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If you’re driving down the two-lane highway that’s the only paved road in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, you can have only one destination — after all, the highway ends at Milford Sound.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Milford Sound, or Piopiotahi in Maori, is one of several fiords in Fiordland. It’s by far the most accessible, and is by some measures New Zealand’s most famous tourist attraction.

We booked a late-afternoon two-hour cruise to allow us plenty of time to make stops along the way to Milford Sound, plus explore the area on foot before embarking on the boat.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

Because our boat was so small, the cruise operators were able to steer us fairly close to waterfalls and other features. They also took us out into the open Tasman Sea for maybe 15 minutes, which was enough to churn my stomach. Other cruise companies do offer longer or overnight durations in larger boats, which wouldn’t be as affected by the water currents.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

I was nursing my second cup of tea inside the boat lounge to try to soothe my roiling stomach when, very unexpectedly, the sun broke through the clouds for the first time that entire day. I immediately jumped from my seat and ran to the stern, where I captured these last two frames before the clouds obscured the sun once again.

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

And, just a moment later:

© 2016. The Milford Sound / Piopiotahi in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

Thank goodness I had several frames left at the end of that roll of film — these final two photos are among my very favorites from the entire trip.

 


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Of New Zealand’s 14 national parks, Fiordland National Park is the largest, arguably the most isolated and perhaps the least touched by humans.

It’s stunning.

© 2016. Te Anau-Milford Highway in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

A single, two-lane highway runs through the park, with only a few unpaved roads branching off. There are a couple established tracks for multi-day trampers, but otherwise, much of the park is inaccessible to visitors. Even before the development of the modern tourism industry, Fiordland has remained largely unmodified by humans because of the steep, glacier-carved terrain as well as moody weather (an annual average of 200 rainy days!) and the resulting thick vegetation.

We drove from Te Anau north to Milford Sound, where we had an afternoon cruise scheduled. On the way, we made a couple stops, including a brief detour down Hollyford Road to hike a bit on the Lake Marian track, from which several falls are visible.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Lake Marian waterfalls track in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get anywhere near Lake Marian itself — roundtrip, the entire track would have taken at least a few hours.

We did stop at “the Chasm” before arriving at Milford Sound. The Cleddau River’s thundering waters have, over time, carved out steep channels and falls in the rock that are visible from a couple foot bridges.

© 2016. The “Chasm” track over the Cleddau River in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The “Chasm” track over the Cleddau River in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The “Chasm” track over the Cleddau River in Fiordland National Park in the Southland region of New Zealand. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Next up: Milford Sound.

 


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There’s a lot of water in New Zealand, and it’s all beautiful.

Our next stop after Fox Glacier was Queenstown, so we took Highway 6 south. It’s a gorgeous route that follows the Haast River, first skirting around the edges of Mount Aspiring National Park and then delving through the park’s eastern sides. We stopped along the way to walk a quick track, cross a couple suspension bridges and see the Blue Pools:

© 2016. Blue Pools in Mount Aspiring National Park in the Wanaka region of New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Blue Pools in Mount Aspiring National Park in the Wanaka region of New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Fun fact about this southwestern part of the South Island: If you stand still for longer than a moment, you will get swarmed by sandflies, which are gnat-sized flying insects that bite. The sandfly hordes were particularly bad when we were on the Blue Pools track, especially near the water, to the point that I worried I’d trapped a couple sandflies in my camera body after I changed lenses.

Onwards down Highway 6, there’s Lake Wanaka and its stunning views.

© 2016. View over Lake Wanaka in the Otago region of New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. “That Wanaka Tree,” a willow tree in Lake Wanaka in the Otago region of New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

That’s an Instagram-famous tree, by the way.

