Taiwan

Admiring the Setting Sun

The wind turbines at Gao Mei Wetlands

The wind turbines at Gao Mei Wetlands

Last week we brought the kids to Gao Mei Wetlands  at Taichung, Taiwan. It is my 2nd visit to the Wetlands as I previously visited the place  with R when I was there in April. This time around we brought the whole family there to enjoy the scenery  and watch the sunset.

The boys doing a jump shot for the camera

The boys doing a jump shot for the camera

The kids were happy to go crab and mud skipper spotting that afternoon and were looking forward to playing a round of  ” fastest eyes” to see how many sea creatures they could spot on the way.

The kids looking down from the boardwalk

The kids looking down from the boardwalk

They were fascinated to see mud skippers flipping around on the surface below the boardwalk.  I didn’t take a picture of the mud skipper as it was the same color as the greyish mud it was in.

A female crab

A female crab

I took pictures of the tiny crabs instead. This time we saw more female then male crabs around.

A male crab

A male crab

I guess that it is mating season at the moment as we were treated to a live crab fight while walking along the boardwalk.

Two crabs sparing against each other

Two crabs sparing against each other

It was really interesting watching the two crabs having a go at each other. They were chasing each other and planting jabs at one another. Most probably there was a potential mate waiting  at a distance for the victor of this fight.

Tiger Girl and me posing for a photo

Tiger Girl and me posing for a photo

The weather was really nice. It wasn’t as cold and there was a slight breeze.

A capture of the sun while walking on the boardwalk

A capture of the sun while walking on the boardwalk

It was high tide when we were at the wetlands so we didn’t see anyone going down to have a walk  this time.

The view we had while walking back to the carpark

The view we had while walking back to the carpark

Gao Mei Wetlands is certainly a lovely place to visit. A great place to soak in the scenery while watching the sunset.

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Gao Mei Wetland(高美湿地) at Taichung, Taiwan

The setting sun

The setting sun

It was a magical evening for me at Gaomei Wetlands. Situated in  QingShui (清水) District of TaiChung (台中) it took about a 20 min drive from Tai Chung city.

The information board at the start of the boardwalk

The information board at the start of the boardwalk

It was extremely windy at the wetlands.  The wind turbines which were situated along a water break were  constantly turning and generating electricity.

the inviting wooden walkway

the inviting wooden walkway

R and I took a long slow walk out on the wooden walkway. The winds grew increasingly stronger as we ventured out towards the sea.

A wefie of R and me

A wefie of R and me

The wind made it extremely cold and I wished that I had taken my jacket along instead of leaving it in the car. My hands were icy cold after we returned from the walk.

The right side of the walkway

The right side of the walkway

Two dramatically different scenes unfolded before me while venturing out on the walkway. To the right I could see a sea of lush green grass which was vibrating in the wind.

The view on the left side of the walkway

The view on the left side of the walkway

On the left by stark contrast was the muddy flats of the wetland where if one looked carefully they would be able to spot the tiny inhabitants.

The one big claw crab

The one big claw  fiddler crab

The tiny inhabitants which I am referring to are the fiddler crabs.   They are really unusual as they have an extremely large claw while most crabs which I have seen have claws of the same size.

Another variety of the fiddler crab

Another variety of the fiddler crab

It was really interesting seeing these crabs scuttling along the wetland.  Do you know that only the males have the gigantic  cheliped (Claw).  He waves the “halberd” to attract the females and expel the other males. The female uses two tiny chelipeds to feed.

A wetland white bird

A wetland white bird- Crane perhaps??

Beside crabs we also saw this crane which seems to be fishing. It was  alone and kept lowering it’s head in the water periodically.

A  flock of birds

A flock of birds

I couldn’t get a better close up of this flock of birds as they were rather far away from the  walkway. They too seem to be looking for food.

The crowd admiring the scenery

The crowd admiring the scenery

There were many people who went down to walk in the mud at the wetlands. R and I gave it a miss as we didn’t bring slippers and I didn’t fancy sinking my feet into the squishy mud.

Capturing the sun and sea

Capturing the sun and sea

We waited to see the sun set and it touch the horizon but unfortunately we were unable to see that scene as  it was too cloudy that day.  The sun got covered by the clouds as it set.  Maybe another time if I do get to visit that place again.

 

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