Flora and Fauna of Milford Sound

I am amazed at the number of rare species that one can found at Milford Sound, New Zealand.IMG_0032

Here are some photos taken by my wife during her travels last year.IMG_0042

Many of these species are unknown and unheard of by me.IMG_0009

They look amazing and make me all the more appreciative of the wonders of nature.IMG_0018

One just asks why such plants exist.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Enveloped (by Plants)

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These are images showing houses enveloped by plants – vines and wild plants and sometimes, even flowers.CIMG5630

They are local examples.

The pictures were taken in the northern part of the New territories of Hong Kong.CIMG5648

I may go back some other time and see whether the plants have taken all over.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate ( Flowers in Inner Mongolia)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Intricate.

I am attempting to show intricacy in the nature.DSCF2225A

Here are some of the plants and flowers I saw in Inner Mongolia, China.

To me, they appear to be Intricate!



Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Week 1

This is the first week Lingering Visions is hosting the new Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Week 1.

I have two pictures both taken in Latvia, a Baltic country, showing windows which I find interesting.

I like many of the details in the picture below: the flower-pot in the form of a pig, the yellow flowers, the color and texture of the timber frame and shutter,  the black hinges, the contrast in colors etc.DSC_0008

On the other one, the focus is more on the wall than on the windows. Again, there are flowers below the window sill, the reflections from the window pane, the old  windows.  The paint on the wall below the window has cracked off showing a bad state of repair.DSC_0074

A window is defined as a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass window pane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air.

I like windows, not only for the light and the fresh air; gazing out the window often gives me the opportunity of day dreaming and deep thinking. . . . . . .

Travel Theme: Multiples

Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack has a weekly Travel Theme.  This week it is Multiples.

My mind is still filled with “outdoors and nature” from the last post.  In nature, it won’t be difficult to find multiples as many species do exist in multiples . What about starting off with some flowers, then trees and other plants. . . . . . . .

These are the flowers found at Victoria Park, Hong Kong.DSCF6118

The tulips were in full bloom when we were in Morges, by the Geneva lake, Switzerland.DSCF0024

Some flowers from a flower show in Hong Kong.DSCF6108

A forest of bamboo in Tateyama Kurobe, Japan.DSC_0044

A line of casurina trees at the beach front of Langkawi iland, Malaysia.DSC_0062

Multiple palms on a beach in Langkawi, Malaysia.DSC_0119

More palms at a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand.DSC_0618

Several bare trees in New York City, USA.New York 2

Several trees by the side of a peaceful lake in JiuZhaiGou, China.065

Multiple trees and multiple flowers in Furano, Hokkaido, Japan.CIMG0205

A field of chrysanthemum in Xian Shan park in Beijing, China.DSCF2766

Countless numbers of lotus leaves floating on a pond in Hokkaido, Japan.038

It seems good things do not come singly. They occur in multiples. May your happiness multiply in the year 2013!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My 2012 Outdoors and Nature

2012 will be remembered as a year in which I have successfully transitioned from work to retirement. A year in which a new routine is established – among other things, weather permitting, each morning, we will go for a walk or hike after breakfast. This has now become part of our daily exercise. For the first time in my life, I have more time for outdoors and to be more in touch with nature!

Not far from where we live, there is a Country Park with a good walking trail into the forest. The walk starts off with a steep trail, passing by some resting ground for visitors (photo below),  a stream and then you are into the wooded forest.CIMG1201

The narrow trail usually have trees on both sides and with foliage on top so we are sheltered from direct sunlight.CIMG1224

Once in a year, a section of the trail is covered with pink petals fallen on the ground. Many times, we wondered whether we should walk on it as it is just so beautiful. We walked as if we were walking on a soft pink carpet. CIMG1244

Everytime, we walk past this slope which is covered with a close mesh of tree roots, we couldn’t help amazed that trees have such a strong will to survive reaching down for water.CIMG1234

We also pass by woods that have lianas (wooded vines) hanging from trees to trees. In Chinese, they are known as ” river crossing dragons” as they look like dragons which fly from one tree to another without any intermediate supports.  CIMG1202

This wood is not just about trees, shrubs and roots. It has exotic  flowers too.CIMG1231

Sometimes, we were delighted at the ordinary sight of leaves and tree trunks illuminated by sunlight.CIMG1208

When we have time, we may wander further afield, stopping by an educational farm. Here we are in close touch with nature.

We like the mix of red flowers and green plants. . . .  . .DSCF6026

as well as the ferns, trees and the shrubs, imagining that we are inside a tropical forest.DSCF6029

Every now and then we come across flowers which we do not know much about.DSCF6046

Occasionally, we stroll by the seaside, maybe just to have a good look at the rocks on the beach. . . . . . .CIMG0457

or wondering how on earth these abandoned cows have survived so many years near to the beach.CIMG2823

Other times, we would walk up to open green areas where we take a deep breath. . . . . . .CIMG2465

or have a close look at placid ponds to appreciate the delicate ecological balance.CIMG2463

Finally, we may just stop by a picturesque pond and take a good rest.CIMG0429

This is probably a snap shot of what we did when we did not travel overseas.

We are thankful that  nature has been so kind to us, revealing itself in all its beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .