Sunday, March 27, 2011

Latitude 40 north -Pittsburg PA USA

It snows!
Roster protect the herds

Icicles @ rock layers

Found the tree but...
This one flew away

Red stems

Antique shop

Old furniture anyone

frosted window

Corn field?

trees are still devoid of leaves in early spring

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NEPCN Northern Explorer Park Connector Network

This is the flower of the larger version of the mimosa
Woodlands ave 2 ( back of Sports School)

Singapore Sports School

Rest stp with drinking fountain and plants lined roof

Ulu Sembawang PCN

Umbrella needed... on this long stretch of road.

Pretty flower along the way

Tiny longkau waterfall, playing with shutter speed on the camera

Trying taking this from above ...

Local 'Cherry tree'

common mimosa flower.. tring out P7000 closeup

Trying the closeup mode on the hairy stem of grass

Upper Seletar Reservoir

We branched off the PCN and ventured into this short stretch of road leading into the Upper Seletar Reservior for lunch break

Close up of the 'fingers'

Finally hitting the Lower Seletar Reservoir. Khatib end

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A strange fruit turns out to be a fig

A ripe fig.

This is a climber.

I flipped over one to show the ostiole. I have no idea what fruit this is until
I torn open a ripe fig revealing the profusion of male / female flower structure. 
A check on Figs on Singapore identify this as Ficus pumila

Monday, March 14, 2011

Be a tourist a day

Millenia Walk
The Merlion Hotel
Singapore Flyer's
Helix Bridge
Singapore Skyline
Duck Tour
You jump I jump, or we all jump
Visiting Tourists in action

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Gunung Belumut, Kluang, Johore Mar 05 '11

Black fungus..

Gum from a trunk

Young fern Dipteris conjugata found at 600-1200 metres starting to unravel the leaves.

Near 80 degree slope. .not as difficult as it looks as there are plenty of branches and footholds to use.

Scouts doing their training in Park's compound.

Spotted this Sandbox fruit near the park. It was used as a blotting paper in the past to soak up ink.

Steep slope
Keep going ... The trail is badly eroded at places.

Boulder outcrop along the way.

Mossy forest zone - they can be found on stunted vegetation near summit ~ 1015 mete

Vertical slap of rock around summit.
Tiny little growths around the edge of this leaf.

Found in  lowland nutrient deficient soil  N. ampullaria  with narrow lid not covering the opening.

Fruits of a thorny palm. Do you know the name of this palm?

Fruit of palm. I was saved from a deep laceration from another backward pointing rows of thorns from a rattan vine - a piece of the T-shirt was torn off.
Stacks of growth on a tree trunk
Stream near the Park's HQ.

My keen eyes partner spotted this N. macfarlanei just beside  the footpath  leading to the summit
Cooler  mossy forest  plants. The whitish growth caught my attention. Some of the plants resemble those on KK slope. The three veins resembled those of Melastomataceae

 Gunumg Berlumut is tougher than Bukit Timah but minus the giant steps in the later. The primary reason is you continue your climb up and up for average of 3-4 hours. Most of the paths are under the secondary forest shade just like BT. My GPS had not problem putting down the bread crumb trail of the climb. The signals are not obstructed by the relatively light canopy.  Surprisingly there were quite a number  of fallen logs across the trail . The statistics seems odd as if the obstruction was human made.  As  there is only one trail up to the top and back you dont have to worry about making  the wrong turn.  However  trying to do the return trail at pitch dark probably is not a good idea / not allowed. and we were told to turn back if we can not reach the peak after 2:00pm. 

At 1000 meters you begin to feel that the air is few degree cooler, and more mosses grew on  the stunted undergrowth. After the false summit - a relatively flat sandy clearing, the summit is another 20 minutes of easy narrow  trail walk to the summit.The ground is wetter,  if you look hard enough you can spot pitcher plants and thorny screwpines with thin serrated leaves.   The exposed summit with an outcrop of rock can be very warm under the noon sun with no shelter. A small umbrella  will  definitely help. The rock at the so called summit is difficult to scale. Then Ii recalled seeing a criss-crossed metal railing on the sandy ground just beside the rock. You can use these to scale this rock!!!  We didn't stay long. After a few snapshots we headed back and reached the Park's entrance around 5:15pm. 

Overall the trail is relatively safe but help will be a couple of hours away on foot!. Few animals were seen, no monkey no squirrels seen so far.    On the ways we met scores of girl/guy  Scout running down the trails - it was a recreational trekking trail after all and a good workout for city folks.

Post note: The bathing facility in the toilet can be improved.The gravity fed water cant reach the flushing toilet. But i saw tank on elevated structures. Apparently the water there was directed else where.