相思三種 three acacias

人要相思,可以不論何時何地。賞植物相思的花,如今則是時候。 近這十數天,在每天經過的路段,看到三個相思品種皆在開花。傳統概念,台灣相思在春秋開花,而大葉和耳果則在九、十月,今年熱的日子長了,現在已經是十一月了。 先此聲明,說相思,植物的真葉(羽狀複葉),只在幼苗時出現,成長後真葉消失,大家看著滿樹的,其實是葉形的葉柄,或所謂葉柄演化成的假葉。不過為了便捷,下面寫的「葉」實是假葉。 這裡將三種相思樹放在一起,除了賞花,也可觀察三者的異與同,譬如葉和果。 acacia is not native to hong kong but we have many of them around us. they were introduced post wwii for forest plantation. acacia has a very romantic chinese common name - love sickness. not sure why. but enjoy the irrelevant and emotional connection to the species. it happens that these... Continue Reading →

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市區常見植物和鳥快影 common urban plants and birds, snaps

二月天,木棉、洋紫荊都早了開花,山指甲的果似乎也早了結果。相片影像美麗暖人,但不禁暗歎氣候之糟亂。 it is february. all the plants feature here are common species in this city. the odd thing i have to point out is that the flowering and fruiting seasons seem all too early. evident of climate and seasonal mess-up is everywhere, even though the imagery are pretty. 洋紫荊 (hong kong orchid tree) bauhinia ×... Continue Reading →

柏架山行記錄 2017 a walk at mt parker, journal

一月中這星期天,天陰微雨,決定起行走進郊外。原因是近年香港人都愛鑽進郊外,好天氣的週末,山中的人多比美購物區,所以有點刻意避開人潮。天氣不佳但未至於差的日子,應該是寧靜郊外行的好時機。 但仍然是不折扣的城市人,選擇還是很城市的路線。 countryside has become the new hot spot for hongkongers in recent years. people rush to country parks and rural areas over weekends and public holidays. it is more so when weather is good. i started avoiding crowd on blue sky days. last sunday, the sky was grey. i told myself it could be... Continue Reading →

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