as these overflowing baskets attest.