Beach & Coastal Walking, Korea, Long-Distance Walking, Road Walking
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Goat Killer Trail, Day 6: Pictures

I hope you’re not tiring of this series — I’m only halfway through! I almost wish I’d never started, but at least it doesn’t require much commitment on your part — or mine. It’s refreshing, actually, to churn out some posts that don’t take several hours out of my Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Mad Men time.

Meanwhile, a typhoon is rattling my windows and turning umbrellas into confetti. I went out this morning to try to get some shots but it was too nerve-wracking trying to shield my camera from the wind and rain. Then I got a phone call telling me there would be no school today. Just as I finished bragging to some friends, I got an amended announcement: there would be no school for students, but we teachers should battle the tempest to maintain the pretence of professionalism from our staffroom chairs.

Why are student lives worth more than ours? I don’t know, but I am not happy

DAY 6

An hour of speed-walking and I thought I was rocking, just breaking free of outer Pohang…

Cruising out of Pohang

Fashionable folk

A hint of the old

..when Rt 7, which parallells the coast going north, started to go bad.

It got busy, scarily busy. Motorway busy. I thought I’d outsmarted it but I’m pretty sure I was breaking the law for 10 hairy minutes — I was certainly breaking a sweat.

So I bailed, down into the paddies…

An oasis seen from a place of great unpleasantness

..and spent a couple of hours getting bamboozled and sun struck as I tried to negotiate farm roads towards the coast, where Rt 20 looked like a saner and safer option…

Doomed dragonfly, snared in a rice-paddy web

The edges of the cosmos

Many of these farm tracks aren’t on Google. I gave 7 another look but it looked nasty. Back to the paddies…

Rare piece of Korea that actually looks ‘MASH’-like

Eventually I made the coast road, enjoyed some Bronze Age petroglyphs not discovered till 1989…

Ancient fertility symbols, apparently

..and made good progress north.

I’m enjoying the coast much more now: cleaner, nicer beaches and towns, fewer people midweek, and the road winds between blue sea and green rice paddy…

Sunbathing chillies

The old homestead

Beguiled by the arrows, I started walking the wrong road

Colour in the verges

I was passing this group of guys cooking at one of those tables with a built-in grill; one hollered at me to come over and next thing I was eating grilled eel with chopsticks while they kept pushing cans of Coke or bottles of water at me and telling me, “More eating!” 

Roadside hospitality

Early bloomer

Splash of roadside pink

Fence & fungi

But soon after that, 20 became 7 again and I chickened out and came down here to the beach…

Casual dining

Abandoned floating things

An inflatable arsenal

Better find a patch of sand where I can bunk down…

~ And that’s all the Goat wrote

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14 Comments

    • I reckon it’s only “lost” if you’re in a hurry or otherwise distressed. I’ve been in a state of “lost-ness” on most of my explorations over here!

  1. Beautiful pictures except for the ugly floaties, obviously no fault of yours… I like the “MASH”-like pic. I’m involved in a play production here in L.A. I play a Korean American army nurse in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. We talk about rice paddies.

    • Thanks as always. Rice paddies are wondrous things — I could talk about them for hours! I never tire of observing the harnessing and directing of water through them, the beautiful terracing — and the GREEN.

  2. Robert says

    The black and white, locust against textured cloud shot – brilliant!

    • Thank you, sir — it’s a favourite of mine too. I am quite fond of B & W for harshly lit, midday landscape shots where all the joys of colour are sucked out by the sun. And it’s not often a dragonfly will keep still for me long enough to take a shot with my prime lens.

      I did suffer a few pangs of guilt because the victim was still alive and struggling, but decided not to intervene on its behalf, since ths spider had gone to all that work to snare its supper.

  3. At least it seems to make sense to grow rice in Korea rather than over here. I’ve never worked out why we bother in such a dry continent?!

    The trauma of the midday sun on the photographer! That bright light kills doesn’t it? I really think you should give a polarizer a go. You’ll be addicted in no time!

    There’s those floaty things on the beach again. I’ve never seen a country embrace them so much! Makes me wonder that all those days I used to spend on the beach and I never used one. Feeling a bit left out!

    • Thanks, Greg, yeah, I don’t approve of rice cultivation back home either. Bloody stupid.

      I actually carried a polariser on that trip but never used it. Rarely had brilliant blue. That one of the stone Buddhas looks like a polariser shot but isn’t! Just got lucky there.

      The floaties: just bide your time — I’m sure some should wash up at St Kilda sometime soon!

  4. Still quietly following along as you walk. Looking around at Korea. I like the black and white photos interspersed with the color ones. Thank you for all this!

    • Thanks, am. Yes, you have been quiet, hope all is well. I still have about another half-dozen of these photo posts to do, so might as well make yourself comfortable!

    • Thank you, sir. I had a great time taking them. Nothing like a journey in a new land to inspire the artist in one (if I may be so pretentious).

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