Frustratingly, the parks here tend to have paved surfaces with a few trees sticking out. Decorative plants get to rest around the trees for a season, and are then ripped up and replaced with new ones.
This shot was taken at a pocket park in DaZhi in ZhongShan district. The temple is kept in great shape year round.
But it makes sense in a way. Mosquitoes breed like crazy anywhere wet enough to sustain their multitude of eggs, and any time you sit near a plant during mosquito season you're likely to get bit. The paving would make more sense if there weren't tons of cracks and standing surface water for the insects to breed in anyway.
Yet, here are a few uplifting photos of beautiful nature in Taipei City.
This little leaf bug was on the go in a park in Zhongshan district (中山區. He was sitting on a cement post in a pocket park built to give neighborhood kids a place to play. Caught him moving quietly out of the corner of my eye, and grabbed the best shot I could. He was about as big as a 1NT piece.
Enormous hanging flowers found in NeiHu district, slightly out of the way near Bihu park. These flowers were in total (including the green bits) over a foot long and about half a foot wide at the bottom. Not a lot of smell coming from them, but they got tons of looks and photos from the weekend passersby.