For the most part, I consider myself lucky to be living out in the Korean countryside.  It definitely has its challenges, but any complaints usually go away when I’m out and about in the mountains, forests, and seaside.  I experienced this yet again yesterday when I took an afternoon drive on the island of Mireukdo in Tongyeong (통영 미륵도).

I started with the picturesque Miraesa Temple (미래사).  Fall colors were in full swing and the place was bursting with color.

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After exploring the temple for a bit, I headed over to the forest across the road.  Here a path leads to a Buddha statue overlooking the sea.  Personally, I’m more drawn to the trees and the forest path.

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Next on the agenda was Yeonhwa-ri (연화리).  This west-facing village is great for sunsets and fishing.  I’m no fisherman, but it was interesting watching the fishermen, boats and people tending to their fish/oyster farms.

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Finally it was sunset and time to go have a barbecue with friends in the area (actually the real reason I was out there ;)).  It wasn’t the most dramatic sky, so I decided to focus on Mr. Sun himself.

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I even had a bit of time to take a selfie, or “lensfie”.

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Well, that’s about it for my mini travelog.  These shots were all taken within a couple of hours and at only two spots, so you can guess at the wide variety of scenery you can find on the island.  If you are ever in Tongyeong, I definitely recommend you take a drive around Mireukdo.  Here’s a good place to start on the island:

Photographer’s corner:

All photos were made using my Fujifilm travel kit and Cokin P-series filters.  Please check the individual blog posts for more detailed information.  I also used an old Pentax 400mm lens I haven’t really talked about yet, but I will soon!

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Roy Cruz

Roy Cruz

Photographer at Roy Cruz Photo
Roy Cruz is a freelance photographer based in Tongyeong, South Korea specializing in travel and documentary photography. He started shooting professionally in 2007 and has worked all over the Philippines and South Korea. He is also a dedicated husband, bass player, and father.