From:  shan lung <shanlung9@y...>
Date:  Thu Sep 23, 2004  12:59 am
Subject:  Tinkerbell - MangChow


Hi folks,

MangChow is one of my favourite bloom in Taiwan. It
is not colorful like the rhododendrens or other
seasonal flowers that from time to time splash out
different shades of the rainbow from the roadside or
mountain sides.

MangChow is the flowering tops of the tall wild grass
here very similar to the Pampas grass. They seem to
herald the onset of autumn when fields and clumps of
silvery tops move and wave in sinuous unison with
every breeze over them.

My love for Mangchow started 20 over long years ago
before I even set foot in Taiwan. There was this
movie " A Touch of Zen" by Director King Hu who can be
mentioned in the same breath as Akira Kurosawa and
Stanley Kubrik. That is one of the greatest and most
beautiful martial arts movie.

There was this scene there of a haunted house heavily
overgrown by flowering Mangchow that I enjoyed. I
enjoyed that scene even more after I heard KingHu
drove his financial backers to distraction by waiting
3 months for the blooms to be sufficiently matured to
shoot the scenes there.

I was told by a Taiwanese friend that Mangchow
represent a melancholic beauty being an autumn bloom
touching on themes of exile and separation between
loved ones.

I watched and waited 3 weeks for these series of
Those shots are not even titles as the photo number
will show that I uploaded entire sequences as I did
not have the heart to drop any of them.

On 18th Sept (yes, photo date is one day earlier and
Bill Gates refused to allow me to change settings on
my camera)when coming down from Lung Yen, we caught
sight of the mangchow growing along side of this
The problem was the mangchow was on the other side of
the river. While I and Tink were more than ready to
clamber down the bank, Joy made all kinds of
inexplicable excuses such as the bank was too steep
and other noises. So the photos had to be taken with
the mangchow in the distance.

Sequence starting with P9170169 had Joy to the back of
me taking Her Grace as she prepared to land on me.

Sequence starting with P9170169 is most interesting.
Tinkerbell's line snagged and you can see it getting
taut. She powered on and pulled the line from my reel
to make her way to me. It is so important that the
line must be smooth without splicing knots which would
have caught in snags.

The next sequence showed her flying high up before
circling and hovering in a 180 degree turn landing on
my shoulder.

Two days later, we came across another beautiful clump
of mangchow without a river and steep bank to clamber
down to. The shots taken here illustrate the size of
those grass.

You are welcome to

It may be a good idea to use 'view slideshow' to see
those sequence, or even to run 'view slideshow' on one
window while you do other stuff. This is as after
'view slideshow' and you want to look at the photos
separately, the paging to next photo is very much

With warmest regards

Shanlung - lackey to all below
Joy - wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter

Halftail the Bimbo - beautiful sweet silly cat
Zorro - ferret which loves parrot pellets
Bim and Zor are with other loving families now
I will remember them for the happy times they gave me

earlier emails and photo links on Tink -
(erratically and sporadically updated)