We checked into our Queenstown hotel pretty late, so we explored the historic gold-mining town Arrowton and Queenstown the next morning. Queenstown was by far the single most touristy place we visited, as it’s basically a huge resort town with seasonal adventure activities like bungee-jumping, paragliding, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and more. It was nice to walk around the shops, but it felt good to depart for a quick northbound detour to Glenorchy before going to Te Anau for the night.

The Glenorchy-Queenstown Road is more of a “journey, not the destination” experience, and we lucked out with some gorgeous weather on our scenic drive.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

For the first half of this trip, I was obsessed with ferns. For the second half, I was obsessed with lupins.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road in the Otago region of New Zealand. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Glenorchy is a super teeny town, and we fortunately found the one gas station before it closed at 5 p.m. After filling up our tank, we returned down the same road and then on to Te Anau, where we’d spend the next two nights.

 


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The day after we relished golden sunshine and gallivanted on West Coast beaches, we were supposed to be ice-hiking on one of New Zealand’s two major temperate maritime glaciers.

But iffy weather made for less-than-ideal conditions for the helicopter flights necessary for taking us to and from Fox Glacier. Fortunately, we’d anticipated that weather could be an issue for the helicopters and so had already budgeted in an extra day in the area. So we spent the day hiking to see the glacier and then exploring the village.

© 2016. Pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

The pedestrian track to view the glacier’s terminal face is initially pretty level, following a stream that flows from the glacier.

© 2016. Pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. View from the pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Then, the path becomes quite steep as it goes straight up the side of the valley, with no switchbacks. The worst part is, plenty of signage warns visitors to keep walking and not to stop, because the risk of rockfalls is so high. We arrived panting heavily at the path’s terminal, where we could finally get a good view of the glacier.

© 2016. Pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Pedestrian track to view Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

The next day, we returned to the Fox Glacier Guiding building and were delighted/relieved that the weather had cleared sufficiently for us to go on our ice hike. After getting a rundown on glacier and helicopter safety, we walked to the pad with the rest of our tour group: a couple with a young daughter, a brother and sister on holiday and three young women.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

Once on the ice, we met our guide, strapped crampons to our boots and began our three-hour hike.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

Our guide took us down the glacier from the helicopter landing area, where he knew there would be more interesting formations. He’d go on ahead of us, carve out steps in the ice if there was a slippery area and find features like crevices and ice caves that we could explore, once he’d inspected them for safety.

I’d heard that glaciers are constantly changing and moving, but there’s also the phrase “glacial pace,” so I asked him how dramatically the glacier changes. After a pause, he compared the glacier to a baby — day by day, it doesn’t seem to change much, but if you looked at it week by week or month by month, the differences are much more obvious.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast, New Zealand. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

The glacier hike was far and away the most expensive single experience we had in New Zealand, but we agreed it was absolutely worth it. Seeing the terminal face from the pedestrian track was awe-inspiring by itself, but it’s impossible to get a good sense of the glacier’s vastness until you’re flying over it or are exploring it on foot.

 


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On the second day of New Zealand summer, Jeff and I took a ferry across the Cook Strait, tasted wine at a Blenheim winery and drove halfway down the entire South Island on the West Coast, surviving some hairpin turns on the Great Coast Road, making spontaneous stops at Tasman Sea beaches and famous rock formations and then hurtling south past a glorious sunset and under a brilliant canopy of crystal-clear constellations on the clearest night we’d had yet.

It was a long, glorious day from Wellington to Franz Josef Glacier.

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

New Zealand, we found, has nicknames for its major highways — Highway 5 south out of Rotorua is the “Thermal Explorer Highway” — and the Great Coast Road lives up to its name. After enduring mostly cloudy skies for much of our North Island escapade, we were overjoyed to see beautiful, golden sunshine as we drove down the South Island’s beautiful West Coast.

The Great Coast Road offers access to a number of small Tasman Sea beaches. We happened to pull off at the Fox River Beach, where we discovered the tide was low enough for us to cross the rock-lined river mouth…

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

…to access a really pleasant sandy beach with towering rock formations.

