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Random nature shots …

Doing my training for Rinjani and marathon around different parks and taking random photos this week with phone camera (first two shots) ..

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Bishan Park II (the one nearer to Upper Thomson Rd) – nice symmetry and greenery!

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Bishan Park II – pink and white flower carpet  🙂

Also have been carrying my backpack, with DSLR to train for Rinjani, at Gardens by the Bay area ..

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Lilies, always a wonderful sight at the pond by the Art Science Museum!!

and Macritchie ..

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Very exciting week ahead as D and me head to Rinjani this week!! 🙂

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Sandpipers, forked tongues and blood suckers! A half day trip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

Visited S. Buloh Wetland Reserve today (17 Sep 2013) as this is supposedly the season when the migratory birds are around (due to winter, which I guess must be in the Southern Hemisphere, or maybe that is why I wanted to go in August, which is the tail end of winter, but could not due to rain on that day?).

Anywhere, I went and was richly rewarded – many sightings of birds (sandpipers, egrets, herons, kingfishers, etc), other wildlife (crocodile, monitor lizard, giant mudskippers, squirrel), and plenty of mosquito bites  –  remembered everything (bino, camera and long lens, long pants, trekking boots, water) except that I forgot to bring repellent. But never mind, consider it as a blood donation, in exchange for the many photos taken  at the reserve 🙂  (Important: to any one contemplating going, try not to donate blood; the minimum number of mozzies that will draw blood from you will be more than 20, but you will also get to eliminate the lifes of just as many; bad karma for all parties).

Here are some other shots (different from the ones on my facebook album) –

Two birds

Two birds

Sandpipers

Sandpipers

"Only a sandpiper" by Li Lienfung, mother of Ho Kwong Ping - a coincidence that I borrowed this book 2 weeks ago, and watching sandpipers at S. Buloh!

“Only a sandpiper” by Li Lienfung, mother of Ho Kwong Ping – a coincidence that I borrowed this book 2 weeks ago, and watching sandpipers at S. Buloh today!

Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. Gandalf

Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. Gandalf quote

3 white egrets

3 white egrets

take-off !

take-off !

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fascinating facts - seabass starts off as male and ends up when mature as female ... (conclusion: male are immature?)

fascinating facts – seabass starts off as male and ends up when mature as female … (conclusion: male are immature?)

how to identify commonly seen birds

how to identify commonly seen birds

hideaway - to hide while you while away your time looking at birds (of the feathered kind)

hideaway – to hide while you while away your time looking at birds (of the feathered kind)

hideout - enclosed and with seats, serving similar function as hideaway ...

hideout – enclosed and with seats, serving similar function as hideaway …

shelter - no bus stopping here though, keep walking after the rain stops

shelter – no bus stopping here though, keep walking after the rain stops

the gravel trails - best to wear high-cut hiking boots due to uneven ground, and small stones getting into shoe.

the gravel trails – best to wear high-cut hiking boots due to uneven ground, and small stones getting into shoe.

The Aeria - this, by the way, is not a restaurant

The Aeria – this, by the way, is not a restaurant

sign postings at junctions means no need for map

sign postings at junctions means no need for map

A trip worth making today, for the educational experience, photos and blood donation!

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