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In bloom
Penghu's Gaillardia Garden (澎湖菊苑), a 4-hectare flower bed seen in this photo taken Monday, Feb. 27, survived the recent cold weather and the northeasterly winds due to the hard work of the Forestry Bureau.
A good day for woodball
Contestants play woodball in Penghu's first Freshman Cup, Sunday, Jan. 15.
Kenyans sweep Kinmen race
Cecilia Wayua Michael takes the women's title in the 2017 Kinmen Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15. Michael completed the women's race in 2:51:06, while George Mbugua Nguyen of Kenya completed the men's marathon in 2:20:46 to snatch the men's title. The winners of the men's and women's divisions each earned NT$200,000 (US$6,338) in prize money.
An unlikely visitor
A wild short-eared owl caught in the bird net at Kinmen Airport in mid-November is seen in this photo taken in Kinmen on Thursday, Dec. 8. After discovering the bird, which is an endangered species, the airport handed it to Kinmen County government for medical care and rehabilitation. The bird was released into the wild on Thursday afternoon.
Bridge to environmental destruction
This undated file photo shows tourists wading across shallow water toward an island during low tide in Penghu County. But the arrival of thousands of people every month poses a threat to the environment. The county government is assessing a plan to collect "cleaning fees" to control the numbers of tourists and to fund environmental protection work.
Cracking down
Chinese mitten crabs are seen in this photo provided by the Penghu Reconnaissance Brigade under the Coast Guard Administration on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
What the storm brought
The mainland China-registered freighter "Kong Thai Tai Zhou" is seen in this photo taken in Kinmen waters on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The vessel was stranded in waters off Kinmen after it was blown by strong winds brought by Typhoon Meranti from Xiamen, China, to the outlying county on Sept. 15. A firm commissioned by the owner of the vessel managed to take the vessel off the shoal reef area it was stranded in on Tuesday. The freighter is expected to leave Kinmen on Nov. 16.
Kenyans triumph in Penghu
Kenyan runner Cecilia Wayuaoki Michael crosses the finish line to take first place in the Penghu FAT Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Some 400 players from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia competed in a survival game at a former military base in Kinmen on Saturday, an activity that was organized by the offshore county to help boost its tourism.
Surf's up, dude!
A windsurfer shows off his skills ahead of a winter windsurfing championship in Penghu County on Thursday, Nov. 10. Sixty athletes from seven nations will complete in the three-day championship starting Friday.
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