Death and Near Death

I almost got nailed by a delivery truck doing an illegal U-turn today while I was riding bicycle.  So I thought these photos were appropriate to publish . . . .

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This is one of my favourite iPhone photos.  I like the composition and I like the inclusion of both life and death in the scene.  In the background are a house and a rice field.  In the foreground are tombs of ancestors.  Respect and worship of the ancestors is important in Confucianism and Korean culture so it’s fitting that here the ancestors are so close to the living.

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Here is a closeup of a stele and two tombs.  I’m not sure there’s any special meaning in this photo (please comment if you find it) but I like the design.

Scenes like these remind me of why I like living in Korea.  Despite the dangers of being anywhere near a street, there are so many beautiful and historical sites to photograph.