Thursday, August 09, 2012


Piles of stuff. Part of our lives, found everywhere in Taiwan, like this pile of TVs on its way to the recycling center.

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A pile of wood outside Checheng.

Straw, man.

A house, reduced to rubble.

The hills are alive with piles.

Between the buildings is a great place to pile stuff.

Piles of wood for....?

Taiwan runs on piles of gravel.

A curve of wood near the broken railroad viaduct in Miaoli.

College student furniture.

On its way to the recycler.

A crushed shrine near the coast in Changhua.

What else can you do with such stuff?

Once a car, now a memory.

Soon to be burned.

Soon to be sold.

Why were they piled so neatly in the field?

Stacks of infrastructure.

Another common sight: piles of tires.

No idea what these are.

Our new metro in Taichung under construction.

Where old railroad stuff goes to die.

Piles of liquid containers.

Piles of rebar used in construction

Huge piles of wood are a common sight in Miaoli.

Piles of drying food, almost art.

If you are going to fix piles of stuff, you need piles of stuff.

I asked them whether this stuff ever gets stolen, piled out in the open, and they said it had never happened.

Piled at a BBQ meat place

A pile waits for a parade.

The cabbage pile.

One collector’s hoard of recyclables fills a Taipei sidewalk.

A pile of wood at a local lumber concern.

A factory near my house makes pretty piles of shreds.

Incense piled to dry outside a factory in Lukang

Add water, soil, and fertilizer, and in 90 days you’ll have a pile of food.

Another pile of storage containers awaiting use.

A gravel pile in the Rift Valley near Fuli.

A gigantic pile of shells.

A pile of tires outside the Taichung port.

A pile of pads at Sun Moon Lake

I could eat the whole pile.

The side of the road is a great place to find piles.

A pile resting along 193, just like me.

Where replacement poles come from.

A pile of delicious peppers.

Another Miaoli woodpile.

Just left to rot.


A pile of bags of sawdust and fertilizer used to grow mushrooms.

Fire: the final fate of many piles.
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jayrocmacisaac said...

excellent idea and photos

Jenna Cody said...


Taichung metro, you say?

I might visit Taichung for more than an afternoon if there's a metro.

Anonymous said...

That is so great!

Michael Turton said...

Jenna, no metro yet. A couple of more years....

les said...

Don't worry, the metro isn't going to link any two places that people need to travel between. It's only about money. A big pile of money.

Domenic said...

Wow. The world can end now. Michael posted his piles collection. I hope this is just one in a series...

Anonymous said...

Nice work, but you missed the money shot, a pile of steaming manure (KMT HQ).

Martin J Frid said...

A thousand years from now, will there be archeologists digging through these piles, wondering what on Earth we were thinking!

Geoff said...

Michael I sincerely hope that it is not now or in the future a personal affliction.

Anonymous said...

Coming from Taiwan, I never thought that I grew up in an environment like that. Apparently, piling up is still in my blood. Wish I could show you my garage to prove it. LOL...