Thursday, May 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday No. 44: Aodi (澳底)

I was driving on the highway along the northern coast of Taiwan two weeks ago by myself. Grace was away for her two-week trip around the world.  I noticed a newly constructed bike path/walkway along the rugged seashore.  At the northern end of the path is a small fishing village, Aodi (澳底), with a very nice crescent shaped sandy beach and restaurants.  From the village the path continues further north alone a coastal road.  The southern end connects to another bike/foot path along the coast.  I have been quite familiar with this area and was very happy that the path has been constructed along the cliff to make the bike path/walkway complete.
  
People dive and fish off this coast, but it could be very dangerous.  When the tide comes in, if these fishermen do not move fast enough, they will be lost in the sea.  They also have to watch out for the sudden big waves, which are also famous for the region.  Maybe that was the reason they hide behind the rock.

I was quite fully equipped as far as photographic equipment concern that day.  I had with me both the 12-24 wide zone on my D300 and 80-400 telephoto lenses on the D700.  When I saw this Black Kite, Milvus migrans flying high above, I tried to get a photo of it.  The picture came out better for the sky.

It circled high above then dived down suddenly into the ocean to catch a fish.  Here it came out behind the cliff.  

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14 comments:

fiziskandarz said...

1. 1st and foremost, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY GRACE!! [ even better with round the world trip huh ] ;)

2. 2ndly, amazing photos! is it hot this time of year in taipei?

3. and not to forget, a great HDR pix too.

4. as for ur question the other day, we just use the normal wide angle [ and those panos, are few stitching images - which is why u can sometimes see 2 of us in the same pix hoho ].. :)

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous, stunning shots! Love the colors, the water and the birds! Happy SWF! Have a great weekend!

Carol said...

Beautiful photos... that walking path has scenic views...

uncleawang said...

Another beautiful scenery & shot from you..I love this.
Have a nice day.

RuneE said...

That is the kind of bird I would have loved to "get a shot at"!

Rinkly Rimes said...

I came to look at your sky and got a terrific trip around the world with Grace as well!

Ishtar said...

Lovely colours! Is the water temperate or cold?

AJEYA RAO said...

Beautiful pics.....You seem to be having a great time traveling in Taiwan.

Dimple's Mom said...

Ni hao, Bradley & Grace!

These are great photos showing your part of the world! I am the one scared for those guys fishing out there as i know exactly that there is danger in that spot.

Happy week-end to both of you. :)

Arlene
http://www.midlifedancing.com/2009/05/sky-watch-friday-52.html

shu said...

Wow! I love the sky in the first photo. Sis

kRiZ cPEc said...

Thanks for the basics of this place and the shots are great, have a nice weekend. :)

Arija said...

The first two shots are so dramatic! Great captures.

Karen said...

Those are some very cool photos !!

Lovely scenic route..

Marc said...

The first picture of the bird in the sky is really great!

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