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Oh, and a beach cave:

© 2016. Fox River Beach on the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

We also took one of my favorite photos of us together on the trip at this beach:

© 2016 by Jeff Lautenberger. Self-timer on a DSLR camera.

After brushing the sand off our feet, we got back in the car and continued racing southward, trying to see as much of the West Coast for as long as we could before the sun set.

© 2016. Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Fortunately, we arrived at Punakaiki at just the right time.

© 2016. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Punakaiki itself is a “blink and you’ll miss it” community on the West Coast Road. To access the Pancake Rocks (which are limestone formations 30 million years in the making), you park in a car park on the east side of the highway, cross the highway and start walking on a paved trail. It couldn’t be simpler.

© 2016. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

As for the “Blowholes” part? The tide was too low for us to experience the sea waters roiling and bursting about the limestone formations. I was happy enough that we got to enjoy the view on such a fine evening.

© 2016. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Paparoa National Park in the West Coast, New Zealand. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

After we’d walked the entire trail and relished the sunlight, we got a small pizza at Pancake Rocks Cafe and then continued our drive southward under what would be the only night sky clear enough for us to see the stars. Ironically — because our trip hashtag was #wherethestarsarestrange, in reference to being in the southern hemisphere — I couldn’t find a safe spot in the utter darkness to pull off the highway so we could enjoy the stars.

I guess we’ll just have to go back.

 


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The day after we toured the Hobbiton Movie Set, we hiked a short ways on New Zealand’s largest active volcano. It was very cold and windy, but I guess that’s the better alternative to violently erupting.

© 2016. Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Before driving halfway up Mount Ruapehu, which also happens to be the highest point on the North Island, we hiked the ridge track. In retrospect, one of the waterfalls tracks might have been better — plus, the Forbidden Pool scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was filmed at one of those waterfalls.

But, after enjoying the lush rolling hills of the Shire, it was nice to get back into real mountains.

© 2016. Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

Of course, as soon as we were driving south outside the park, the clouds parted over us and so we pulled over for this quintessential New Zealand scene:

© 2016. Outside Tongariro National Park in Ruapehu District, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

We then drove on to Wellington, where we would stay the night before boarding the ferry for our South Island adventures. Before turning in for the night, we visited the Weta Cave and then, on a whim, went to Mount Victoria.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Mount Victoria is a hill in the middle of Wellington that offers excellent views of the city and of Cook Strait. There are some residential areas on the slopes of the hill, plus a tunnel runs underneath to connect the sides of the city.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

A couple of scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed on Mount Victoria as well (the hobbits hiding from the Ringwraiths, plus Dunharrow), which only deepened our appreciation for talented film location scouts. But the web of trails, with many variations in grade, is excellent for anyone looking for exercise. We shared the trail with bikers and runners alike, as well as two women walking their dogs and cat.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

 


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There are no hobbits in Hobbiton.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Before we left for our New Zealand honeymoon, I joked that the whole trip would be a failure if we didn’t find hobbits at the Hobbiton Movie Set. We spent several hours there and saw nary a hobbit, but our evening banquet tour was nevertheless one of the most delightful things I’ve ever experienced.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

We booked the evening banquet tour, which was a solid choice because:

  • Our tour group was the last on the property, so there were no groups crowding behind us and the hardcore fans among us could lag behind the more casual tourists;
  • We ate to our hearts’ delight during the hearty, rich and plentiful banquet at the Green Dragon Inn, which was especially welcome after a couple days of light eating;
  • We had a second, twilight tour of the movie set after the banquet, so we got to see the hobbit holes lit up and had the entire set to ourselves.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

The actual movie set is not super large — when we watched The Fellowship of the Ring recently, I could see how economical the cinematographers were in utilizing every angle of the set to make it seem like Hobbiton was a bucolic sprawl when in fact the entire walking paths could easily be trod inside of an hour. But this just added to the magic of getting to see the set in person. Even Jeff, a cynic, was enchanted by the evening’s end.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 400+3, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 400+3, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 400+3, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 400+3, Pentax 6×7.

