I had the opportunity to head back up into the mountains on Monday through Majia village to the Shalawan waterfall area with my fly rod in tow. Having seen several good 8-10" fish in this pool above the waterfall earlier in the season, I hoped to snag a bite or two, but the fish stayed at the bottom all afternoon. The water was incredibly clear and I could easily spot them on the bottom a good 15' down without sunglasses. It also didn't help to have two wild girls running through the water and climbing around on the edges of the pools, but then again, fishing was not the primary goal for the trip and the place is so spectacular it was hard to be too upset!
If you haven't made the trip to Shalawan, the drive alone is worth the time even without the short hike at the end. The access road climbs along the contours of the river valley below, snaking eastward and upward toward the northwestern flanks of Beidawushan北大武山 the southernmost 3000m peak on Taiwan. There are several good blog guides to the area. We used Taiwan's Waterfalls the first time we visited, but Follow Xiaofei also has some great photos and videos of the area. Incidentally, if there are any birders out there, I've seen and heard Plumbeous Redstarts around the pools above the waterfall every time I've been there (August & October 2015, March 2016).
This video showed up in my FB feed a couple of weeks back. The timing is so good; I still laugh every time that I watch it. If you bird, or live with a birder, there are probably a few lines in here that you'll identify with.
Kate was looking for a new banner for her website, sounds & bites. She had a general idea in her head of what she was looking for but it was tough to decide without actually seeing it, so about a week back I put her ideas together into a sort of working draft (sounds & bites 1, posted below). Using that, we tweaked color selections for brighter, more standard colors. We also decided to swap out the vintage radio for the Tivoli Model One that we have, use, and love. Here's the final result, which I'm quite pleased with.
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