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2012年8月31日 星期五

Tung Ping Chau 4 (Flora)

Tung Ping Chau has to offer not only its unusual sedimentary rock formation in various stages of erosion and its tumble down buildings, it is also covered with all kind of plants that we find on other outlying islands.
 



The path leading from the ferry pier to the main beach is covered with these tiny little daisies




Some daisies in various stages of growth




Found these morning glories opening their petal to the morning sun



Another one basking nonchalantly under the morning sun




Not only were they growing atop the broken down walls of abandoned house, they decorate the rear of the main beach right next to the ferry pier




I really like its color and the delicacy of its joined up petal with ribs which enable it to fold up upon sunset





a morning glory in the evening in the process of folding in




For some reason or other, they'd fold back their petals in the evening




I also found these really tiny flowers growing upon the sand on the beach




Their buds



Another type of really tiny flowers I found growing upon the beach




And also this giant cactus like plant with its thorny blades




Some lantanas in the morning sun. How happy they look !




Everywhere I went, I found these creepers




It's so nice to be ambling under the shelter of this naturally formed arbor over the path




The path is often carpeted by fallen leaves




Someone must have cleaned the path




From time to time, you got to avoid being tangled by these overhanging adventitious creepers




Some fallen flowers clinging precariously to a broken wall




Some fluffly flowers I found on the way




How soft and delicate are its hair !




I found a lot these tiny yellow flowers towering above the surrounding vegetation



Everywhere I went, I found these beautiful looking ferns




A break in the seaside path




Ah a giant spider. I remember having seen a similar one on Tung Lung Island too




I love to look at leaves under the sun: so full of life !




Some young papaya leaves




But sooner or later, all leaves must meet their common fate. A leaf turning all yellow and brown and yet how magnificent still




Another leaf all discolored and worm eaten




This one would not give up, despite the unrelenting nibbles of caterpillars struggling to keep themselves alive in the hope of eventually mating and reproducing. Does it have any choice?
 


This is probably the fate awaiting all of us: dried, crumpled, lying on the ground, returning to whence we came: the earth. Yet in the meantime, we must all learn to live, to the fullest, the best we can ! Time won't spare us ! We should not think that somehow we can be an exception. Emperors, kings, presidents, nobles, legislators, tycoons or just ordinary folks have gone that way before us. So shall we. All men are equal before Death, the great leveller. How precarious is life? And how precious ! 




They probably knew this




How cool the water ! How moving?




Anything better than sitting, lying down on one's back, enjoying the sun, the sea, the breeze and looking around?




Or whispering sweet nothingness?





2012年8月30日 星期四

Tung Ping Chau 3 (Buildings)

Tung Ping Chau is full of deserted and dilapidated buildings.



Trees and plants never lose time. If human beings have no further use of them, they shall be most happy to take our place.



The walls are all overgrown with creepers




To prevent total collapse, the side walls are propped up by wooden beams.



To provent the interior from being flooded by rain and cause damps and rot, the windows are hoarded up



Some of the deserted houses are used as rubbish dumps



The paints have peeled off and the windows are barred up


They'd use anything for sealing off the windows, slabs of sandstone and boards.



the original balustrades have broken down



Creepers make use of the wall and the window as support for their leaves.



You find creepers everywhere, on the walls, on the roofs



Trees also take advantage of the walls for support



It is obvious that rocks found on the island were used for building



Through the former window, we get a glimpse of how nature has completely colonized what man has left behind



Plants would take every opportunity to grow upon the debris and every available crack of abandoned houses



details of the broken down wall



Windows surrounded by plants and creepers



This house has lost even its door



Creepers climb up any strings dangling from the sealed window



light passing through the window of a deserted building



Another window overgrown by creepers




Torn cloths in front of a dislocated iron gate



A stone placed on the ledge to hold the iron mesh in place



plastic pipes for sale at $10/piece?



The shade over the terrace of a seaside store where I had a drink while waiting for the ferry for returning to Ma Liu Shui



patterns on the shade



A rope presumably for hanging clothes to dry under the sun?



A knot to hold the canvas of the "shade". Must everything ultimately be tied to the ground before it becomes secure?