快影:螽在前,蜓在後 quick snap: a katydid & dragonflies

在市區公園欣賞池塘景色,發現了一隻綠色帶點棕色的螽斯,跟那青白的蓮花構成一幅悠然的畫面。 不一會,有隻蜻蜓停駐螽斯後面,覺得牠們在演出一幕獵人與獵物的攻防戰。拿起相機捕捉場面。 一剎那一飛一閃,水面甚至不起漣漪。兩者都飛走了。 回家將照片下載到電腦,才發現蜻蜓也許不為捕食。那裡原來有兩隻蜻蜓。 a casual afternoon in a city park. taking a moment at a pond, checking any creature interesting. saw this katydid resting nice and easy on a white waterlily. love the harmony of the colours in the shade of green and white. next moment, a big dragonfly flew by and hawking at... Continue Reading →

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銀樺與紅花銀樺 silky oak and red silky oak

這陣子兩種銀樺均在爆發。實在覺得她們的花朵和果實色彩和型態很吸引。 這兩個近親原籍澳洲。銀樺原生昆士蘭及新南威爾斯等地區,而紅花銀樺原產地就是昆士蘭,大概因此又稱昆士蘭銀樺。 兩者都是引入品種,銀樺該比較長時間了,所以較多見,也會發現接近野生型態的。銀樺與紅花銀樺也有大小的差別,後者屬大型灌木,前者則是高大的喬木。 have spotted the two silky oaks booming lately. the silky oak and red silky oak are both australian natives. perhaps the latter specifically originated from queensland, it also has a chinese common name queensland silky oak. we see silky oak more in hong kong, so i am making the assumption that it... Continue Reading →

仲春芒果花季 mid spring, mago blooms

雖然沒有鮮豔的花色,但每年芒果樹開花,那種爆發力讓我無法抗拒。 芒果屬於漆樹科,特色包括花小,缺少花瓣,成頂生或腋生圓錐花序。 芒果原籍南亞,而在香港無論市區和村落,他們都深入我們的周圍如鄰里街坊。  (幾棵芒果是香港公園的老成員。these few mango trees steps away from the east entrance of hong kong park are old members of the park.) mango blooms are always explosive, so even they are of earthy tone not really fleshy, the power is there. therefore this blog year after year can’t help noting the arrival of the flower... Continue Reading →

野紅領綠鸚鵡 wild rose-ringed parakeets

從前的認知,香港的野鸚鵡有地域分野,香港島中區有白色的葵花鳳頭鸚鵡,九龍公園有亞歷山大鸚鵡和紅領綠鸚鵡。但隨著年月增進,分界似乎開始模糊。有時候中環以外都看到小葵花。近幾星期在香港公園和花園道都看到紅領綠鸚鵡。 雖然說紅領,事實上只有雄性的領後有粉紅的環斑,雌性和幼鳥該位置只有淡斑甚至無。牠們是吃素的。 hong kong has a recognizable population of wild parrots. it used to be territorial specific. central on hong kong island is the home base of yellow-crested cockatoo, and alexandrine parakeet and rose-ringed parakeet are seen at kowloon park. but as time passes, the territorial distinction seems fading a bit. i’ve seen some white... Continue Reading →

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