Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Sea of Flowers 花海

This weekend, Angel took us up to Taichung County to see the "Sea of Flowers" or 花海 (Hua Hai), which is a 30-hectare plot of land filled with a literal sea of flowers up in the mountains.

As it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I was expecting a pretty large crowd up there - and there certainly were a lot of people - but I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't feel very crowded to me at all.

Of course, there is a distinct possibility that my sensitivity to crowds has gone down considerably after almost a year of living here in Taiwan.

We walked around for almost an hour, checking out all of the different flowers, people watching, and taking lots and lots of pictures. It was a lovely afternoon.

The bees were having a field day - literally - check out the huge pollen sacks on this one! (the bright orange ball to the right of the bee's bottom)

Anywhere a crowd has gathered always makes for good people watching, and this was no exception. Here is a fun picture of a middle aged man very seriously posing for a portrait on a little bicycle:

The best part of this scenario was that the photographer here was his son - no more than 5 or 6 years old!

Among the crowd was one particularly fun group - the bikers.
Nick almost felt like he was back in Boulder for a minute!

(Nick asked me to take this picture for you, Ingrid!)

It just goes to show you that no matter what part of the world you are in, bikers still look ridiculous!

But hey, to each his own, everyone was enjoying the flowers and that's what's important :-)


  1. Great photos, reminds me of a farm I visited in Hokkaido, Japan. Any idea how long the flowers are expected to be in full bloom?

  2. That looks like so much fun!

  3. I LOVE THE PICTURE! Ugh, bikers. It's always good that they are all dolled up just to go for a joy ride.

    I'm just catching up now - love the traveling posts, too!