There I am minding my footfall on the rocky slightly uneven trail when a unlikely flash of red stops me dead. On the usually quiet way from Dairy Farm Nature Park to Zhenghua Nature Park is a digger doing its work.
It occurs to me that the idea of refurbishing nature is quite funny, and not a little ironical. But I suppose with rain and erosion, it is necessary to keep our trails well-maintained for safety reasons. Still. It is just an interesting contrast in sight & thought.
This is my contribution to Debbie’s One-Word Sunday challenge: Contrast
I loved the ocean as a child; we spent many happy weekends playing in the sun & sand, building sandcastles and eating sand-flecked chicken stew which my mother lovingly cooked & my father painstakingly carried to our picnic mat under a shady tree. We took many seaside resort holidays, walking on many stretches of beach, filling our buckets with treasures and poking at strange creatures in tide pools with our toes, fingers and sticks. Continue reading “Nature as Muse”
One of the challenges as a parent, and indeed, as a participant in this world, is making the choice between the comfort of routine and the zen of going with the flow. As you would have undoubtedly experienced, most of us live somewhere in between these two ideals. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons, August 2018”
What started out as an excruciatingly hot and laborious run (our bad for starting out an hour later than we planned) became the setting & stage for lots of action shots this morning at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, Action!”
A good photographer is a constant observer. Out in nature, we have opportunities to watch and study a scene, from big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — to the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches.
While shooting outdoors, look for natural lines that lead your eyes to different parts of the frame. Study the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal. How can you use these lines in your composition? – Developing Your Eye II, Lesson 4: Leading Lines – Continue reading “Natural World: Lesson 4 Leading Lines”
I had an adventure this morning, running through Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, and then finding myself at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I covered only 7km but it was a delightful hour wandering through paths new to me, and while I have run through both these areas often, I did not realise they were connected. The joy of discovery! Continue reading “Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light”
I don’t always exercise in the morning as I sometime have driving commitments. When I do, I like to get out at dawn; I love the magnificence of the sunrise, the quiet of that time of day, and the drowsiness which curbs negative self-talk (read: too sleepy to mull over reasons why I shouldn’t hit the pavement). Continue reading “Guess who I met at the Singapore Botanic Gardens?”
Older Daughter & Loving Husband planted a handful of rosehip seeds which they harvested from a rosehip plant. This little guy was the only one who sprouted. Older Daughter checks on him every morning and evening, watering him carefully and tenderly. We are all waiting with her to see if more leaves will grow. Continue reading “Please grow!”
“Look at these leaves: they look artificial!” exclaimed Older Daughter as we brushed past this planter box after breakfast.
Younger Daughter had a break this morning, so we decided to have breakfast with her Sister on Campus before classes started for the day.
This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Structure, where we are invited to take a moment to take a moment to notice the structure of things around Continue reading “Taking a Closer Look”
I enjoy running on city streets; yet sometimes I take running in Singapore for granted. After the recent trip to Bangkok and running with some difficulty there, and then waking up this morning to a serious haze (the PM2.5 Air Quality index on aqicn.org logged at 153 Unhealthy at 8am), I have come to appreciate the days when we can go out and run safely. Continue reading “Green is the City”