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A Bumble bee collecting pollen.

A Bumble bee collecting pollen.

Pollen is a plant protein, it’s a bit like the meat or milk we eat. So bees use lots of it to feed their babies (larva). Bee larvae are like our babies – they are growing very quickly, so they need lots of protein to help them.

Moment

Moment

Street photography is all about capturing the moment. A street portrait artist at the PIFF Square (Busan). It is quite amazing and at the same time moving to think that this artist will never again make the same stroke with his pencil-not even for once. 

Beautiful island 외도

Beautiful island 외도

Beautiful island 외도

Beautiful island 외도

hambaeksan snow hiking

hambaeksan snow hiking

No matter the season, whether winter, spring, summer or fall, Koreans like to hike. It was my first time to hike a snow mountain so I didn’t know what to expect. After 5 hours of walking up and down the several mountains of hambaek in gangwondo, we were able to finish the hike but not without challenge. Early on, I got blisters on my feet so it was difficult to walk and there were times when I felt like quitting but seeing the Koreans hike like it was a walk in a park, I just have to continue and finish the hike. Easily one of the best and memorable hike i have ever done.

Grandmother at Mt. Geumjeong

Grandmother at Mt. Geumjeong

Is hiking a national identity of Korea?

We are not regular hikers but often amused by hundreds of Korean hikers seen around the city with colorful hiking outfit, especially on weekends. One fine afternoon we decided to hike Mt. Geumjeong after visiting Beomeosa Temple. Since, it was already midafternoon, we can see many hikers coming down but only very few were climbing up which made us worry about timing. On the way, we met one grandmother climbing up slowly in her own pace. From her traditional looking Korean dress up, she doesn’t look like hiker from any angle. However, she was wearing nice hiking boot. So, we thought she might be a local resident and asked her about the time to reach the top. She was very friendly with smiling face. She told that it will take 1 more hour to reach the top and also asked us to go ahead as she was climbing slowly. After spending sometime near the foothill, finally we reached the peak. To our big surprise, she was already there sitting and eating alone and admiring the beautiful natural scenery seen from the top. It made us really believe that hiking has become like national identity of Korea.

Andong Walk

Andong Walk

Took a weekend trip to Andong recently to finally see Hahoe Traditional Folk Village. Perhaps the colder season is not the best time of the year to go, however I felt it also gives some insight as to how difficult this sort of living must have been. These days these houses have been converted into pensions with modern conveniences so it's not close to being the same as in the past, but still, the exterior is there. 

 

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

This image was made on my final day of my On-The-Road series, a 17-day, multi-city tour of peninsular South Korea. For the last day, I was caught in torrential downpours in the Seoraksan National Park as the heavens opened. I managed to seek refuge in Sinheung-sa grotto, carved into the rocks of Ulsanbawi. The monks here served me green tea and allowed me to rest in the grotto while the rain died down. I'm going to use this as my once chance to name an image after The Rolling Stones song, 'Gimme Shelter.'

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