Aug 1, 2005

R&R Outing to Sungei Buloh

kilbunny is so right about basking in whatever sunlight remains. Just 2 hours before the mangrove walk, it wasn't raining cats and dogs, it was more like thundering elephants and hippos! Day seemed to turn to night and I prepared myself for a very cold, wet and dark venture into the swamps of Kranji. But the rest of the day was so amazing, that I can only describe it with pictures and prose...


"Written in March" by William Wordsworth
"The cock is crowing, The stream is flowing, The small birds twitter, The lake doth glitter, The green field sleeps in the sun ---
There's joy in the mountains, There's life in the fountains, Small clouds are sailing, Blue sky prevailing, The rain is over and gone!"


To truly appreciate nature, we should be like "The Happy Child" that poet W.H. Davies describes...

"I saw this day sweet flowers grow thick, but not one like the child did pick. I heard the packhounds in green park, but no dog like the child heard bark.


I heard this day bird after bird, but not one like the child has heard.
A hundred butterflies saw I, but not one like the child saw fly.

I saw the horses roll in grass, but no horse like the child saw pass.
My world this day has lovely been, but not like what the child has seen."

Every walk with Daniel is a learning experience as he has so many interesting facts to share - about nature, plants & creatures, and even weird non-nature-related facts. This Reefwalk R&R outing was a success, with a comfortable group of ten, cool weather for a leisurely stroll through the Kranji Nature Trail, followed by 'high tea' & a getting-to-know-you session at the cafe at SBWR. Thanks to all who came, and till we meet again...

11 comments:

Papa Jeff said...

Very nice !!! :)

Jeff

pammy whammy said...

Awwwww.... Soooo Sweeetttt.... :P

greengardn said...

at first i tot the froggies were so cute... then later i tot it looked more like two froggies, together, yet about to go their separate ways :(

kilbunny said...

i get what u mean greengardn. they look like they juz had a tiff. lilypad only has space for one froggie maybe.

fLoGgiE said...

Thank u, thank u.... for all the compliments. Yes, I know that I'm cute...

No, we're not having a tiff. We' re watching the world past by and reflexing on the finer moments of life..

nan said...

pics are real nice....

anyways, can anyone be so kind to tell me what plant is that at the top of the page pls? thk yous in advance!

greengardn said...

Urh...I dunno. When it's "arty-farty" pix that I shoot, I seldom know what the subject matter is, or it has an equally arty-farty name like "Crouching Green Leaves, Hidden Grasshopper". You'll have to check with that guy that likes plucking leaves.

kukubird said...

Hmm... I wonder who is this 'guy that likes plucking leaves'.. I like to pluck fruits or better.. beautiful flowers! You have any to offer in your garden?

On your left, Simpoh Air or "CB" tree (Dillenia suffruticosa). Right,
Teruntum Bunga Putih (Lumnitzera racemosa).

kilbunny said...

yikez. i've been told horror stories about the 'CB' tree. dreadful. is it the one that doubles as toilet paper?

greengardn said...

Whyzzit called the CB tree? What stories? I wanna know leh...

My garden...of course got flowers, fruits, butterflies, bugs and all things happy! Got lotsa trees to run & dance around also.

Talking about garden reminds me of this funny thing my Mom & I did yesterday while trying to chop down one of the banana trees in our garden back home. Both of us "macam" Lara Croft with rope & parang etc... The neighbour's cats & chickens had a good time laughing at us.....

nan said...

you cld hv used some of doreen's help for that chopping....

well, thks bluebird for the help with the name of the plant. i didnt even realise there's a cb tree on the left side.

greeng, if you 'open' the base of the cb leaf, you will realise why it is called the cb leaf....