The High Places of the Earth, Part IV

This was our fourth mountain. (Tony wasn\'t with us this time.)

Tengjhih National Forest reaches 1800 meters/5900ft and boasts a mature fir forest that it is not only beautiful and cool in the summer but also full of birds. It was my fourth hike with the Kuo family. It was also one of the only places in Taiwan that reminded me of West Virginia!Typical roadside view in the lowlands. Can you find the water buffalos?The flycatcher was near the top of the mountain, not far to the left of this pavilionFrom the lookout tower at the park\'s highest point, you could see an incredible number of Taiwan\'s mountain peaks including Yu Shan ... if it weren't for the fog
The striking birdlife included the White-eared Sibia, Rufous-crowned Laughing Thrush, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and one that had eluded me before: the Taiwan Yuhina a well-known mountain bird that lives only in Taiwan and looks like the American titmouse that is common in West Virginia. After the hike we found a place to try roasted pumpkin with honey for lunch. Then we visited Mr. Kuo’s relatives in a Hakka village below the mountains. Thank you Kuos for another memorable Saturday!

The view from the roadside at higher elevationIt was a good climbIn addition to running across a variety of birds it was encouraging to come across a friendly pastor who spoke English
Many thanks to contributors of the Oriental Bird Club Image Database for the picture references for the birds; the picture of the Yuhina was taken in Ali Shan, Taiwan


  1. Michael May 7, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    Looks like the mountains, hills, trees, and flying foul are praising Jehovah there too! What an awesome and beautiful experience.

  2. Mom May 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    It looks like another great hike. I am glad you are taking advantage of so many opportunities there.

  3. Robert May 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    You’re right, Donald! It reminds me of West Virginia, too. Sounds like you had a great time “beholding the fowls of the air!”

  4. Aunt Vickie May 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    So proud of you Donald in all that you strive to do. What magnificant photos that you have posted.
    God is using you for His purpose and your faithfulness is an inspiration.

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