Macro Photography Outings – August 2015

I visited only three macro sites in August namely, the Green Corridor, Kampong Chantek Nature Trail and Pasir Ris Park.

The Green Corridor is an uninterrupted stretch of greenery that runs the entire length of Singapore, from the old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station in the south to the border of Malaysia in the north!    We covered only a small part of the Green Corridor ie. starting from the Rail Mall and explored towards Bukit Timah Train Station.

The most prominent landmark at the Rail Mall area has to be the black railway truss bridge. Many Singaporeans come here during weekend for some photographs with the bridge.

(The black )

(The black railway truss bridge)

With greenery on both side of the path, this is an excellent trail for walking, cycling and at the same time serving as a wildlife corridor.

(Macro photographers in action)

(Macro photographers in action)

There were quite a number of wild flowers found at the site such as this pair of beautiful Lavender Sorrels (Oxalis barrelieri).

(Wild flowers)

(Lavender Sorrels in backlighting)

White Weed (Ageratum conyzoides) flowers are plentiful too, attracting many tiny Lesser Grass Blue butterflies to feed on them.

(Butterfly feeding on white weed flower)

(Butterfly feeding on white weed flower)

Kampong Chantek used to be a Malay village existed near the former Turf Club along Bukit Timah Road. It is now a nature trail where people, mainly from the nearby private residential area, would come here during weekend for a morning walk or hiking. The start of the trail is at the end of the long Jalan Kampong Chantek road in front of Murnane Service Reservior.

(Kampong Chantek Nature Trail)

(Kampong Chantek Nature Trail)

The first subject that greeted us was a bright green katydid. It stands out when shooting against a dark background with backlighting.

(Bright green katydid)

(Bright green katydid)

Just a metre away, there was another katydid, the most colourful one that I have seen so far.

(A colourful katydid)

(A colourful katydid)

I can’t help but to take a frontal shot of this beautiful katydid as well.  Unlike other common katydids, the eyes and legs are turquoise in colour.

(Frontal view of a colourful katydid)

(Frontal view of a colourful katydid)

Tree-stump spiders (Poltys illepidus) are not easily spotted during the day as they would remain motionless with the legs drawn tightly close to the body with just the eyes protruding between the legs. In this position they resemble part of a dead twig or a broken piece of wood hanging in the centre of a vertical web. I was fortunate to find one here, my first sighting of such a unique spider.

(Tree-stump spider)

(Tree-stump spider)

Kampong Chantek is a good site to find wild mushrooms during the wet days. There were hundreds of them sprouting almost everywhere when my friends visited the place a week before. Although most of them had dried out, we still managed to find a few interesting ones.

(Wild mushrooms)

(Wild mushrooms)

(Close-up shot)

(Close-up shot)

Our star of the day got to be this group of yellow fungi that look a little like stalactites in cave! They were found underneath a fallen tree trunk which was quite a challenge to photograph. I had to lie very low on the ground only to take this record shot.

(Yellow fungi)

(Yellow fungi)

A visit to Pasir Ris Park on 29 August was a forgettable trip for me. It was windy and I couldn’t find any subjects interesting enough to photograph. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the good company of my regular macro kakis.

(Nian Huei & Samuel in action @ Pasir Ris Park)

(Nian Huei & Samuel in action @ Pasir Ris Park)

Hopefully, my macro outings in September would be more fruitful.

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2 thoughts on “Macro Photography Outings – August 2015

  1. It’s a treat getting your blog post in my email. Your posts aren’t pretentious but instead are tiny jewels to me. I dream of visiting Singapore someday and reading your comments with photos brings me closer to the country. It gives me an idea of what the flora and insect life is like. Thank you, Anthony.

    • Hi Jude, Thanks for dropping by my blog again. If you do visit Singapore, please let me know. I will bring you to those wild places that I mentioned in my posts 🙂 Cheers and regards, Anthony.

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