洋金鳳 peacock flower / poinciana (caesalpinia pulcherrima)

洋金鳳的花很漂亮,在香港的公園蠻常見。近日在兵頭花園近遇著這灌木,同時欣賞到花蕾 花開和初果,每樣都美美的,於是在此記錄一筆。 植物來自美洲熱帶、亞熱帶,是加勒比海島國巴巴多斯的國花。這些背景資料似乎隱隱滲透花朵的美豔氣息。 peacock flower originates from the america. but it is commonly planted around the world, hong kong is no exception, as it is such a beautiful plant. you may find them quite easily in parks around the city. lately i came across this plant with its buds, blossoms and fruit showing altogether. since... Continue Reading →

綠鳳蝶快影 five-bar swordtail (pathysa antiphates) quick snap

綠鳳蝶是香港常見的蝴蝶,雖然這是我第一次遇到。這是數天前在西高山附近所攝。 five-bar swordtail is common in hong kong, even though this is the first time i saw it. the photo is taken around mid-level west. 綠鳳蝶 five-bar swordtail (pathysa antiphates) - kingdom: animalia 動物界 | phylum: arthropoda 節肢動物門 | class: insecta 昆蟲綱 | order: lepidoptera 鱗翅目 | family: papilionidae 鳳蝶科 | subfamily: papilioninae 鳳蝶亞科

噪鵑吃相 an asian koel is eating

從前夏天來臨前,家對面山坡樹叢總傳來噪鵑的求偶呼號,近年少聽牠們的聲音,少了季節交替的配樂,有種失落。 記得嗎,數年前曾有傳媒報導有人投訴噪鵑的聲浪。是的,噪鵑曾幾何時也登上我們這個城市的投訴大自然榜單,不只是木棉樹。 幾天前走過一個老牌私人屋村,在兒童遊樂場不遠,一列多年的種植樹上,竟讓我看到他。噪鵑行蹤通常比較隱密,只聞其聲不見其影。但這隻雄噪鵑似乎太專注採食,讓我好好注視數分鐘。 噪鵑少時吃肉,成年後就比較吃素。所以這位男士(一身藍黑;噪鵑女毛色棕黑且多斑點)應該是成鳥。 這棵樹大抵是檳榔或棕櫚科的植物。 i miss the chanting of koel before summer. when i was a kid, every year before summer went serious, the wood on the slope opposite my home always echoed the very loud song of koel male. not sure the reason, this soundtrack of summer prelude stopped playing in recent years.... Continue Reading →

烏墨 jambolan plum (syzygium cumini)

前兩天經過九龍公園,散步曬太陽賞樹,突然在樹籬迷宮側的樹坡看到一個樹牌 「烏墨」 馬上神思飄然,像聞到一陣墨香,又似感受到一個大俠佛然轉身一股風影。 烏墨是常綠喬木,原生於東南亞和南亞。 烏墨較日常的名字叫海南蒲桃,與蒲桃、蓮霧是近親。 當果期來時,烏紫色的果子跌滿一地。很多人會覺得一片狼藉,我卻很欣賞大樹為地面來個潑墨揮筆,不負「烏墨」這名字。 這次未逢果熟時節,細細觀察,看到花和初果。 兩年前記述九龍公園另一角落《海南蒲桃 jambu》,時為九月初,已經果實纍纍,還有果子墜地後的香美圖。加一註,果子雖然多汁,但不是漿果而是核果。 two days back i happened to pass by tsim sha tsui, so i spent extra minutes to check out the century-old chinese banyan along nathan road. couldn’t help worrying these nature treasures of our city are ailing and soon to leave us. sign. then i route... Continue Reading →

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