 


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When we found ourselves with some free time between cave tours and our Hobbiton Movie Set evening banquet tour, we found ourselves at the Hamilton Gardens.

© 2016. English Flower Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Modernist Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

Built on the remains of a rubbish dump, the Hamilton Gardens is a collection of 21 gardens themed by different varieties of architectures, lifestyles and traditions. It’s technically not a botanical garden, but it might just be one of my favorite gardens I’ve ever visited. Each garden led to another, or sometimes several. After spending a couple hours underground touring the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Ruakuri Cave, it was lovely to explore this maze of green growth.

© 2016. Modernist Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. English Flower Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Indian Char Bagh Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Indian Char Bagh Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Indian Char Bagh Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Italian Renaissance Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Italian Renaissance Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Kitchen Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Kitchen Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Tropical Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Tropical Garden in Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

 


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Growing up, I took only a mild interest in my family’s history. As second-generation Chinese-Americans, my brothers and I knew the basics of how our parents’ parents had carved out their space in the U.S., but we weren’t pressured too hard to go into engineering, finance or law. (There was some pressure, but I did become a journalist and my parents still love me.) We didn’t speak Chinese at home, but my mom passed on the important lessons — remove your shoes when you enter a home, top off others’ teacups before refilling your own, education comes first — and we still got red envelopes on Lunar New Year.

But over the past couple of years, I’ve begun asserting my identity as a Chinese-American. Maybe it’s because I see my young niece and nephew and I wonder how I’ll pass on my heritage to my rhetorical children. Maybe it’s because I regret the error of my flippant childhood/adolescent/young adult attempts at pretending — or hoping — I wasn’t any different than the people I went to school with. Maybe it’s because I know my parents, uncles and one remaining grandparent aren’t getting any younger and there remain untold stories that I want to hear, but I don’t know enough to ask.

Perhaps it’s because I have a belatedly newfound appreciation for the challenges and struggles immigrants face, no matter when they came to the U.S., and I am proud of what my family has accomplished in spite of the obstacles that were strewn across their paths.

So, lately, I’ve taken a greater interest in my family’s history. A couple months ago, I got to join my grandmother on the most personal, once-in-a-lifetime trip I can imagine taking. When I haven’t been working on my print shop or moving across town or traveling once again, I’ve been culling and editing the film I shot in China with my grandmother. I finally finished going through it last night. And I apologize if this just makes me a massive jerk, but there are a few more things I need to do before I can share the film here or anywhere.

But I’m really excited.

So, in the meantime, I’m just going to share a couple photos I took in May of my dad’s home in San Francisco Chinatown, where he and my grandparents and uncle lived when they first came to the States in the 1960s.

© 2016. Near San Francisco Chinatown. Saturday, May 6, 2017. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

I’m sorry I’m a jerk.

The film will come.

© 2016. Near San Francisco Chinatown. Saturday, May 6, 2017. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

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When we travel abroad, we’re fascinated by the familiar. For Jeff, this often means fast food chains with a “local” twist; for me, plant life that I didn’t expect to encounter on another continent.

Such as California redwood trees.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

If you drive about 5-10 minutes out of the city of Rotorua in New Zealand’s South Island, past some homes and warehouses and auto shops, you’ll come to Whakarewarewa Forest. There’s a visitors center, an extensive web of trails in constant use by runners, walkers, cyclists and horseback riders… and a stand of California redwoods.

Among other native and exotic plant life, as well.

We visited Whakarewarewa in the late afternoon, as the trails swelled with after-work users. But no matter how long we had to wait, on occasion, for the trails to clear enough for us to get people-less photos, the forest never felt crowded.

What a beautiful, and priceless, resource.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400+2, Pentax 6×7.

