為離巢準備的燕子一家 a barn swallow family is getting set

今年春夏,感覺家住的社區的燕子數目少了。一些過去幾年留意的燕巢,有的因為大廈維修翻新移走了,有的巢在鳥不回來。 當然也不盡是壞消息,有看到新的巢。今天還發現燕子一家。 本以為燕子到六月下半該離開了,今早來個端午晨行,到一個唐樓街區,突然聽到頭上燕鳴。抬頭一看,四燕一字排開。初始未意識牠們的底蘊,只一味開心這樣的時日還看到燕子。 一隻紅脖紅臉的燕子飛來,四子盡張口振翼,才領悟四隻是雛燕。 不久另一隻成熟燕子也飛來。有趣的是燕子「大人」只落腳附近而不廁身雛燕群內。 繼續觀察,理解到燕子爸爸媽媽在兩旁,其實是鼓勵雛燕試飛。 太奇妙。那鐵線還是電線本來的四隻,開始有一隻起飛。飛不遠,但真的飛開了。然後另一隻也飛了。第一隻飛回來降落在原來電線附近另一落點。 爸爸媽媽繼續鼓勵燕孩子,初夏生態故事一頁,真實而美麗。 抱歉:照片拍攝匆忙而器材質素有限 i was a bit sad about the barn swallow population this spring/summer in my neighbourhood. some of the old nests i checked every year in the past few do not see barn swallows return this year. a few were even removed obviously after restoration/renovation done on... Continue Reading →

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德國的闊葉椴和香港的破布葉 large-leaved lime in germany & microcos in hong kong

五月底與家人出發德國旅行十天,上天眷顧,全程幾乎好天氣,藍天艷陽,巧遇大地進入初夏,清淨大氣下,周圍綠耀花香,美不勝收。 一路旅遊,名勝古蹟間的公路行人道、園林或景點的花園,放眼美麗高大有閱歷的樹木,很多是香港少見的寒帶樹種,樂意開眼界將不同國度經度緯度的綠林放入認知;另外,有一種抓住我的眼球和心房:有著美麗魁梧的樹形,茂密喜綠的樹葉中間著盈盈奶油黃色的花朵和粉綠的苞片。由於到處可見,旅遊到回程返港,一直懸念追尋樹名樹種資料。 嘗試詢問當地導遊叔叔,他以德文說樹名『鈴』(音:電話鈴單車鈴的象聲發音)『度』,並用德腔英文說花可用茶。  i went with my parents to germany for a 10-day tour starting end of may. we were blessed with almost non-stop blue sky and sunshine. summer just arrived meanwhile. many of the places we visited trees and grass were so green and flowers were blossoming. what a beautiful journey. on top of... Continue Reading →

絲木綿的果和絲 the fruit of floss silk tree (ceiba speciosa)

第四次絲木棉的專文,這次是此植物的全新角度,賞樹看到不同階段,是幸福的。 之前幾次都在說花,搶眼花俏。而絲木綿果實的觀相,讓我意外地憐愛。 另外,也加一筆有關此落葉樹的植物分類更新。 在城市內熟悉的幾棵標誌性絲木棉,均高大昂藏,一切觀察盡是遠距離的。有幸,居住不遠有個地方,幾年前新種植一些絲木綿,給與我較方便的觀察。 wrote about floss silk tree before, but this is a brand new angle on the plant. not about the flashy and attractive flowers any more, we are looking at its fruit this time. personally found the fruit and its content adorable almost like some cute animation characters. at the end of... Continue Reading →

記立夏 2018 summer just began

今天 2018.5.5.,農曆是立夏。 在家附近一草木坡道,看著這些芒在陽光底下榮榮閃耀。 覺得畫面很有夏意,同時回應空氣中稍稍的涼意。 according to the lunar calendar, summer begins today. the chinese silvergrass these days on the shrub and grassy slope not far from my place are thriving. they are dancing and singing under the sunny breeze, showcasing how a young “summer” looks and feels. 芒/中國芒 chinese silvergrass (miscanthus sinensis) - kingdom: plantae... Continue Reading →

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