Well 2011 is coming to an end midnight today. I hope the year has been good to you and your loved ones. May the new year bring you more good fortune and happiness.
Thank you friends for taking the time to read the blog, clicking on the like button, leaving your comments and all the encouragement. I fulfilled the “Post a Day” WordPress challenge. Whew! What a relieve! Come next year, I will be focusing more on building my photography portfolio so posting will slightly reduced. Over time, this blog has evolved to a travelogue, photo-for-the-day, information and focus on Punggol Waterway. This has become a personal project of mine. For next year, posts on Punggol Waterway will usually be done on weekends. Events or travel information will be posted as and when there is something to report. Photography wise, I will like to post Photo-of-the-Week on a Monday. Hopefully all these plans are on schedule.
This photo is the last sunset of 2011. Glad I went out today after a whole day of having fever. Nothing like some exercise to make you feel a bit better. Those attending the new year’s countdown, have a great time! Happy New Year, everybody! May 2012 bring you good tidings!
The filter effect. Once in a while, I do like to experiment. Take a photo, use the filter software and check out the result.This was done using ACDSee 14. I had a trial run of 30 days before the free use is over. They do have some amazing filters there. It was great fun experimenting. Looking at this picture, I am a wee sad. It is almost the end of year. A time of reflections and new beginnings. We all grow a little bit older though some seem to get younger year by year. Hmm. This tiny forest is the remains of time past. A few years down the road, all its existence will be wiped out. I am thankful to be given this time to cherish what has remained and record its history. Peace all.
Let’s have a look at the flora and fauna around us. These are pictures recording the stages of a Bean’s Life. From its first bud, to the flowering stage and finally emerging as a bean. I don’t have the scientific name of these plants. Just love the sunny yellow flowers. These plants are planted around the Waterplay area at Punggol Waterway. Have a closer look if you are there.
The Budding Stage
Plants shoots or buds full of life
The Flowering Stage
Beautiful Yellow Flowers emerging from the plants buds
The Fruits Stage
From the Yellow Flowers, these beans come to its Fruitful stage
The lower half of the yellow flowers already sprouted young beans. When they mature, these grow into these branches of beans. Not too sure if they are edible for human consumption though.
Little Bird taking comfort against the strong winds
This little birdie seemed to have made this perch its home. No matter how many times it flew off to other places, it came back to this very perch again and again. It was so windy that day. Gushes of strong wind flew by and ruffle its feathers constantly. It seemed to be huddling against the cold. At times, a mate or companion flew by to sit at its side. It seemed unafraid when I try to get a closer look. I’ll come by to see you this weekend, little birdie. See you!
As seen from the bridge, this is a view of Punggol Waterway. The Waterplay area with the water cannons and water fountains are on top the hill, next to the “Rustic Bridge” or suspension bridge. While I was there, the water started sprouting around 8.45am. Not sure if that is the usual timing or if they were turned on because a group of kids and their teachers, I assumed, arrived there exactly at that time. The look of joy and excitement on the kids faces were delightful to see.
This picture is more of a wide angle frame of the surroundings. At that hour, the sun shined at a low angle and I wanted to capture the green glow of the grassland with the trees casting shadows and there was a slight mist on the background.
Next time if you are there around this hour, do check if the water fountains at the Waterplay area are switched on at 8.45am.
Wake up! Good morning! Rise and shine. Monday morning and it is Boxing Day, yeah? Hope everyone have a wonderful holiday. Here is a picture of a golden sunrise with Pulau Ubin in the background. Taken while I was there at Punggol Promenade, on the right side of Punggol Beach Jetty Point a few months ago. When the light and cloud conditions are in perfect alignment, this is a great location for sunrise photography. The birds, ships and airplanes are zipping by constantly. I am still waiting for that brilliant red sunrise shot. Take the time to wake up early, breathe in the cool air, sit back and watch the warm glow of sunrise slowly lights up the scene.
Merry Christmas to all those celebrating! Be good and have a wonderful holiday and exciting New Year!
I am still away on holiday and today’s entry was scheduled for posting before I went away on holiday. This picture is taken on the same location as yesterday. Except this time it is done in black and white and taken at a wider angle. A contrast of silhouette and brighter hues of white snow and sky.
Windows are great gateways and lookout points for the natural landscapes beyond. I was going through my New Zealand pictures and found this.
Side View of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown through a window
It was taken sideways. This close, the camera could not quite capture the top frame of the window. On hindsight, I should have stand further back so the whole window can fit in. All done and said. In any case, it was a beautiful sunny day on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown – adventure capital of the world. So they claim. I will attest to that. If you really have only one day to spend here, I would highly recommend visitors to join a lake cruise with Real Journeys on the historic steam engine boat, ESS Earnslaw. Quite a sight to behold, especially during sunset.
Lake Geneva in winter can be cold and grey when there is no blue sky. The giant fountain is not sprouting during the cold season but there are still plenty of things to see. Sit back, chill out and watch the scenery goes by. One of my favourite thing to do while there was watching the birds gliding by. Especially the swans. The white swan is in this picture but there were black swans there too. So bring along some bread if you are heading there. They will come flying.
Beautiful Winter Landscape in Beatenberg, Niederhorn
Seeing the snowflakes drifting by the WordPress blog, I can’t help but wish for a winter wonderland. Somewhere far away – beautiful mountains and white snow covering the ground and chimney tops. But inside the home, it is so toasty warm.
It had always been a dream of mine to travel to see with my own eyes such surreal landscapes. I found it during my travels to Turkey, New Zealand and Switzerland. I will always remember being awestruck and so humbled by nature’s blessings.
Come February next year, I’ll be returning to Switzerland. Can’t wait! Meanwhile, here is a winter landscape taken in Beatenberg, Niederhorn. Just take a bus from Interlaken West station. As the bus climbs higher, layers of fog cover the valleys below and the blue hues of Lake Brienz greet the eyes. Endless wonder. Wish I am there right now.