The February Numbers.

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– took a long fourteen days off work and did nothing but eat, sleep, read, watch TV, take photographs
– received twenty-six red envelopes from my elders as wishes for the new year
– ate three enormous dinners with my extended family
– met three brand new babies and reunited with two toddlers
– spent an amazing time with four of my oldest friends in the world
– developed three rolls of film, another three waiting to go to the lab, two more in cameras (unfortunately, I forgot to load a black and white in February)
– went to the gym five times (blaming it on the lunar new year holidays, will do much better in March!)

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Negative0-26-24(1)1Kodak ColorPlus 200, Olympus Mju II

Pink Jewels.

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We didn’t make any plans to go see cherry blossom trees back in Spring – the rain has been terribly excessive this year and that has made it hard for the flowers to stay on the trees. I did walk past this lonesome tree on one my walks, though, and I marveled at the pink jewels for a bit before I moved on.

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Cherry Blossoms in Black and White.

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Well, it’s true that you probably can’t even tell these are cherry blossoms but I’d like to think that leaves a little room for imagination. The truth is I was walking home from a cafe and these were blooming at the side of the street, calling at me. I only had black and white film with me in my camera but what the heck, right? The cherry blossoms are only here for such a short time each year.

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Cherry Blossoms at Wulai.

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Back in March, I mentioned that we decided to stay in Taipei for cherry blossom viewing (also known as hanami). We headed to Wulai (烏來) in hope of trees in full bloom but I think we went a little too late – the sakura went into bloom so much earlier this year! It was brutally hot when we arrived at almost noon, although I don’t think you can really tell in these pictures, thanks to the blueish tones of the Solaris film. We spent about an hour walking around waterfalls and gondola area before heading to the Old Street in the afternoon but that’s another post all together.

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Negative0-35-2A(1)Ferrania Solaris 100, Canon FTb