 


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We live in a very strange, very beautiful world. Take, for instance, Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.

© 2016. Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

The valley, formed in 1886 after a volcanic eruption outside of Rotorua, is now a tourist attraction that markets itself as the world’s youngest geothermal system. Frying Pan Lake, one of the more famous features, averages a temperature of 131° Fahrenheit, resulting in a steaming surface, and has a pH of 3.5. But amid the geysers and hot springs and extremely acidic waters is an abundance of vegetation and microorganisms that repopulated the valley after the eruption.

© 2016. Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hot Water Creek and Springs in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Cathedral Rocks and Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hot Water Creek and Springs in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Hot Water Creek and Springs in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Bird’s Nest Spring in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Inferno Crater Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mt Haszard hiking trail in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Warbrick Terrace in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Warbrick Terrace in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Warbrick Terrace in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

 


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Our first morning in New Zealand, we got to be the early bird who were handed lemons and made lemonade.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Our first day in New Zealand gave us a good preview in the temperamental weather patterns we’d experience for the rest of the trip: Widespread cloud cover would give way to brilliant sunshine, only for a quick and cold rain shower to emerge out of nowhere, and vice-versa.

Our second day was much of the same. We left Auckland early enough to laugh at the morning radio hosts fretting over why Angelina didn’t invite Brad for Thanksgiving and arrived at Hahei Beach for an 8:45 a.m. sea kayak tour to Cathedral Cove. The sky was blue, the water was clear and we were ready to go.

But the winds were unusually strong, so the tour guide canceled the tour for safety. Undeterred, we drove to a half-full public access lot and hiked to Cathedral Cove instead.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

When we arrived, there were maybe a dozen other people on the entire beach, and it almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. We left our sandals on a tree trunk near the trail and began exploring. It was a gorgeous morning, and life was good.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

By the time we left, an hour later, the beach was fuller and we encountered more people on the trail that took us back to the now-full parking lot. I’m not sure when we would have arrived at the beach had we kayaked from Hahei, but as disappointing as it was to have that tour canceled, I’m pretty okay with the way things worked out.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Te Whanganui-A-Hei / Cathedral Cove Marine Preserve in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

 


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“I have crossed many mountains and many rivers, and trodden many plains, even into the far countries of Rhûn and Harad where the stars are strange.”
— Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

For our much-belated honeymoon, Jeff and I crossed the equator for the first time and spent two weeks in New Zealand, where we hiked a glacier, walked through a redwood forest, explored the world’s youngest geothermal system, cruised a fiord Rudyard Kipling called the eighth Wonder of the World and, of course visited the Hobbiton Movie Set.

It was all Jeff’s fault.

When we were floating ideas for a honeymoon, I wasn’t sure how big we could or should go. There are plenty of places in the U.S. I’d love to see for the first time or revisit. But when he suggested Middle-earth, there was no looking back.

So, a year and a half after our wedding, we found ourselves in Auckland, jet-lagged but high on adrenaline, as we navigated highways, roundabouts and Christmas parade road closures while driving on the “wrong” side of the road. Once we unloaded bags and took a quick shower at the hotel, we immediately went out again, eager to explore and not waste a minute of our long-expected journey.

© 2016. St Kevin’s Arcade, at the start of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. St Kevin’s Arcade, at the start of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. St Kevin’s Arcade, at the start of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The walk to Myers Park from St Kevin’s Arcade, part of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The walk to Myers Park from St Kevin’s Arcade, part of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Edwardian-era Queen Street Shops, dating to 1909, part of a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Women’s Suffrage Memorial mural, depicting Amey Daldy, Anne Ward, Lizzie Frost, Matilda Allsopp, Elisabeth Yates, Annie Jane Schnackenberg, Fanny Brown and Ida B. Wells, in Te Hā o Hine / Khartoum Place, as seen on a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Vulcan Lane, as seen on a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Auckland harbor, as seen on a self-guided walking tour through Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Sheep and the Auckland cityscape, as seen from One Tree Hill Domain in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Cornwall Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Sheep graze in Cornwall Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Cornwall Park, as seen from One Tree Hill Domain in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

 


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I’m pleased to announce I have opened an online storefront for my travel film photography!

