Watching Kois

The recent Weekly Photo Challenges are just too difficult to me and I opt to post on other topics.

One of my pastime is watching kois swimming in a pond.

I can never forget watching them swimming in a tourist spot known as “Watching Kois in a Flower Pond” in the West Lake, China.dscf6440

That Winter day was cold and raining, giving a blue hue to the whole picture.

Ripples were set up in the water because of the rain.

Large schools of kois swam up and rushed together in the race for food.

That’s marvelous!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Sky )

This week’s DP photo challenge is Mirror.

A serene water surface is a mirror.

Here is a picture – the focus of which is not the green lotus leaves but the sky above with the sun and the clouds.11960017_1164400920243713_5924525724566303271_n

The quiet water serves as a mirror.

The picture was taken by my classmate YM Chan for whom credit is due.

Please enjoyūüôā

Cee‚Äôs 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 Рamong 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .