A Day at Macritchie Reservoir nature reserve 

Located in the centre of Singapore island, this nature reserve is a peaceful haven most of the time. Occasionally it does get more activity, nonetheless it’s a good spot for a meditative walk. Here are some sights from a recent walk.

The macaques move in and “own” the boardwalk. I don’t trust them and clutch my stuff tightly.
Leaves and reflections.
A boardwalk brings the trail closer to the reservoir shore.
Kayakers going up and down in their lanes.
Kayaks arrayed out.
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The Power of Nature

Tropical thunderstorms can be ferocious. In Singapore the worst ones happen in the middle of the night during the inter-monsoon season. Fortunately, apart from the need to get up to close the windows, I sleep very well through them! I love the rumbling thunder and the sound of the pouring rain. Sometimes, the wind gusts and howls, and it is accompanied by the crashing of things falling and breaking.

Here’s the evidence of one such gusty storm in April this year; an uprooted tree and broken bamboo stems, in the nature reserve. Part of the cycle of renewal, I’m sure.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

In Siem Reap, Cambodia, lies Ta Phrom, a late 12th century temple that was abandoned in the 17th century. Lara Croft (starring Angelina Jolie) was filmed here.

Left to nature, the trees gradually took over. It’s got to be seen to be believed. Spare a thought for the ancient builders who hauled the heavy stones, hacked them into shape and laid them straight. And then imagine how a few little seedlings grew into the cracks… imagine how their exploring roots extended and grew over the years, gradually enfolding the walls which had supported them.

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Ta Phrom 2

Ta Phrom 3

For more photo interpretations of “Enveloped” see the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Trees

When I need time off, not to think but to just “be”, I take a walk. A quiet time, not quite reflecting. Trying to be mindful, breathing deeply. And I take notice of the trees.

This picture doesn’t quite do justice to this grand tree and it’s birds-nest ferns.Sunlit Birdsnest

Closer to home, a bird’s nest, abandoned.DSC_2110

Here’s a sunbird courting a banana flower.

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A pink frangipani, living precariously between a busy road and a previous railway line (the ties have been removed).

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Mangrove tree roots are home to crabs…

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… and a family of otters.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. A diseased tree is “dead-headed”.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Note: Not all the pictures are from a single walk. The last three pictures were from Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve.