Jukheon Reservoir

In the northern part of Gangneung is Jukheon Reservoir, one of three that I know about in the city. A road goes all the way around it with farms and some houses and even tombs. Even if you’re not interested in making photographs, it’s a lovely place to take a walk and the only noise comes from the occasional man in an SUV looking for a place to set up his fishing poles. Fishing is not allowed on the reservoir but there is no enforcement.

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At the entrance to the reservoir is a filial piety park and this pavilion. Someone once told me that pavilions and temples are painted with just five colours. I’m not sure if that is just for temples or all traditional buildings. If this is only five colours, it would appear that different shades of each colour are permissible. Anyway, it’s very nice. A poem called “You and I are One” is engraved on this piece of wood.

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One of my favourite spots at the reservoir is a tomb site with three or so tombs and a number of statues set up around them. I don’t know who the tombs are for because most of the writing is in classical Chinese. I wonder how ticklish that centipede is for the statue.

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This statue looks like he’s walking behind the grassy tomb.

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These are the base and cap of a stone lantern. There are a couple of more at the site.

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A vertical composition of the statue above. He seems more serious here.

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There is a nice stele at the tomb site. Everything is written in classical Chinese. I wonder what it says. Probably, “Exercise and don’t eat red meat or you’ll end up like us.”

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There are some old houses and buildings around the reservoir that are photogenic. Tyres are often used on poor houses and sheds to keep the tin roofs down.

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Another view of the same building. If this wasn’t private land, I would like to get closer and investigate. I bet there are plenty of things to make photos of.

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A few streams run into the reservoir  and this is one of the bridges that cross them. You can see that the rice is nearly ready for harvest. The greens and golds of autumn fields are really beautiful.

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Abstract art? Or just confusing?

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Near the end of the route around the reservoir is a gateball court. Court? Pitch? I like old chairs so I made this photo while sitting on a bench to have a tin of drink and let some sweat dry.

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More gateball stuff.  I have no idea how the game is played, but Wikipedia says it originated in Japan as a variation of croquet. It probably takes up less room than croquet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone under 60 playing it.

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The charming country road eventually comes out on a six lane avenue that connects the Olympic Village neighbourhood with other parts of the city. This shop really wants you to know their name and what sort of things they sell. This is where I catch a taxi back home.

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There is a kind of joke that says the last frame on a roll of film is always a pet. These photos were made with a digital camera but the last frame of the day was of my cat looking behind the curtain at his enemy the vacuum cleaner. He sometimes sticks his head into the closet and hisses at the vacuum, just to remind it who is boss.

I dislike spending more than a few seconds adjusting photographs on computer so I make sure I have exposure and white balance correct in the camera. I use Nikon’s NEF format so I can apply RNI Film’s film simulation and get the colours and tones I like with just one click. Maybe two, if I want to brighten something up a bit. My goal is not to copy film with my digital camera because I have a very good film camera that I often use. I like the RNI Film simulations because of the colour palettes and tones and I don’t have to spend much time getting them.

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