Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stray Dogs of Taiwan

The culture of dog ownership various around the world, and I found another example of that during my visit to Taiwan. Like owning a firearm, dog ownership has its uses and benefits that date back centuries. Such ownership however requires responsibility; responsibility that not everyone is up for. There are many dog owners in Taiwan just like in America, but at the same time, there are those who cannot take responsibility for their dogs, which leads to a problem of stray dogs. While walking through the streets of Taipei, I photographed various stray dogs. You can tell they are stray since they roam around with no human supervision. Some are approachable and others are not. Generally they should be left alone. Some people do leave food out for them.

This one had a collar, but was left unattended at a parking lot.

These two are seen dashing into traffic, causing problems for motorists.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Visit to Taiwan

At the beginning of this year, I paid a visit to the place my parents came from and where the other half of my family tree lives. An island full of history, natural beauty, and people. It is the island located just south east of China, and south of Japan. It has been ruled by various regimes including the Dutch, a couple of Chinese Dynasties, the Japanese, and now the Republic of China. Known formerly as Formosa, the island is now known as Taiwan and is home to over 20 million people. Most of the population consisting primarily of Chinese Descent live in cities along the western side of the island. Along the central and eastern mountains live Aboriginal Peoples who have been living on the island long before the first reliable recording of history was made on the island in the 1600s. It was a great experience visiting an island nation located in the heart of Asia.

Some photographs around Taipei.

The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Like any leader, he is subject to controversy. But he is still considered, the father of the Republic of China and is honored as such. 

Some areas outside of Taipei.

The mountainous region means that you can find yourself above the clouds in certain areas.

 The Formosan Rock Macaque, the only primate living in Taiwan.

A retreat area known as "The One", a prefect place to get away and relax. You take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the scenery while sitting in old fashion Asian architecture.

A large Koi. Although found abundantly throughout the world due to the aquarium trade, it should not be forgotten that these fish are native of Asia.