Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cheong Gye Cheon stream (Photo-essay #2)

Earlier today, I received an e-mail from a friend (and sometime visitor to this blog) in which he asked was Korea as good as I've been presenting it to be on the blog. In response, I told him that I wasn't planning to migrate there any time soon but would like to visit again before too long. For, in all honesty, if all of my vacations could be filled with experiences like walking on the walls of Hwaseong Fortress or along the banks of Cheong Gye Cheon stream, I really would be very happy indeed.

And on the subject of the latter, here's another photo-essay showing of what I saw while walking along the banks of that waterway whose rejuvenation truly is admirable indeed. (And yes, it did get me wishing that the Hong Kong authorities could be even half as respectful -- and inspired in their treatment -- of Victoria Harbour...):-

View of Seungyo, the eighth from the west of
23 bridges over the Cheong Gye Cheon stream --

not far from where we left off in my
previous photo-essay

Looking east towards Saebyeokdari --
two bridges east of Seungyo

Look below the surface and you will behold
lots of little fish swimming in the stream

The sun light creates patterns and shows
once more how beautiful nature can be

What look like round stones atop flat stones
actually are fat ducks sunning themselves --
and the orange colors on the water actually are
the reflections of an orange-colored structure nearby!

Just three pillars remain of the old
Cheonggye (highway) Overpass that previously
stood over
the Cheong Gye Cheon stream

The Naebu Expressway continues to pass over the
far eastern section of the Cheong Gye Cheon stream

For all this though, my abiding memories of the stream
is of it being an idyllic oasis in the urban jungle


ewaffle said...

The bridges are lovely and look to be a close to perfect setting for photography. There is a lot that can be done with bridges in an urban environment to make things a bit nicer. Since the bridge, presumably, has to be there because it is the only way a road can cross the stream, why not make it look good? One example is the bridge with the canvas arch in the photo that is "two bridges east of Seungyo".

Those ducks sunning themselves on the rocks are amazing. I think they are the roundest, fattest birds I have ever seen, other than the poor creatures raised for American Thanksgiving tables. The ducks must have a very placid existence with lots of people feeding them and (obviously) no predators anywhere near them since it doesn't look like they could escape from anything that wanted to make them lunch.

The colors you captured in that picture are outstanding as are the sun-dappled ripples in other pictures.

YTSL said...

Hi ewaffle --

Before anything else: thanks for your detailed comments! :)

Re the bridges over the Cheong Gye Cheon stream: what I reckon is really cool about them is that no two are alike in design.

And absolutely re those ducks being the roundest, fattest birds I've ever seen too! :D

coldspaghetti said...

Love the photo of the ducks -- and your focus on this part of the city.

YTSL said...

Hi coldspaghetti --

I'm glad you like the photo of the ducks -- and my Cheong Gye Cheon stream photo-essays in general. :)

sarah bailey knight said...

Hi ytsl,

I too enjoyed your photo of the ducks. My initial thought (though I realized it was unlikely) was that the flat rocks were some kind of environmental ceramic art installation.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Seeing it's the Cheong Gye Cheon stream, I wouldn't have been completely surprised to see some kind of environmental ceramic art installation in that location! But it is so much cooler that those blobs are ducks, right? :b

Marta said...

I had to see your photos of Cheong Gye Cheon stream. I only got to see such a short distance and I did not realize how beautiful it would be in other seasons. I was there in the winter.

YTSL said...

Hi Marta --

Hope you saw the first photo-essay too. So I take it that the place is winter isn't as beautiful in the fall? Too bad -- as I found it wonderful and really was bowled over by it.