Sunday, February 25, 2007

Botanic Gardens - Sydney Harpley bronzes

There 3 bronze sculptures by British sculptor Sydney Harpley in the Botanic Gardens - Girl on a Swing, Girl on a Bicycle, Lady on a Hammock. These were gifts to the Gardens by former Singapore's Ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal, Mr David Marshall. These bronze masterpieces symbolise youth and the fun of living and are dedicated to the children of Singapore.
I got to go photograph the "People of the River" series these sculptures depict the lifestyles of early inhabitants along the river along the Singapore River.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Suspended amongst the tree tops

This is literally in my backyard and it took me four years and a visiting american friend to take me into the nature reserve to attempt one of the longer hiking routes in MacRitchie.
The route brings you through different stages of a mature secondary rain forest with the Tree Top Walk as the highlight.
The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang in MacRitchie. Suspended 25m above the ground, the walkway gives you a closer look at the canopy.
One is suppose to be able to view of some of forest birds; Colugos (flying lemurs) and Long-tailed macaques (monkeys); view trees from an entirely different angle. Some 80 species of birds and 18 rare trees can been spotted in the forest. We saw none during our hike as it was too late in the morning. We did however enjoy the panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir.
The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (1.5 - 2 hour walk) from the reservoir park and 2.5 km (45 mins - 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace)." Leah and I covered it in 2.5 hours.
Treetop Walk is located near Treetop Walk; near Pierce Track; 0.2 kilometre away from Petaling Trail; 0.4 kilometre away from Sime Track; 0.4 kilometre away from Terentang Trail.

Orchid - Phalaenopsis

I started out with two pots which didn't quite do well till I learnt how to take care of them. Since then, I've added a couple more plants which were rescued from the cheap sale counter at the flower garden. These beauties now flower quite often and they are very showy indeed when you have all three plants in bloom with multiple stalks.

Orchid - Dendrobuim Trujillo Alto

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Bird of Paradise

Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and one of the most unusual and attractive members of the banana family. This plant bears a unique flower that resembles a brightly colored bird in flight, giving it the common name, bird-of-paradise.

In contrast to the banana, the bird-of-paradise is trunkless. The foliage resembles small banana leaves but has long petioles. Leaves are thick, waxy, and glossy green, making it a very attractive ornamental. Leaf blades are 6 inches wide and 18 inches long. The plant usually reaches a height of 4 feet.

Bird-of-paradise thrives in most soils, but does best in rich loamy soils with good drainage. For good flower production, place plants in sunny or partially shaded locations.

For best growth and flowering, bird-of-paradise requires fertilization. Slow-release fertilizers, such as sewage sludge and bloodmeal, or an inorganic complete fertilizer such as 12-4-8, can be used.