Alien Landscape from Penghu

The Penghu Islands (traditional Chinese: 群島; simplified Chinese: 澎湖群岛; Tongyong Pinyin: Pénghú Cyúndăo; Hanyu Pinyin: Pénghú Qúndăo; Wade–Giles: P’eng-Hu Ch’ün-Tao; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Phêⁿ-ô·-kûn-tó, also known as Pescadores from the Portuguese, meaning “fishermen”, Portuguese pronunciation: [pɨʃkɐˈðoɾɨʃ]) are an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait consisting of 90 small islands and islets covering an area of 141 square kilometers. source :

Not all the islands are inhibited. There are quite a few islands with no human inhabitant. I visited one of those islands during my tour of Penghu in July. The landscape is quite amazing there, some part looking quite alien and not on this Earth. Although you don’t see it on the photo, there are actually a lot of wildlife there. There are lot of birds and the land you see are submerged under the sea during high tide. There are many “pools” on the ground with different marine life trapped inside like sea slugs, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, corals and different variety of fishes.

The photo was taken with Panasonic DMC GF-1 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6. The photos was shot in RAW and processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.


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