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2008 August

19

Aug

Summer Vacation

The ferry ride to Udo
This is a view of eastern Jeju-do from the ferry ride over to Udo.
View from our hotel on Udo
I shot this off the balcony of our hotel. You can see the many oreums of eastern Jeju-do in the distance.

I just wanted to write a quick post about our summer vacation. We had 5 days off recently and we decided to travel to the east side of the island. We first went way out into the middle of nowhere to this oreum. There was supposed to be a traditional Korean shaman ceremony going on, but we ended up getting there too late and missed the whole thing! Nancy and I decided to look around a bit before heading off. Once we finished looking around we came down into this very small village and the next bus was going to come in over an hour. So we started to hitch hike and actually got a ride! The guy was soo cool. He took us directly to our destination absolutely free! Where he dropped us off was on the eastern most part of the island at the ferry terminal. We took a ferry over to Udo island. Udo is a very small island that sits right near sunrise peak. When we landed we rented some bicycles and rode around the island. The trouble is both of us dummies forgot to bring long sleeve shirts and the sun absolutely destroyed my poor arms. I did have a nice jungle hat to protect my head though. Anyway, we rode the whole circumference of the island and picked a hotel to stay at. We went swimming on a nice white sand beach and went out that night for some dinner at a local place where we sat out on the dunes and ate. We spent most of our off time back in Seogwipo just hanging out and snorkeling a lot. It was hard to go back to the grind yesterday after time off!

09

Aug

heat lightning

heat lightning #1
Heat lightning near Halla-san on Jeju-do.
heat lightning #2
Another burst of light in the darkness.
heat lightning #3
The fireworks continued but there was no thunder.

It’s been hot. It’s been humid. Yesterday night was full of heat lightning. A big set of clouds worked their way over top of Halla-san and as they came down the side of the mountain it was like fireworks! I stood outside of my apartment holding my camera for about half an hour trying to get some shots. The mosquitos had a field day with me as I couldn’t move or I’d miss the quick flashes. I’d say I missed ninety percent of the shots I tried to get! It happens so fast that by the time you hit the shutter it’s long gone. Most of the images I did manage to get are because I’d just start shooting when there was no lightning and then hopefully it would start before my 11 image buffer ran out. I would have liked to use a tripod and spent more time fiddling with camera settings for exposure, but I didn’t have the time.