Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Bukit Tiimah Nature Reserve


It was a Sunday late morning when we decided to visit the small park next to the Visitor Centre of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Having not been there for several months, we went there looking for interesting insect species to photograph. They were no where to be found except for a few crickets which we were not particularly interested in. Still, a walk close to nature is always rejuvenating. More so because of the rain earlier in the morning. Here's our lovely experience:
The still, reflective waters of the Bukit Timah Quarry.
A healthy and shiny bracket fungus that thankfully was not plucked by inconsiderate visitors.  

 The near-perfect symmetry of a fern leaf.
 A gecko camouflaged on the trunk of a tree.
 Grass or bamboo?
 Flowers of a jambu tree.
 And finally, the best encounter of the day - A single stalk of Bat Lily standing undisturbed surrounded by large, graceful leaves by the side of the road leading up to the summit of Bukit Timah Hill.






Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Garden by the Bay flowers in June

One of my favourite places in Singapore is the Garden by the Bay and in particular the Flower Dome where the good vibes emanating from the flowers, plants and trees make for better therapy than shopping. The conservatorium is cool because the flowers thrive in that kind of environment as most of them belong to countries in temperate zones. Although you do see flowers that are in our parks like hibiscus and flowers found in our gardens like roses, they are bigger and more brilliant than what we are used to seeing. There are many varieties, some of which are uncommon such as a lilac-coloured rose or hibiscuses the size of saucers.

See the slideshow of the flowers.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Dragonflies in Admiralty Park

 Dragonflies are posers. I read that they are very efficient killers and they can focus on a particular prey even if it is flying in a swarm and succeed most of the time in catching it for food. From a distance, they look pretty, hovering in the air, zig-zagging here and there, resting on twigs and leaves long enough for several photos to be taken. On closer examination, some of them look like they have faces and expressions. Closer still, you will see that they are frightening killing machines and I would like like to imagine, as Science Fiction has, what they might be like if they were larger than humans. Shudder! 

















Thursday, 14 March 2013

Spring is in the air!

 We do not have the four seasons in Singapore. We have sunshine, rain and flowers taking turns to bloom throughout the year. Still I like to say that because of the flowers I saw at the Botanic Gardens this morning, Spring is in the air! 













































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