Tag Archives: landscape photography

Daehan Green Tea Plantation, South Korea

The second stop on day one of our vacation was to the tea plantations in Daehan. There are literally rows after rows of green tea fields. This place is absolutely stunning! You could spend hours here soaking in the scenery. Don’t leave without buying some green tea ice cream! CJT_8659cCJT_8616c

Damyang Bamboo Garden, South Korea

Last weekend was spring break for my kiddos here in South Korea so the whole family headed out for a week-long vacay. Our first stop was the Damyang Bamboo Garden. This place is smaller than I expected, but was nonetheless beautiful. If you are planning on going, I recommend combining this garden with another stop as it won’t keep you occupied for more than 30 min  to an hour. CJT_8255c CJT_8298c

Below is a photo of a group of children on a field trip to the garden. In all my travels throughout Korea, I’ve never seen a group of children not dressed the same when on a field trip with a school. So cute!


Suwon Fortress at Night: South Korea

I went on an awesome 40th birthday photo walk to the Suwon Fortress last weekend. With the limited time we had, these are the photos I was able to capture. We arrived with minutes to spare before the lights went out on the wall (last photo). I was only able to take two photos at this location. If I had had more time, I probably would have tried a different composition. Oh well! I’m glad I at least got what I did!

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Pyeongchang: Site of the 2018 Winter Olympics

My family and I took a trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea this weekend for a bit of sightseeing and skiing. I had hoped to see the world renown Harbin Festival ice sculptures, but alas, they had partially melted by the time we arrived. You would have never guessed that it was warm a few days before our arrival though, because while we were there we experienced blizzard conditions as you’ll see in the below photographs. Despite the weather, we really enjoyed our trip, having stayed at a traditional Korean hostel and skied the entire second day. What an adventure!

Hyeonchungsa Shrine: Winter

I went on a photo walk this week at the Hyeonchungsa Shrine in Asan with a fellow photographer friend. I’ve been to this location many times, usually for family photo shoots. Every season changes the landscape completely, which makes returning here time and time again so much fun!

Photo a Day Challenge: Day 12

#12. Something you made. (I haven’t made a single thing this week except dinners and photographs so I thought for today I’d just post a few photos I took of a burned out building I came across at a nearby lake this week.)

See Photo A Day Challenge #1 for a list of what to look forward to tomorrow!

Seoraksan National Park and Sokcho

Last weekend my family and I spent 3 nights and 4 days camping in Seoraksan National Park. It rained for the first portion of our trip, creating amazing fog and low-lying clouds in the forest. It was a truly spectacular sight! Some of the leaves were beginning to change their colors, revealing the bright oranges and reds that signify the coming of fall, but the season had just begun, and so in many areas the colors had not yet changed. I felt that, in these spots of the park, it would be better to illustrate the majesty of the landscape in black and white.

Stopping to see Singeung-sa Temple was a must, simply because, according to Dr. Jon Carter Covell, oriental art authority, it is the oldest Zen temple in the world. The temple was originally built in 652 AD and then rebuilt in 710 and 1648 due to fires.

While in the area, we made a point to visit Sokcho, a gorgeous fishing town on the northeastern coast of South Korea. It lies so close to the forest that you can see it in the background of the coastal pictures below. The rain taunted even the last days of our trip, but in making lemonade out of lemons, we were blessed to witness rays of sun poke through threatening storm clouds unlike any I’ve seen before. I had a really difficult time picking which of the many photos I took of this scene to post for you all! I should also mention that through the break in the clouds the fresh sky became an amazing turquoise blue, highlighting the already unbelievably blue East Sea water! If you get a chance to see Sokcho, pay a visit to its two famous lighthouses: the Lighthouse Observatory and a little pink lighthouse just off the main pier. The people here are super friendly, but then again, you’d be hard pressed to find a Korean anywhere on the peninsula who wasn’t friendly, selling a dizzying array of seafood. Do not leave Sokcho without trying the squid, as it is said that the creature is best served in this coastal fishing town. My daughter ordered hers stuffed and loved it! As always, our puppy went along for they journey. You’ll find a picture of her in here as well!