In my dream life I would build a house just beyond that treed hollow in the middle of this photograph. It would be a house that respected it's surroundings and to a certain extent would be off the grid - except for the essential services like broadband internet and proper toilets. Thats not really "off the grid" so perhaps just a place that is kind to the environment.
The hollow itself is full of life. I was surprised to see a hare and a multitude of birds. The bluejays seemed to be following me as I walked, treating me like some kind of interloper, singing a warning to the others who live in this small area. Other than birds singing, it's amazing just how quiet it is there. Sound travels far in the country but in this particular area it provides an amazing contrast to the industrial mechanical noise of Taiwan's cities. The noise here never lets up and the opposite seemed true there.
I wonder if the people who live in such a place truly appreciate the gift of their surroundings.