Sungei Buloh is one of the few remaining nature reserves that is preserved for future generations of city-bred Singaporeans. Such natural areas are abundant in neighbouring countries but a rarity in our congested city. It makes a good breath of fresh air and a get-away to get back to nature and recharge.
To see these pictures in high resolution, click on them to enlarge. #1 The root of the mangrove makes a mysterious pattern especially with sunlight bringing out the highlights and deep shadows between the roots.
#2 The object in the foreground is a crocodile. Click to enlarge and hopefully, you get to see something :p
#3 There are plenty of fishes under the bridge, you just need to stop and look.
#4 Yawning lizard. I must be pretty boring :(
#5 This is our nature guide. Without his guidance and wealth of information, we would have been totally “lost”.
#6 This squirrel seems to enjoy the spotlight.
#7 Mr.Hornbill is a rare sight and we are very lucky to have sighted him.
#8 Here's another shot for good measure. Of course, I could be wrong - it could be a Ms Hornbill. Any bird expert out there?
#9 A snake in the grass.
#10 Flower of the nipah palm. In the local dessert “ice kachang”, the seed of the plant or “attap” seed, is a favourite ingredient.
#11 Boardwalk with shelters at strategic location makes walking in the swamp like a walk in the park.
#12 Mangrove aerial roots make a nice pattern.
#13 The bright yellow leaves is a nice contrast to the dark ground.
#14 Here's another picture with a similar approach.
#15 Strong color contrast and water reflection is what prompted me to take this shot.
#16 Here's a shot of the same leaf from a different angle.
#17 The swampy ground and aerial roots of the mangrove makes an interesting picture.
#18 The sinewy and tough-looking roots contrast with the fragile colorful leaves of the seedling.
#19 What's a tropical swamp without giant monitor lizards?
#20 Here's the same fellow in full color and forked tongue.