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大年初四,花開富貴迎財神。

It's the 4th of Chinese New Year. Traditionally, it's the day for people to welcome the money god back in their houses. Blooming flowers also represent growth and prosperity, a great day to see blooms indeed!

爸爸退休後迷上了攝影,距離上一次爸爸認真照相已經好多年,那時候還是用軟片的時代。我記得當初在高中我學了三年的攝影,用的就是爸爸年輕時代使用的舊相機,那台拍完還要以手動的方式轉回整卷軟片的相機。後來爸爸轉手送給了表哥,其實我還蠻想念那台相機的。

After retirement, my dad has become quite a digital photography fanatic. It's been a while since dad was this serious with photography, the last time was probably when I was a toddler, when film photography was the norm. I remember using my dad's old camera in high school for my film photography classes. The camera was so old school that I had to wind the film back by hand after I'm done shooting. Later on, my dad passed the camera on to my cousin, at that time I didn't feel much, but now I wish I had kept it.

退休幾年下來,爸爸經常去上課、學習,數位相機已經用的非常上手,鏡頭齊全,配備充足。現在我只要回台灣,一定會找機會約爸爸出去拍照,也算是我們父女倆人共同的興趣了。今天爸爸選擇來花博散步,接近綠意,遠離東區爆炸多的人。一邊拍照,一邊聊天,就這樣輕鬆的度過一天。

After a few years of practice and classes, digital photography has become the norm for dad. He has all the serious lenses and gears. Whenever I'm in Taiwan, I would always ask him to go on a shooting (photo) date with me. Photography has become one of our mutual interests. Dad took us to the botanical garden today to chase some greens and to get away from all the crowds in downtown Taipei. Strolling, chatting and shooting, what a relaxing way to spend a day!