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Beautiful insects in Taiwan

In Taiwan there are many beautiful insects. There are also some no-so-glamorous ones, but I’m not going to talk about those here and now. I took some pictures of these insects below on a day trip one spring time a few years ago. We went to an old pottery on the outskirts of Nantou County. The place also had a special wildlife garden and pools full of plants and busy with flying and swimming insects as you can see.

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In this first picture you can see a beautiful dragonfly. Its wings are hard to see, even in the big photo downloaded straight from my camera, they are almost transparent. It’s hard for viewers to judge the size of this insect from this picture but I can tell you the body of this insect is about 5 or 6cm long according to my memory.

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Here’s another dragonfly from the same day. This shot is obviously taken by a pond, you can see the large discs of the waterlily leaves floating in the background. The dragonfly itself is resting on a water lily flower. This dragonfly is beautifully coloured, a very deep and stunning red, it’s a shame that the picture looks so small on this web page. The double wings on this insect are particularly eye catching, the overall look reminds me of a WW1 “red baron” fighter plane!

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Here is another contrast. The butterfly I pictured in this photo is really rather plain in a pale leafy way. However this plainness really helps make a feature of the dual coloured flower upon which it is resting. Of course there’s lots more colourful and wonderful insects in Taiwan but that’s all for now on Taiwan Teapot!

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Taiwanese tea land

Taiwan is famous for its tea. Everyone on the island drinks lots of tea both hot and cold. There are many many kinds of tea in Taiwan, we are famous for growing the best teas in the world but at the other end of the scale there are cheap and cheerful tea shops like bubble tea shops on nearly every street corner!

Today I am writing and showing you pictures of a day trip I had into the Taiwanese countryside to areas famous for growing tea.

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Above is a picture of an ancient tea shop in Nantou County near a temple town named Song Bo Lin.

When you are in the town of Song Bo Lin the air is heavy with the smell of burning incense but when you get out of the town a little and into the surrounding countryside you get to see great expanses of symmetrical tea growing land.

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Above is a typical tea field in this area of Taiwan. The day was slightly overcast but sometimes the sun came through strongly. In the next picture you can see to the right a farmer is tilling the neighboring field of red earth, getting it ready for another crop.

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The land doesn’t look that red from this photo, perhaps its a limitation of my camera. However the next shot reveals what an amazing colour the earth has in this part of Taiwan.

The Song Bo Lin area has many tea growers, it is mountain tea, rather than high mountain tea. However the town is in a valley where it is often filled with moisture and mist. This damp atmosphere gives the tea a wonderful environment for growing and it also has a special flavor due to this environment and red earth.

Incidentally the area also is great for growing ginger.