Thursday, April 13, 2006

Spring...

and Fall are probably my favorite seasons in korea, but they are unfortunately the shortest seasons. I don't mind a long winter, but the summers...well they just kill me. But spring is nice. The coming of spring bring the blooming of flowers, including the cherry blossom trees (this shot was taken at night) and the magnolia (i think) which was described to me as being like a beautiful lady who in time withers away (ouch!)But seriously, this beauty only is around a couple of weeks. one magnolia tree i saw bloom was completely gone in a week! i love all these flowers and green leaves but since the season is so short, so is this part of their life cycle...












But the one thing i hate about the spring is "hwang-sa" or yellow dust which flows down from China. Mostly, just sand from the Gobi Desert, the yellow dust also brings along with it a lot of the pollution and filth. This dust is gnarly. Last year it wasn't so bad, but this year is said to be really bad. i woke up last Sat. with this pain in my throat like i was coming down with a cold. So I took some meds and walked out into what I thought was a really hazzy day to be told later that it was dust. It sucked for a while and now I hear that during the "dusty period" there will be a few more days when it gets really bad.






School...
School is going well. I am quite busy and I promise to take some pics of my work in progress as well as the studio scene. but for now you only get to see the new garden that they completed on campus...lot of money being put into the school right now as they are also building a new mega structure called the multimedia center...

ok...gotta run off back to the studio!

3 Comments:

At April 16, 2006 at 10:45 AM , Blogger s said...

your pictures remind me of ewha in spring. how's everything? i got back from shanghai yesterday. hope you are well.. good luck on your projects!

 
At April 17, 2006 at 7:26 PM , Blogger soon-young said...

cool pictures, joe!

 
At April 19, 2006 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Nate said...

Last Friday I was helping my biological father plant some annuals and I noticed his dwarf magnolia tree and wondered how it survived in MN weather (aka freezing winters). His answer: "It's a U of MN hybrid hardened through the years [by selective cross breading]." Their scent is so subtle and lively.

All the plants' buds are opening here and it just is making a world of difference.

 

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