Today, despite the gloomy weather I headed to the nature parks nearby the Punggol Reservoir. The Sengkang Riverside Park is apposite the Anchorvale Community Centre and is parallel to the Punggol Reservoir. Here are the pictures.
Sengkang Riverside Park
Punggol Park Connector
The Sengkang Riverside Park connects with the Punggol Park Connector, as shown in this photo.
That is the TPE Highway track. Here is the map of the Punggol Park Connector.
As can be seen from the entrance to the Punggol Park Connector, there is not much light underneath the TPE highway tracks. But there is always a surprise.
This photo was taken from underneath the TPE Highway. Yes, it was a bit dark underneath the highway. There was this small ray of light coming from one direction. I took the opportunity to use the ambience light to capture this picture. I don’t like taking pictures with flash. Sometimes the natural and available light is all it needs to capture the scenery.
Opposite this view is this picture of the TPE Highway tracks. I have always thought the two tracks are joined. Now I see that they are not.
After crossing the walking path underneath the TPE Highway, I took this picture of the signboard.
As I was walking, a cyclist passed by.
Views of the Punggol Reservoir amidst the rainy landscape.
As the above pictures show, the amount of light can changed dramatically. To avoid a greyish picture, it is best not to point at the grey clouds. Instead, focus on the foliage. The end result, as shown in the last photo, is a much brighter picture as the clouds above act like a diffuser and there is really no need to use the camera flash. Same scene, minutes apart, just different composition.
It started raining before I reached the end of the track. I came prepared with an umbrella but as it was the shelter was within sight when the rain really became a downpour. Currently there are two shelters, one somewhere in the middle and the other is near the end of the track.
I thought the rain had stopped and started walking forward and took this picture.
This orange muddy water came from the drain. This catchment area, just next to the second shelter, filter rubbish and the dirty water before clean water is filtered and released to the reservoir.
About 30 meters from the second shelter, the track ends. The Punggol Park Connector, when completed, will connects with the Park Connector at the Serangoon River. So all the parks will be a continuous track from one estate to the other. I look forward to see that.
It started raining heavily again and I turned back to the shelter and took this picture while waiting for the rain to slow down a bit.
As I walked back in the rain, not a single person was there at the track. I guess everybody turned back when it started raining. Despite the weather, I had a good time. Solitude with nature can really ease a heavy heart and brings peace to the soul. Along the way, I saw birds chirping, two big eagles soaring high and I felt as one with nature.
In combination, it was about 2 kilometers walking distance from my place. Nature is so nearby if one just reach for it.
Have a great weekend!
Update : The PCN to Punggol Beach, Punggol Point is not officially opened but you can walk, jog and cycle there. See more photos here : Park Connector Network (PCN) from Sengkang Riverside Park to Punggol Beach