I work full-time as a newspaper photographer, but keep things fresh by shooting film. Film isn’t “just” a novelty — thanks to a beloved mentor and friend, it’s how I fell in love with photography and why I switched my journalism school emphasis from reporting to photojournalism. It’s what I shoot when I travel, stateside or abroad. It forces me to slow down, makes me consider everything that goes into a single frame, gives me a physical, tangible thing. It brings me joy.

Over the past two years, in large part thanks to an online workshop I joined, I’ve been shooting more film that I’ve shared here and on Instagram. Friends and strangers have asked how they can purchase prints. For a long time, I had no good answer.

Now, I’m excited to have an answer and to share my joy. A selection of the film photography I’ve shared on my blog is available for purchase at http://prints.christhedunn.com. More photos from more adventures will be made available as they are ready.

Photographs are meant to be seen and shared. They were never meant to sit in a hard drive, on a smartphone or even in a binder, seen only if someone knows they’re already there or stumbles upon them by accident. When displayed, photographs instantly bring walls to life, brighten up shelves and tell viewers a story. When printed and treated with care, photographs can last more than a lifetime.

Please take a few moments to browse my print shop, and don’t forget to check back every now and again! I have so much more film, and so much more joy, to share in the months to come.

I am proud to partner with Musea Lab, a Tennessee small business dedicated to ensuring the highest-quality photographic prints possible.

I’d like to thank my friends and family who’ve encouraged and advised me through the months of getting everything ready, as well as my FIND in a Box family for cheering me on the entire time. Special thanks to Jeff, who of course has been there every step of the way.

© 2016 by Jeff Lautenberger.

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When we visited California earlier this spring, I was fascinated by the trees.

“I like that tree,” I’d tell Jeff. A minute later, I’d see another: “Oh, that one’s nice.”

It wasn’t just trees, though. I loved the flowers, the succulents, the plants that flourished in tidily maintained spaces and those that found life on bare rock faces and in the sand.

When we returned to California this fall, that same fascination arose, as well as the same, often one-sided conversations.

“That succulent is really nice. Did you see that tree, and its bark?”

We spent our last full afternoon in California in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a seaside town known for its fairytale-like cottages and storybook-like village center. It was utterly charming, but it just so happens the only pictures I made there were at two very different churches — and their respective gardens.

First up, San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, otherwise known as the Carmel Mission.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

Then, we happened to pass by a smaller church whose garden — open to the public — was pure joy.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Church of the Wayfarer garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

That’s it for my fall California film — but rest assured, there’s a boatload of New Zealand film at the lab this very minute!

 


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When Jeff and I spent an all-too-brief weekend in Monterey, Calif., with my brother Matt and his family, touring the Monterey Peninsula’s 17-Mile Drive was a very last-minute decision. I’d previously read briefly about the drive, which navigates private neighborhoods, upscale golf courses and the Pacific coastline, but wasn’t quite sold on the idea until about 30 minutes into it. To everybody’s surprise, driving the 17 miles ended up taking several hours because there were so many beautiful stops along the way, and turned out to be a magnificent way to spend almost the entirety of a beautiful, late October morning.

