Mahogany Trees

by David Wallace April. 10, 2020 389 views

CHANGI BEACH, SINGAPORE: For years there were a number of broad leaved mahogany trees that grew along the coastal walkway through Changi Beach Park. They were amongst my favourite sights in Singapore, tall, with beautiful bark and clumps of leaves up high.

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

I returned to the park one time to find them gone, their trunks chopped into small lengths. Somewhat devastated, I took the opportunity to pick a small piece of bark which sits on my desk as a reminder of happier times.

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

After the tragedy at the Botanical Gardens I think the NPB surveyed the trees, and sadly found them unsound. They were felled soon after in around 2017 or 18, which whilst perhaps necessary, was certainly very sad.

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

Resplendent on a beautiful evening in March 2014, one of the broad leaved mahogany trees stands in Changi Beach Park. It has fewer leaves than normal due to the prevailing drought (it hadn't rained since Christmas). Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 3.5/21 | Fuji Velvia 50

These were taken on simply the most beautiful evening. It had been a hazy day, but for whatever reason around 5pm the haze cleared, revealing a beautiful blue sky. Perfect for shooting Fuji's classic Velvia 50.

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