寶城 Boseong Daehan Tea Field in all weather
This past weekend I went to Boseong (寶城), one of the three primary places in South Korea tea is grown. Boseong tea cultivation began under the Japanese. The fields are famous for their strict lines, whereas tea fields in other parts of Korea are more rustic.
I lucked out with the weather. When I first arrived at the most famous of the tea fields, Daehan, the weather was cloudy. Rain began pouring from the sky. After eating a very late lunch, the sky became very foggy.
I went back the next day, when it was very sunny and clear.
Each type of weather gave a different feeling. The cloudy fields were kind of gloomy, but did not present the tea leaves for anything other than what they were.
The rain released the fragrance of the tea leaves. I could breathe easily with the combination of fresh air (the ocean is not far away) and the scent of high quality tea. The rain drove away the masses of people that were in the field, making photographs more special.
The fog helped create a perception that the tea fields would go on to infinity, since the nearby forest was obscured by the fog. It also created an interesting view to the heavens as there were some graves punctuating the fields. Above them, the tea gave way to fog.
Finally, the sunny fields presented the eyes with a lot more colour intensity, making everything seem more alive and youthful. The bright green-yellow colour of all the tea bushes almost gave the feeling of a well-kept golf course. Unfortunately, the good weather also brought along many more visitors, many of whom polluted the air with cigarette smoke.