The balcony observer's 182th report- About observation on the balcony 關於陽台觀察

by Tsao T-F September. 26, 2019 552 views

Today, I want to talk about the observation on the balcony (陽台觀察), which may echo essentially to my series reports. Previously, I talked about micro-habitat on my balcony (我的陽台微棲地), photography on the balcony (陽台攝影), watering on the balcony (陽台澆花), balconies to biodiversity (陽台生物多樣性), you never know what will you see today / unpredictable surprises on the balcony (你永遠不知道今天會看到誰/陽台不確定驚喜), names of four birds in Taiwanese on my balcony (陽台四款鳥朋友个台語名), and a pictorial essay and video for shooting birds on the balcony (陽台拍鳥圖解影音). Welcome to review on the pages of Cover story (封面故事)!

今天,我想聊聊陽台觀察(observation on the balcony),也算是在本質上呼應我的一系列報告。之前,我談過陽台微棲地(micro-habitat on my balcony),陽台攝影(photography on the balcony),陽台澆花(watering on the balcony),陽台生物多樣性(balconies to biodiversity),你永遠不知道今天會看到誰/陽台不確定驚喜(You never know what will you see today / unpredictable surprises on the balcony),陽台四款鳥朋友个台語名(names of four birds in Taiwanese on my balcony),以及陽台拍鳥圖解影音(a pictorial essay and video for shooting birds on the balcony)。歡迎回顧封面故事(Cover story)網頁!

To someone likes nature, he / she usually makes ready to go to a suburb in the early morning of a holiday. I did, took a whole day's walk, sweated a lot, and of course shot some pictures. However, I don't know if you have the same confusion as me: those amazing birds or butterflies or insects are not always easy to be seen or shoot in my each travel. In fact, I often found nothing in a same place where friends on the internet could show many beautiful photos of small animals. I think, probably the time is not correct (morning vs. evening? summer vs. winter?) or the terrain is not the place that I am familiar. I don't know if there is a hole in the rock wall, or I should turn some leaves to find the world.

喜歡親近大自然的朋友,假日有空時,想必一早就備妥行囊上郊山去了。我也曾經這樣,走一天的路,留一身的汗,隨身帶的相機多少拍下沿途風光。不過,不知道你會不會和我有一樣的困惑,就是並非每次出遊都可以看到或拍到令人驚艷的鳥或蝶或蟲的,網路上看到許多網友貼的漂亮照片,自己也去過同樣地方,卻不知道那些小動物們都躲在哪裡?我想,大概是我出現的時間不對(早晚不對、季節不對等),或是對地形不熟,不知道岩壁哪裡有洞,或應該翻開某些葉子才能發現那片天地吧。

Compared with suburb, the observation in your own balcony is a complete different situation: You are very familiar with the grass and trees there-- any small change, for example, may be a hint to let you find suitable little actors easily; You can observe at different time--it may be, for example, a worm in this week, may change to a pupa in the next week, and may change again to a butterfly in another week; Or you can have a second chance to take pictures--when it is cloudy, for example, you may shoot a little actor / actress under sunlight on another day if the guy would like to stay on the balcony…

與郊外出遊相比,觀察自家的陽台則會有完全不同的情況:你會很熟悉那裏的一草一木,有一點風吹草動都讓你容易發現各個適合入鏡的小演員們;你可以在不同的時間點觀察,今周是隻蟲、下周可能變成蛹、再周可能變蝴蝶;或者你有第二次機會拍照,如果當時陰天光線不好,說不定明天出太陽,而且小演員也願意還在的話…

A caterpillar of Dasychira mendosa, also known as brown tussock moth or hairy tussock moth, wearing different clothes on different days on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 基斑毒蛾幼蟲愛換裝,下背顏色:黃黑紅(左上);白黑紅(右上);灰紅紅(左下);黃紅紅(右下)。

A caterpillar of Dasychira mendosa, also known as brown tussock moth or hairy tussock moth, wearing different clothes on different days on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 基斑毒蛾幼蟲愛換裝,下背顏色:黃黑紅(左上);白黑紅(右上);灰紅紅(左下);黃紅紅(右下)。

【Read more: The balcony observer's 154th report- Tussock moth caterpillar (Dasychira mendosa) 基斑毒蛾幼蟲愛換裝

Three sisters pupae with different appearances on different days on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 無尾鳳蝶三姊妹蛹在不同天觀察有不同的表現

Three sisters pupae with different appearances on different days on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 無尾鳳蝶三姊妹蛹在不同天觀察有不同的表現

