Singapore Botanic Gardens

  • Posted April 18, 2010 by Chweeleng Viewed 321 times

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a dynamic and living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, established the first botanical and experimental garden on Government Hill (Fort Canning Hill) in 1822, shortly after his arrival in Singapore.

The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. Planned as a leisure garden and ornamental park, the Society organised flower shows and horticultural fetes. In 1874, the Society handed over management and maintenance of the site to the government.

The Garden promises endless opportunities for photo enthusiasts. These photos are the result of a quick Sunday morning stroll with good friends and fellow photo enthusiasts.

The place is a natural attraction for birds. These pigeons have a wall of their own, as spied behind some foliage.

These swans are the visitors' favourites. They are free roaming and there are black ones too but I couldn't find them this morning.

A serene slide through the waters of the lake.

These ducks waddle together in their favourite part of the Gardens.

And occassionally take off for a better view.

Sometimes they climb over each other's head in their fight to be top duck.

A gentle flight over the lake to greener pastures.

You can find sparrows everywhere.

Some get a bit ruffled under the feathers.

Dragonflies add to the color and vibrance of the place.

A fish lie in wait for a tasty morsel from visitors.

Talk about fishy breath! I wouldn't want to be near this fellow.

Lotus flowers float gently on the waters all over the Garden.

The waters make great reflections

This image is another reflection of a mangrove.

The gentle morning rays cast interesting shadows over the moss.

These little red flowers provide good color contrast to the green leaves.

Sunlight on a leaf makes a nice natural “lamp”.

These red fruits provide color contrast to the brown branches and ground.

Up close, these bluish flowers are really impressive.

A mangrove showing its impressive air roots.

Bamboo shoots, with varying shades of color, makes an attractive sight especially with sunlight spilling on them.

The Garden is a favourite place for morning exercise.

Or a place to feed the fishes.

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    • # Aneta

      Wow, a really amazing post!!!
      I fall in love... I can't stop looking for a bluish and lotus flowers!

      2010.05.06 Reply Cancel

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