|On the western shoreline of Wan-Da reservoir looking south from the mid-point, with rain droplets spoiling the lens.|
First shots of the day were taken from above of the hydroelectric power plant. The Nantou 83 makes a steep climb up to Wan-Da reservoir from the downstream valley and in so doing gives marvelous views out over a precipitous fall down to the switch yard...
|View south toward the dam and the adjunctive structures from an overlook to the north at about one third of the reservoir's length.|
|300mm shot of the upstream face of the dam.|
|A couple I had waved "hello" to earlier as they parked their car in front of a pathway down to the shoreline were now making their way eastward across the reservoir on a little boat to get to a floating house. Presumably for fishing.|
|Looking northward over the final third of the reservoir; as the river enters from the bed to the right you can see a vast build-up of sediment and debris, even though the water level is very high.|
|On provincial highway 14 to the north of Wan-Da reservoir looking directly south. The clouds were not as well defined as I would have liked, but I hope to able to take this shot again in better light.|
|The same shot taken with the help of the filter to try to improve it slightly.|
|All three dogs in one shot; I was nervous about feeding them on the hard shoulder, so I led them to a safer "pull-over" spot by the side of the road and hand-fed them three packets of beef jerky each, which is pretty good.|
|I post this image twice because I like it, even though it is spoiled by rainwater droplets.|
I climbed back onto the Nantou 83 by 3 p.m. and began the two hour journey back to Ershui, arriving as expected at about 5 p.m. With the train back to Tainan not due until shortly after 6 p.m. I had a bowl of noodles and a snickers bar to eat while I self-massaged my aching neck. An important finding from this trip was that the money I spent on the rear rack was worth every penny; I suffered only mild discomfort (from sitting in a riding posture too long) and there were no more twisted back muscles.