【Read more: The balcony observer's 177th report- Three sisters pupae 三姊妹蛹 (Papilio demoleus)

Who kissed me? 誰來早餐? 頒獎,有圖有真相 No.1 AM 07:22 A-Shou, Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 白頭翁阿瘦; No.2 AM 07:30 A gymnast, Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) 體操選手綠繡眼;No.3 AM 09:52 A wasp (Polistes (Gyrostoma) rothneyi gressitti) 黃長腳蜂

Who kissed me? 誰來早餐? 頒獎,有圖有真相 No.1 AM 07:22 A-Shou, Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 白頭翁阿瘦; No.2 AM 07:30 A gymnast, Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) 體操選手綠繡眼;No.3 AM 09:52 A wasp (Polistes (Gyrostoma) rothneyi gressitti) 黃長腳蜂

【Read more: The balcony observer's 163th report (Video)- Who kissed me? Summary 誰來早餐? (5/5)

Of course, in addition to having a good luck (perhaps the most important), it would be better to the observation on the balcony if you have a lot of love (love and have interests in the world), patience (especially on the day that you don't need to be at work), and willpower (setting up an electric fan on the balcony could help you take a long stay comfortably with no sweat in a summer).

當然,陽台觀察除了碰運氣(或許是最重要的)以外,能有愛心(視天地萬物有愛有趣,你才會想觀察)、耐心(最好不用急著出門趕上班)、和毅力(陽台裝個電風扇,才幾百塊台幣,不用讓自己酷夏還要跟汗水拚)就更好了。

“Nature rewards people who are patient and watch the details!”, my friend, Bethany Plonski said.

我的朋友Bethany Plonski曾說過:大自然會獎勵有耐心並注意細節的人!

Setting up an electric fan on the balcony could help you take a long stay comfortably with no sweat in a summer. 陽台裝個電風扇,才幾百塊台幣,不用讓自己酷夏還要跟汗水拚。

Setting up an electric fan on the balcony could help you take a long stay comfortably with no sweat in a summer. 陽台裝個電風扇,才幾百塊台幣,不用讓自己酷夏還要跟汗水拚。

Sometimes it is time to test our eyesight because little actors may hide in the dark; or with camouflages, they just stay in the sun, however, you don't see them.

有時候是考驗我們眼力的時候,因為小演員們會躲在幽暗的地方;或是明明大辣辣在陽光下,因為有偽裝,你就是容易視而不見。

Where am I? 我在哪?

Where am I? 我在哪?

After twelve hours, you can find the larvae (Thosea sinensis) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. In the center of the green back is a white vertical band that pretends to be a leaf with a vein. The true leaf was eaten by it. 十二小時後,你可以發現這隻"黑點扁刺蛾(又叫內點刺蛾)"的幼蟲。綠背中央有一條白色縱帶,偽裝成有葉脈的葉子。真的葉子被它吃掉了。

After twelve hours, you can find the larvae (Thosea sinensis) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. In the center of the green back is a white vertical band that pretends to be a leaf with a vein. The true leaf was eaten by it. 十二小時後,你可以發現這隻"黑點扁刺蛾(又叫內點刺蛾)"的幼蟲。綠背中央有一條白色縱帶,偽裝成有葉脈的葉子。真的葉子被它吃掉了。

【Read more: The balcony observer's report- Moth larva (Thosea sinensis) 黑點扁刺蛾幼蟲

The balcony observation is very interesting. How about joining us? Life will pass like this day after day...

陽台觀察是很有趣的事,一起加入這個行業嗎?日子也就這樣一天天過了…

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Buster Bruce 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It took me a while to actually find it! So cool!

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Tsao T-F Replied to Buster Bruce 11 months, 2 weeks ago

smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

hanks for taking the time to review your excellent observations and remarks.....No place remains the same.....the natural world is always changing to accommodate the changing of the seasons and the passage of time .....Great series! Thank You!grinning

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for the comment, Jay. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 3 months ago

My pleasure!smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing it with us. Well done

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Tsao T-F Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

It's my pleasure, Antonio.grinning

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

I love this post! smile I like to go to the same parks again and again, because like you said, then you can really know the place and begin to see and appreciate how it changes day by day. For me, returning again and again to a familiar place is like a devotional activity that shows reverence and respect. I'm glad your balcony provides a home for so many visitors and that you share all their interesting activities with us! I really appreciate that.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

stuck out tongue winking eye

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

So glad you posted the review because I had missed so many of your posts.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

This is my first time to write my cover story series in two languages, including English. Hope my friends can follow more comfortably.blush

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