香港墳場的美麗綠空間 the green treasures of hong kong cemetery

我是喜歡逛墳場的人,當然限於有美感的墳場而不是純功能性的那些。

跑馬地的香港墳場,更隔一陣子便會重遊。因為那裡幽靜、美麗,歷史和綠色的內容非常豐厚。

聖誕假期,陽光和煦,就禁不住登上電車,支赴跑馬地。

i love graveyard walk because they are always quiet and solemn. hong kong cemetery in particular is the one i frequent. it is easy to reach, it is beautiful physically. the great depth of history is hard to resist. and it is a treasure land of historic trees and greenery.

it was sunny this past christmas holiday, so one morning i just hopped on a tram heading to happy valley.

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從馬場對面的入口踏進墳場,向左不遠,落羽杉正換冬衣。

entering the cemetery opposite the racing course. not far on the left, a few bald cypress started shinning orange in the sun rays.  bald-cypress-hk-cemetery-dec2016-a bald-cypress-hk-cemetery-dec2016-b

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場內的雞蛋花樹已落葉,遠處的異葉南洋杉 映入視線,猶如一個樹椏迷陣。

there are quite a number of plumeria around the main area of the cemetery. they are particularly striking in winter after shedding leaves. in this frame there is a norfolk pine at far.

norfolk-pine-hk-cemetery-dec2016異葉南洋杉 norfolk island pine (araucaria heterophylla) – 古樹名木冊 old and valuable tree register no. fehd wch/2

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逾百年的鐵刀木跟碑柱比高

there are a number if not more ancient trees (in hong kong term. more than a hundred year old) in this close to two century old cemetery. this kassod tree could be more than 150 years old stands high than the monumental pillar.

kassod-tree-hk-cemetery-dec2016鐵刀木 kassod tree (senna siamea (syn. cassia siamea) – 古樹名木冊 old and valuable tree register: fehd wch/3

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近日聽了一個墓誌銘的講座,所以這次探訪又多了個目的。細閱墓碑上的誌銘,有時並非易事。但可將目光放到碑上的苔蘚。逝者是十九世紀的人物,推想來拜祭的親友有多少,這些充滿色彩的苔蘚也許給與死者一種陪伴。

i have attended a talk about grave inscription recently. so i spent more time studying tablets during this trip. some of them are beautiful but it is hard to read the inscriptions. but it doesn’t matter, the moss and lichen is another kind worth studying.  moss-hk-cemetery-dec2016

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園中巍峨的桃花心木,是這園另一神聖古木。

this west indies mahogany always take my breath away. some estimated that it could also be over 150 years old.

west-indies-mahogany-hk-cemetery-dec2016桃花心木 west indies mahogany (swietenia mahagoni)- 古樹名木冊  old and valuable tree register:  fehd wch/4

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沒有很多人為的騷擾,這裡的樹木均展現蒼勁的體格。

this is a happy land for trees as there is not much human intervention.

hk-cemetery-dec2016-a hk-cemetery-dec2016-b

 

我在自己其他部落也記述了以前的墓園遊走  my posts on cemetery walk on other blogs of mine:《a stroll in a cemetery 墓園行》、《快活谷 happy valley

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