A quick aerial from my flight around Seoul the other day. Lotte Tower is coming along nicely. The largest building in the second largest metropolis on the planet.
So, I finally got to go flying during daylight and actually see this country a bit from the air.
So, there is a lot of Star Wars stuff out there right now, so I figured I would add my own. I have a small personal project I do when I get some downtime bringing the Star Wars Universe into ours. Its kind of my way to bring the world I imagined as a child into the world I live in as an adult. Here are a few of the images from the project.
I am considering adding a gallery to the site for this project, although I am not sure there is enough there to warrant it yet.
So last weekend, before the cold snap and the snow, I went to Seoul to see the Lantern Festival. As usual, I spent most of the day on a marathon 10+ mile (16+ km) hike around the city. I ended up seeing two palaces, Insadong, Myeong Dong, Namdaemun (again), and various other places. There is always something new to see of do here, and now that the snow has fallen, it time to go see them all again.
Here is a small sampling of the photos from the days travels.
The the food in Korea is amazing!? A thousand ways to use the simple red bean, even in desserts! Kimchi, seafood, and street foods! I have a plan to just take 20,000 in 1,000W notes and just try every street food I find. Anyone want to join me?
Wow, its been almost a month! Things have certainly flown by. Its getting quite a bit colder here, and I presume the snow will start soon enough.
A couple of weeks ago, just as the leaves started turning I took a trip out to Cheonan and Gakwonsa Temple. The big draw at the temple being the 25 meter (75 foot) tall Buddha Amita-Bul located on the grounds. However, the whole temple is gorgeous, peaceful, and quiet, especially as the last light of the sun strikes it. The temple is nestled in the side of a hill and the Buddha is perched on top of the hill above the temple itself. There are a few trails into the mountains and its well worth a couple of hours to explore and enjoy the peacefulness of the grounds.
I decided to wander around Suwon yesterday and go to the Hwaseong Fortress. Little did I know it was the 52d Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival. I literally just stumbled into it, but it was certainly something to see. It seemed to stretch most of the fortress, down into the Jindong Market and up Suwon’s “Chicken Street.” At some point, I saw these two boys wandering around in traditional dress and I had to capture the moment.
I have this little script I came up with in Hangul, and I used it yesterday for the first time in an environmental portrait. It worked! I was actually pretty stoked. Koreans are in general a very warm and much more open people than others I have encountered. Here is the script and the image:
So I found myself exploring the back streets around Itaewon a few days ago. As I was walking down Itaewon-ro looking for a place to eat, I saw some stairs leading up away from the road. I figured it might be worth a look for some nice cityscapes. Little did I know that two hours later I would have walked all the way straight up the side of a mountain, along winding paths, to find myself at Seoul Tower. It was quite the hike!
Finally finished going through my aerials from the other day. Hope you enjoy a different perspective on the world’s second largest city…
So I finally got back to flying this past week. I have to say Seoul is probably the largest city I have ever seen. Bigger than New York, I think. Quite literally the city stretches as far as the eye can see, even from over 1200 feet in the air!