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Here is a short video I made on my iPhone a couple of days down by the river. It’s not something I feel a great urge to share, but I wanted to try uploading media to the website using my phone. Enjoy(?)

Bits and Bobs

I didn’t have enough photos of each location to make a full post so I’m throwing them together here. Enjoy.

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A number of new apartment complexes are going up in my neighbourhood and this is a view of one of them from the back seat of a bus on the way downtown.

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Is watching chillies dry similar to watching paint dry?

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The Sotdae Bridge in Gangmun. A man is helping this elegant woman with her hook.

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Anmok Beach. I never knew there were truck-top tents available. It even comes with a ladder. Interesting idea.

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A man sells silkworm larvae on the boardwalk at Anmok Beach.

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A natural tree stands behind a telecommunications tree. This is next to the Jukheon Reservoir in Gangneung.

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Also at the reservoir is a private cemetery with a number of tombs that I like to visit. What this stele says I have no idea because it’s written in Classical Chinese characters.

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I’ll end the post with another photograph made from inside a bus. This is the taxi stand in front of Gangneung Bus Terminal. I don’t know the date, but it might have been just before the university semester began because all the people in the long queue look like students. The fellow in front is getting into an illegally parked car.

Until next time . . . .

 

Gulsan Temple Site

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This stone marks the site of Gulsan Temple. Gulsan Temple was founded in 851 and was probably closed down by the Joseon Dynasty in the early 15th century. Little remains of the temple now except for two tall, stone flagpoles, the shadows and bases of which you can see in this photo.
iPhone 6s+, Hipstamatic application.

 

Apartment Construction

I live in an until recently undeveloped part of Gangneung. My apartment was the first to be completed last December and now there are about five more complexes under construction or planned for this area. In a couple of years I guess there will be no more fields to walk past.
Right in front of a new construction site is a traditional Korean house that is quite run down. I don’t think it sits on a planned apartment site but surely it can’t be too long before the house is sold and torn down to make way for shops and restaurants.

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With the tower cranes sticking out between the buildings, it almost looks as though the apartment complex is creating itself.

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The house would look lovely if it were fixed up and the grounds cleared up a bit.

Stay tuned to see what the neighbourhood looks like in a few years.

Village of Swallows

There are no swallows in this post. The name of the village I visited last month is Jebi-ri, which is “Swallow Village”. But that sounds a bit odd and vulgar so I named this post “Village of Swallows”. I did see some swallows while I was walking around but they are too fast and small for me to photograph. I’ll leave that to the boys with the very long lenses and patience.

Shingwang Temple Offering at Spring

I had black and white film in my camera when I came across this offering at a spring in ShinGwang Temple. I wanted a colour photo of the fruit so I made one with my iPhone. It looks okay at a small size but won’t be any good for enlarging.

Temple Bell and Speakers

I thought the juxtoposition of the traditional temple bell and the modern speakers was interesting. The temple is very small so I don’t know why they would need these large speakers.

No Unauthorised Cars Allowed

This sign and lanterns are at the entrance to the temple. The sign says “No Unauthorised Vehicles Allowed.” This is probably necessary because the parking area was very small.

Worker Gloves on Stone

There was a small garden at the temple and someone had left their gloves on this flat stone, probably to dry. The temple was unoccupied on the day I was there. It was a Sunday, so maybe they had all gone to church? Oh ho ho . . . . sorry.

Tracks and Corn Field

There is very little grass between the tyre tracks so it might be a regular parking spot. Still, there is something slightly mysterious about these deep tracks that end abruptly at a field of tall crops.

Truck Tracks

This truck was in empty field that was very muddy with tracks.

Blue Former Military Truck

Here is that truck in colour. I see these here and there, usually in logging operations. They are always painted blue. The look like military trucks that were maybe sold to civilians. I wonder if they are painted blue so that they won’t be mistaken for in-service military vehicles.

Sesame Field, Colour

A shed at the far edge of a field of sesame.

Field of Sesame, black and white

Almost the same photo. I changed film and made the photo again. I like the composition of the black and white photo because the shed is bigger, but I think I would like it in colour.

Mailbox and path beside a field

I’m trying to remember the area, but I don’t think this mailbox was close to a house. Maybe the farmer was keeping a few things in it. The fence is made of net but I’m not sure what purpose it serves. Keeps small birds out? Just before I made this photo a cat slipped through the fence and into the field.

Tree and Fence

The same kind of fence enclosing a field and tree. I have a colour version of this but I don’t like it as much.

Clock in Bus Stop

It started to rain heavily so I took shelter in a bus stop and called a taxi. Buses are few and far between in Jebi-ri, especially on a Sunday. No other bus stops have clocks like this so someone in the village must have hung it up there. The time was wrong.

I’d like to visit the village again some day. It’s not far from my house and I can get there on bicycle when the weather isn’t wet. Although the area is quiet and pleasant, there are a lot of dogs tied up on short leashes and they bark and bark and bark when you pass by. Not great when you want to stop and make photos of something. Maybe next time I’ll bring some bones to toss them.