We started our drive at the Highway 1 gate, where the toll guard handed us a brochure with descriptions of 21 designated points of interest. First up were Shepherd’s Knoll and Huckleberry Hill in the Del Monte Forest:

© 2016. Morning fog in the Del Monte Forest on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Morning fog in the Del Monte Forest on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Del Monte Forest, as seen from the Shepherd's Knoll vista point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Del Monte Forest, as seen from the Shepherd’s Knoll vista point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Huckleberry bushes on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Huckleberry bushes on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

After we meandered back down toward sea level, the views suddenly changed:

© 2016. The Restless Sea vista point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea vista point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

After you pass the Inn & Links at Spanish Bay, the drive follows the Pacific coast through to the end. While much of the actual coastline is rocky and off-limits to visitors, Spanish Bay was a beautiful beach with picnic tables and wooden boardwalks.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Spanish Bay on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Portra 400, Pentax 6×7.

After Spanish Bay, many of the points of interest began to blend in together, as the coastline became rockier.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Golfers tee off at the 14th hole of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Dune Course near Point Joe alongside 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Golfers tee off at the 14th hole of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Dune Course near Point Joe alongside 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. A flock of birds over the Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. A flock of birds over the Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Restless Sea on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Pescadero Point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Pescadero Point on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

So many views on 17-Mile Drive were breathtaking, and well worth the $10-per-vehicle toll. We took our time going through it on a Monday morning, and never felt crowded at the stopping points except at Bird Rock. Golf enthusiasts may enjoy getting the chance to pass through at least six different golf courses on the drive, while bird watchers have several points at which they can observe various shorebirds.

© 2016. The Lone Cypress on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. The Lone Cypress on 17-Mile Drive in Monterey County, California. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Ektar +2, Pentax 6×7.

And for two photographers and the parents of two young, walking children? The drive was a great way to kill a few hours and burn through a couple of rolls of film.

More California/Carmel-by-the-Sea film coming up, soon!

 


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Jeff and I won’t see my family for Christmas this year, so when we found super-cheap roundtrip flights to Los Angeles, we immediately arranged a somewhat impromptu trip to meet my brother Matt and his family in Monterey at the end of October.

On our way from LAX to Monterey, Jeff and I stopped at Morro Bay just as the sun was sinking into the clouds over the horizon.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Morro Bay, California. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

We met up with Matt, Emily, Layla and Henry in Monterey, where we shared a big hotel suite for the weekend, and the next morning we all piled into a minivan to Big Sur. From there, we’d work our way back up north on Highway 1.

© 2016. Layla at Lucia Lodge off Highway 1 on Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Layla at Lucia Lodge off Highway 1 on Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Big Sur in Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Big Sur in Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

On the drive down to our southernmost point of the trip, the weather was gnarly — once, we pulled over so I could look at a vista, and my hair blew out sideways in the pelting rain as soon as I opened the car door. So we took a long, leisurely lunch in Lucia before heading back north. Fortunately, this tactic paid off at the very, very end.

© 2016. Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Layla and the bubbles at Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Layla and the bubbles at Mill Creek Picnic Area off Highway 1 in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. View from McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. View from McWay Falls trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, California. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Portra 160+1, Pentax 6×7.

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Last month, Jeff and I took a two-day trip north to Corning, N.Y. After we made our own glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, Jeff surprised me with an afternoon excursion Watkins Glen State Park, which is famous for its sheer river gorge that features 19 different waterfalls. Had I known we’d be exploring the gorge, I wouldn’t have brought my Mamiya C220, which shoots square frames, but here are some of the pictures I made:

© 2016. The Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. The Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Portra 400+1, Mamiya C220.

The next afternoon on our way back to York, we took a detour to visit Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Jeff had been billing it as “the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” (to be fair, many others refer to it as such), but when we arrived just before sunset, I felt a little let down. The fall foliage couldn’t be beat…

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

…but after exploring the Watkins Glen gorge and having visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona as well as Palo Duro Canyon in northern Texas, I couldn’t see anything canyon-esque about Pine Creek Gorge.

It’s a very nice river valley, though.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

© 2016. Pine Creek Gorge in northern Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Portra 400, Mamiya C220.

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As I wrote in my first Taiwan blog post, the point of the trip was to surprise my grandma for her birthday. When we weren’t exploring different parts of Taipei, we spent time with my grandma, which often involved meals, which frequently included her circle of friends.

