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A few of the things that make living in the Country Park such a pleasure

Beetle

Beetle

Sai Kung Country Park  Thursday, 15 January 2009

Not quite sure of the exact species, but pretty sure it's a weevil


Morning Sky over Ko Tong Ha Yeung

Morning Sky over Ko Tong Ha Yeung

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Monday, 18 May 2009

We often wake up to staggering beauty like this.


KTHY sat morn

KTHY sat morn

Ko Tong Ha Yeung, Sai Kung Country Park  Saturday, 28 November 2009

Ko Tong Ha Yeung is a busy place


To Kwa Peng with Tai Mun Shan and Pai Mak Shan

To Kwa Peng with Tai Mun Shan and Pai Mak Shan

To Kwa Peng  Monday, 13 September 2010

More often than not, the park is empty


Scrabbly Path

Scrabbly Path

Sai Kung Country Park  Wednesday, 08 December 2010

Over the hills and far away are many of these hidden ways


Tap Mun

Tap Mun

Sai Kung Country Park  Wednesday, 08 December 2010

The view beyond the Wan Tsai peninsula to Tap Mun Island


Pak Sa O Valley

Pak Sa O Valley

Hoi Ha Road, Sai Kung Country Park  Saturday, 08 January 2011

A beautiful quiet valley in which is the ancient and unspoiled Chinese village of Pak Sha O.


Tin Hau Paper Offering

Tin Hau Paper Offering

Sai Kung  Thursday, 21 April 2011

A large paper offering to the goddess Tin Hau, popular deity in Hong Kong


Fern Fronds

Fern Fronds

Sai Kung Country Park  Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Parasol Mushroom

Parasol Mushroom

Sai Kung Country Park  Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Autumn not only brings out these wonders, the air is filled with the strong sweet aroma of decay and mould.


Small Bracket Fungi

Small Bracket Fungi

Sai Kung Country Park  Monday, 20 June 2011


Happy Squid in the Tai Tan Stream

Happy Squid in the Tai Tan Stream

Sai Kung Country Park  Sunday, 04 September 2011

Our doggy cooling off


Up the Hoi Ha Road

Up the Hoi Ha Road

Hoi Ha Road, Sai Kung Country Park  Monday, 19 September 2011

A hot day walking up the quiet Hoi Ha Road.


Flower Spike

Flower Spike

Sai Kung Country Park  Sunday, 25 September 2011


Long Harbour

Long Harbour

Long Harbour  Saturday, 12 November 2011

Nearly always empty, Long Harbour is a beautiful natural inlet, complete with coral and many marine species


Camellia

Camellia

  Wednesday, 01 February 2012

So many of these beautiful flowers in the park -all year round


Creeper Fungus

Creeper Fungus

Wong Mo Ying  Thursday, 29 March 2012

Ready for the inevitable decay


Birdwood's Mucuna Seed Pods

Birdwood's Mucuna Seed Pods

Shek Hang  Thursday, 29 March 2012

Birdwood's Mucuna is found near unpolluted water sources in HK, their long seed pods seen in clumps


Birdwood's Mucuna

Birdwood's Mucuna

Wong Mo Ying  Thursday, 29 March 2012

They form the giant seed cases later in the year


Unfurling 2

Unfurling 2

  Thursday, 29 March 2012


Seed Casings

Seed Casings

Wong Mo Ying  Thursday, 29 March 2012

Could not identify this creeper


Gum Flower

Gum Flower

Shek Hang  Thursday, 29 March 2012

Very attractive to fruit bats!


Amanita

Amanita

Tai Tan  Saturday, 07 April 2012

Prefers sheltered, moist soil


Ageing Rusella

Ageing Rusella

Tai Tan  Saturday, 07 April 2012

Fungi fruiting bodies may appear at almost any time of year


Blue Sunrise

Blue Sunrise

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Saturday, 07 April 2012

Not all mornings are bright!


Lily Leaves

Lily Leaves

Hoi Ha Road  Saturday, 07 April 2012

These umbrellas are an indicator that water is not far from the surface


Purple Bindweed

Purple Bindweed

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Saturday, 07 April 2012

Trails even up into the tree-tops


Rose Myrtle

Rose Myrtle

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Saturday, 07 April 2012

Rose Myrtles are ubiquitous across the hills of the Country Park. They help anchor sandy soil and their waxy leaves enable them to survive droughts and intense sunlight.


Shield Bug

Shield Bug

Wong Chuk Wan  Wednesday, 09 May 2012

Many of these spectacular bugs appear early in the summer. They are common across the region.


Black Bee

Black Bee

Hoi Ha Road  Wednesday, 09 May 2012

Recently emerging from its underground tunnel, this placid creature had beautiful iridescent wings.


Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Wednesday, 09 May 2012

A wonderful early summer butterfly. Unfortunately, this one had only one tail.


Young stick insect

Young stick insect

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Wednesday, 16 May 2012

This lovely visitor decided that our roof was the best place to be -who am I to disagree?


Scarab

Scarab

Tai Tan  Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Lots of these slow moving beetles in the park. They have a plentiful source of dung courtesy of the cows!


Female Changeable Lizard

Female Changeable Lizard

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Thursday, 28 June 2012

Came to stay with us for a little while to see what sort of food could be gleaned from the flower pots. The Changeable Lizard has a tail at least as long as its body. The male has a red throat which it uses to display during mating season.


Little Orange Fungi

Little Orange Fungi

Tai Tan  Monday, 02 July 2012

A tiny little crop of fungi growing between the forest path and the stream


Scarlet Sterculia

Scarlet Sterculia

Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Monday, 02 July 2012

During the early summer months these magnificent scarlet casings open up to shed this shiny black seeds.


Slug

Slug

Hoi Ha Road  Wednesday, 04 July 2012

Captured slowly steaming across the Hoi Ha Road oblivious of the danger he was in.


Sea Hare

Sea Hare

Tai Tan  Sunday, 08 July 2012

There are certain times each year when the beach above the water is covered in these strange little beasts.


Green Rose Chafer Beetle

Green Rose Chafer Beetle

Pak Tam Road, Ko Tong Ha Yeung  Thursday, 19 July 2012

Quite a pest on certain crops, this poor little chap didn't quite make it across the Pak Tam Road to the forest canopy