Taiwan’s Amazing Mountains!

Photos by MJ Klein


Taken in Taichung, April, 2000, this shot is still impressive….

Ever since I first set foot on Taiwan, I have been fascinated and amazed by the mountains on this Beautiful Isle. What struck me in particular is the three dimensional effect that is often enhanced by local weather conditions as evidenced in the above photo. A few days ago the weather was just right and I was able to observe that 3D effect again quite clearly.

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There are mountains in the foreground, and another range in the middle, with a large high range in the far distance.


Here is a closer view. The cloud layer really makes the foreground and background stand apart from each other and give a sense of depth.


Scenes like this are common if you look for them. Most people don’t notice.

Taiwan’s mountains are very high, in fact higher than the tallest mountains in Japan. They are also rugged and appear more sharply defined than continental mountains.


This shot taken out of the window of a KLM flight from Bangkok shows the spine of the Central Mountain Range rising out of the sea like a dragon from the southern tip of Taiwan (large view recommended).


These mountains are rugged, and high.


This last shot shows that we are flying along roughly at the same altitude as the mountain range on our approach to Taiwan. Of course this scene was a lot more impressive when looking out the porthole with your own eyes. Nevertheless, even in these shots through dirty window panes, the amazing 3D effect of Taiwan’s beautiful mountains is clearly visible. One of the great things about living in Taiwan is that just about no matter where you are, you have great mountain views. Just another thing that I love about Taiwan.

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10 comments

  1. Hey MJ.

    As always great pictures. The camera and obviously lenses are top quality and I will have to eventually do the same. Buy myself a decent camera.

    I have enjoyed the last few posts as well but cannot comment on them as the comment box doesn’t fully load for some reason. This post is no problems though.

    I wish I was more Tech savvy and know why this was the case.

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  2. Jason Brunt » Brunty, i don’t think it’s a problem with the blog but i will look into it. i think you do great with whatever camera you are using. volumes have been written about why your camera doesn’t matter that much. thanks for the compliments. the first shot in this article was taken in April 2000 with a Kodak DC 120, which is less resolute than any mobile phone these days. it’s what you point it at that counts 🙂

  3. Yes, I agree. But some of those pictures you took teh other week from your place and the strenght of the flash was just amazing.

    There have been many times where I need to be closer to the subject of the picture but can’t for some reason or another and the photos turm out realy poor and cannot include on teh blog.

    That’s probably the biggest thing and also a good telescopic lens for long range shots.

    It isn’t a must need now but is something I will aquire in time.

    I am sure it isn’t the blog. It’s just stange that this comment box is fine but on teh one with the really colourful restaurant I cannot comment.

    Man technology of today.

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  4. Jason Brunt » oh yes, that is the Nikon SB-800 flash. it’s an amazing unit. at our wedding, Michael Turton shot on the order of 400 shots on a single set of rechargeable AAs. i used the flash several times after that before i had to recharge the batteries. i cannot say enough good things about the Nikon system. one thing i really love is that when you buy a Nikon camera and a Nikon flash, you get a remote control flash system for free. i can set the D80’s built-in flash as a controller and the SB-800 as a receiver and place the flash anywhere i need to fill. i can also control the flash exposure compensation remotely. Nikon is years ahead of everyone else! thanks for the comments Brunty. always nice to see you on the blog comments.

  5. MJ,

    I also was very impressed by the mountains in Taiwan [I am a Swiss now living in SoCal who lived 10 years in Taipei!]

    One of the views I still remember is when you drive from Taipei to Ilan [no freeway then]; there are sights where you can see 6, 7 or more ranges of mountains lining behind one another, that is just incredible.

    Your pictures are so “real” to me that I just miss being there Taiwan everytime I visit your site [also often your pictures make me hungry!!]

  6. If you like mountain flights, you should do the flight from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. Truly breathtaking, because 30 000 feet in a plane and 28 000 feet mountains make for a seemingly “low” flight. Not cheap though – it was around US$300 for a 45min flight time when I did it in 2001.

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  7. Pierre » thanks so much for your compliments on the photography 🙂 we especially enjoy being able to remind those who have been in Taiwan, what a wonderful place it was, and still is. i have seen those multiple rows of mountains off into the distance many times, and every time i have to stop and appreciate that view. we can occasionally see some very high peaks from our rooftop on clear days.

  8. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, as they gave me an aisle seat and there wasn’t enough space to shoot anything out of the window, due to the 2 people next to me getting in the way.

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