Emart is a hypermart owned by Samsung. It’s a bit far from my house but it doesn’t take much time or stress to get there because both my apartment and Emart are almost right next to Namdae River and its walking/cycling roads.
This post should probably be called ‘Trips to Emart’ because this photo was made two days before the others on another visit to the store. There is an air force base in Gangneung and jets and planes like this regularly fly over the city, creating a huge amount of noise. (I wonder if the military will reduce the number of flights during the Olympics next year to create a better impression of the city). It’s probably illegal to take a photo of military aircraft, but if they don’t want photos of their equipment they should fly into the city from the sea. Bastards.
You can see Emart in the background with the yellow sign on its roof, to the left of the apartment buildings. Emart is in the northern part of the city, where developed areas and undeveloped areas meet. Also, this might be a protected area of land that puts tight restrictions on building.
Green tractors are not a common sight in Korea. Most of them are red. These two-wheeled machines are versatile and have scores of attachments for different farming tasks. Pumps, winches, ploughs, planters, and so on. You can even take the motor off and use it as a generator or whatever.
The farmer in the background is spraying his cabbages with something. You can also probably see that each row of the field is covered in black plastic. I think this keeps the moisture in the soil, but after the harvest there is a massive amount of plastic that goes into landfills or blows around and ends up in trees.
Some rice fields have already been harvested.
Sesame in the foreground, rice in the middle, cabbage after that, and the rear end of a commercial area in the far background.
I bought an electric bicycle a couple of weeks ago for several reasons. One, it’s got thick tyres that can stand up to the rough sidewalks and roads of Gangneung. I got a lot of flats on my touring bicycle. Two, I can sit nearly upright on it, which is a big relief on the neck when you’ve got a camera hanging on a strap. And just more comfortable, even if you don’t have a camera. I’m not trying to break speed records so I don’t need to be bent over to reduce wind drag. Three, using the electric motor in summer will help me to sweat less. Very important for an Anglo-Saxon body in a southern climate. And four, having pedal assist will extend my range for photography. Now I’ll be able to reach some of the temples and tomb sites up in the hills that were difficult to get to before. And I might not be so exhausted by the time I arrive.
Right! It’s a sunny day with a bit of haze in the sky to reduce contrast so I’m going to hop on my bicycle and go somewhere to make photographs.