|Lantan reservoir, on an overcast and dull day with the mountains in the background obscured by haze.|
|Weather is almost everything in landscape photography.|
|The tunnel mouth under the road which allows the feeder stream to enter Lantan reservoir.|
|Following the feeder stream.|
|Had I been following the feeder stream when I took this picture three years ago, I'd have been about five feet underwater!|
|A junction where the feeder stream is supplemented by a tributary. Note the culvert pipe.|
|The same tributary seen above with the same culvert pipe.|
|Looking further ahead upstream: note the bagged soils, and the freshly dug channel in the clarts to the left of the stream bed.|
|And on and on the feeder stream goes.|
|Yet another tributary (to the left) joins the feeder stream.|
|The trail off to my left running alongside the fence.|
|The trail also ran straight ahead in parallel to the feeder stream.|
|The little trail ended to the right of this image. The farmer's road ran around a bend to the left, but also forked out into another little downhill trail just before that bend.|
|Looking uphill (northward) along the farmer's road. The noise of the freeway could be heard from off to the right.|
The farmer's road had a little trail leading downhill from it, which I reasoned might lead back to the feeder stream. I followed it down into an abandoned banana farm which proved to be a cul-de-sac. So I walked back uphill to the farmer's road and decided that the best thing to do was to return the way I had come to retrieve the motorbike and then find the farmer's road and follow it on the bike, rather than waste more time walking for an uncertain distance.
|Walking back alongside the feeder stream and its' adjacent tributaries.|
Having lost the stream, and feeling tired, hungry and thirsty I decided to take a break. I drove off around to the other side of Renyitan reservoir to where the vendors are permanently encamped to get something to eat and drink. However, once I'd had my half-hour switch off time and returned to the bike I found that the back tyre was flat. I had no idea where the puncture had occurred, but that didn't matter much anyway. Fortunately one of the vendor's caught notice of my predicament and offered to call a repair guy who was open on Sundays. He eventually arrived and sorted me out with a replacement inner tube (NT$400) and I was on my way again.
It was now late in the afternoon, and where earlier there had been only clouds, there was now a little bit of sunlight as dusk approached. I drove over to the access road leading down to the control tower and discovered something I hadn't previously known. The water which leaves Renyitan reservoir to enter the feeder stream for Lantan reservoir is controlled not by a hydraulic portcullis gate as I had previously supposed, but by a variation on the "monk" outlet shaft the upper portion of which was now visible as the water level had fallen so low...
|The top of the "monk" outlet shaft by which water from Renyitan reservoir is transferred to Lantan reservoir via the feeder stream.|
|A long-since abandoned raft made up of plastic pipes and now rotted bits of wood lay partially submerged on the embankment.|