Tuesday, March 02, 2010


A couple weeks ago I hiked Dobongsan with a friend. The last (and first) time I'd gone was in 2001. On the way up there were a lot of birds. Crows, magpies, and quite a few of these (I'm not sure what it is, though I am quite certain it was not a pigeon!):

There were chickadees (I saw some, and heard their call) as well as these little guys (not a great photo):

As we went along the ridge, we reached a spot with this view (a close up is at the top of this post), which made the hike well worth it.

Worth it even though it soon turned very difficult. It had been raining throughout the day, and suddenly the temperature dropped, it began to snow, and the muddy trails began to freeze and become slippery - just like the rock slopes next to 30 meter drops.

What should have been a three hour or so hike turned out quite a bit longer, and it took a few days to recover. Never made it to the top of the highest peak like I did last time I went, but did get a nice photo of it, at least...


Gomushin Girl said...

The pidgeon-esque bird was an Oriental Turtle-dove ~ pidgeons and doves are actually from the same family (Columbidae). The nasty one we associate with the cities are feral Rock Pidgeons.

T.K. (Ask a Korean!) said...

I love Dobongsan. My mother is a big hiker, and we would go to one of Dobongsan, Cheonggyesan or Bukhansan almost every weekend. Thanks for evoking the memories.

Matt said...

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* The female spotted sandpiper is a modern, forward-thinking bird; she competes for a mate then leaves the egg incubation and young-rearing to the male

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K said...

That is fascinating, astonishing and bizarre! Thank you!

Matt said...

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