The biggest meal was a birthday lunch hosted at a Neihu District restaurant by three of my grandma’s oldest friends whose husbands had all served in the Republic of China’s Navy with my grandpa in World War II. The husbands have died after enjoying decades of friendship, but their widows are still close friends. It was certainly the most lively meal we had in Taiwan, with a lot of delightful banter that I couldn’t understand but still enjoyed.

After the meal, I took portraits of each of the women, as well as my grandma, outside the restaurant:

© 2016. After Grandma's birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. After Grandma’s birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. After Grandma's birthday lunch in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. After Grandma’s birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. After Grandma's birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. After Grandma’s birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Grandma, after her birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Grandma, after her birthday lunch with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Grandma (far left) with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Grandma (far left) with friends in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

Then, the women parted ways, either by taxi or subway:

© 2016. Grandma says farewell to a departing friend who boarded her taxi, in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Grandma says farewell to a departing friend who boarded her taxi, in Neihu District. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

© 2016. Grandma on the subway out of Neihu Station. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6x7.

© 2016. Grandma on the subway out of Neihu Station. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Portra 400+1, Pentax 6×7.

Growing up, my brothers and I would see our grandparents every Sunday for dinner, but I’d never spent much time with my grandma until this trip to see her in Taiwan. It was really lovely getting to learn more about her life and character as we sat together for breakfast every morning, and to meet so many of her friends throughout the week. It was also very special to me, as a photographer, to get to photograph my grandma in her own country, on film. I only wish we’d been able to do this sooner, and that we might be able to do it again in the near future.

That’s the last of my Taiwan blog posts (until I visit again?!). Here’s a quick rundown of the previous ones, if you happened to miss any:

  1. Welcome back, Grandma
  2. Da’an District
  3. Xinyi District
  4. Guandu Temple and Beitou District
  5. Huiji Temple on Zhishan
  6. Taipei by night
  7. Spirited away in Jiufen
  8. Jiufen by night
  9. Lungshan Temple of Manka
  10. Bopiliao Old Street
  11. Maokong Gondola
  12. National Palace Museum
  13. Day market
  14. Night markets

 

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As I wrote before, the first thing you’ll hear about when planning a trip to Taipei is the night markets — and for good reason.

© 2016. Lin Jiang Street Night Market in Da'an District. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Lin Jiang Street Night Market in Da’an District. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market, in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market, in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

Night markets are street markets that begin operating just before sundown and close late at night. Many began as a collection of goods and food vendors clustered around temples, and now tourists and locals alike can choose from the larger, destination night markets as well as the more suburban, lesser-known, localized night markets. We visited both large and small night markets. Regardless of size, you’ll usually find that stores facing the street will fling their doors open to sell household goods or clothes, while food vendors will crowd the sidewalks and the middle of the street to hawk their xiaochi, the snacky foods at which Taiwan excels.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market, in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market, in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

Shilin Night Market is one of the largest in Taiwan, and even featured carnival-like games on one edge of its expanse. There’s also an underground food court area that’s almost as crowded as the street level. At one point, I asked my uncle Doug whether Taiwanese locals go to night markets, or if we were just surrounded by fellow tourists. He said night markets attract both — it’s a social thing to do, and the food is so cheap and easy to share.

Unfortunately for me, by the time we arrived at night markets at the end of the day, Taiwan’s oppressive humidity had sapped much of my hunger and appetite. The snacks I did try were delicious, though, and there was no shortage of food options. Night markets, especially the larger ones, can be overwhelming due to the sheer number of vendors, pedestrians and bright lights, but I think we succeeded in trying the foods we’d wanted to, and in immersing ourselves a bit in Taiwanese culture.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

© 2016. Shilin Night Market in Shilin District. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. CineStill 800T +2, Canon EOS A2.

 


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