John Harding – past photography

December 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

 October 2014

October 2014 selfie at the fabulous Cantonese-style Dragon Restaurant (Zhongshan area).

My most recent movie.

Some of my marine pictures taken and published 50 years ago.

Some of my marine cover pictures taken and published  years ago.

CLAMS

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Called clams on most Taipei menu's - in Australia the common term is 'pippie'.

‘Clams’ on most Taipei menu’s – in Australia the common term is ‘pippie’.  Beware – small abalone might be listed as ‘mussels’ in Taiwan – with a hefty price-shock later.

Mussels in white wine with garlic at an Australian seafood restaurant (Doyles, Watsons Bay, Sydney).

Mussels in white wine with garlic at an Australian seafood restaurant (Watsons Bay, Sydney).

I have not seen sea urchin for sale in Taiwan - it must be available somewhere. These were unknown in Australia as a delicacy until recent times.  Today there is a small industry harvesting sea urchin for export.

I have not seen sea urchin for sale in Taiwan – although it must be available somewhere. This seafood was unknown in Australia as a delicacy until recent times. Today in Australia there is a small industry harvesting sea urchin.

NEW ZEALAND -TAIWAN CONNECTION

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

1973

New Zealander,  Jocelyn Edwards (left) and Australian John Harding documentary film making on The Great Barrier Reef and The Coral Sea.  (1974)

Polynesian culture originated in Taiwan and the northern Philippines centuries ago, DNA testing has suggested.

SOCIETY (Taipei Times 16 Feb 2015)

Amis nation’s largest group

The Amis remained Taiwan’s biggest Aboriginal group last year, accounting for 37.1 percent of the nation’s indigenous people, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday. The ministry said that there were 540,023 Aboriginal residents last year, up 1.2 percent from the previous year. Their average age is 33.7, compared with an average age of 39.8 for all Taiwanese. The top three Aboriginal communities were the Amis with 200,604 people, or 37.1 percent of the total, the Paiwan with 96,334 (17.8 percent) and the Atayal with 85,888 (15.9 percent). Hualien County had the most Aboriginal residents, with 91,675, or 17 percent of the total number of indigenous inhabitants in the nation. Taitung County came in second with 14.7 percent and Taoyuan was third with 12.1 percent. In terms of the ratio of Aborigines to the overall population in each county or city, Taitung County had the highest number with 35.5 percent, followed by Hualien County with 27.5 percent and Pingtung County with 6.9 percent.

BEV. HILLBILLIES Mark II

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Live red coral - a gorgonian fan coral in Australia.

Live red coral – a gorgonian fan coral in Australia.

SEAFOOD NIGHT – Taipei

April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Restaurant across the street from Shipai MRT station.

Restaurant across the street from Shipai MRT station.

How to find this restaurant: RED LANTERNS OUTSIDE,  near Shipai MRT station, Taipei – they did a good job. Pearl perch barbecued, the ‘red fish‘ became a ‘steamed fish’ in soup.

LANGUAGE BARRIER: Also demonstrates how a seemingly simple-sounding English word “sell” can be confusing or not understood, Having a local friend in Taiwan is a great asset.

Unknown species (to me) looks like a mix of a Red rock cod and a Coral cod or type of coral trout.  Seemed like it would work well steamed, and it did.

Unknown species (to me) looks like a mix of a Red rock cod and a coral cod or type of coral trout. Seemed like it would work well steamed, and it did.

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PORT OF KEELUNG (Revisited today)

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

1-DSC09262-001 1-DSC09283-001 1-DSC09284 1-DSC092881-keelung monday-001Worth memorizing the Chinese characters at top. Chemist shops often have these specials “buy one – get another free”.

Ships at the port, coast guard vessels  do a lot of work. Today might have been – the first real day of spring, 26 degrees – quite a contrast from a couple of days ago when it was struggling to reach 12 degrees in Taipei.

Called into the very old temple for a couple of pictures.

Keelung is an old coastal city –  cheaper retail prices than most of Taipei.  A bus ride from Taipei is 55 dollars. Faster and more comfortable than the train.  Trying to decide if I’ll book into a hotel and have a change.

Nice to breathe a bit of sea air again.

GREENPEACE SHIP “Rainbow Warrior III”

August 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

 Port of Keelung

Port of Keelung 1 August 2013

Beautiful day at Keelung, August 4th. Twin masts of Rainbow Warrior III - far right.

Beautiful day at Keelung, August 4th. Twin masts of Rainbow Warrior III – far right.

October 2012 in Taipei,  young people dressed as Greenpeace volunteers were seeking donations at Chang An Road, East during midday lunch time.  There was no reason to doubt they were not genuine, except stopping people and asking for donations is, I thought, a bit unusual.

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Keelung, Taiwan.  4 August 2013

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