長沙灣荔枝角道是條木棉道 a tree cotton path along lai chi kok road (cheung sha wan)

最近經常走去深水埗長沙灣一帶,對長沙灣屠房(已停用)、蔬菜統營處周遭馬路兩旁的闊落尤其喜愛,特別知道這附近不久將來又會賣地發展面貌將大變遷後,更珍惜每次走在這路段的光景。 上星期走逛這區時,因為近日紅棉時節,對此樹種特別敏感,喜發現這裡路上很多木棉。 這裡是老區,所以不少木棉都非常壯大。城市中的大樹,正正是社區的年輪和時計。但願更多城市人對樹木也對其他與我們共享生景的物種珍重。 been exploring sham shui po and cheung sha wan recently. love the wide and spacious as well as calm along lai chi kok road. cheung sha wan abattoir that left vacant since 1999 is my favorite spot. it is a govt facility built in the 1960s but stop functioning in 1999. to... Continue Reading →

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冬與春之間 winter meets spring 2016

踏入2016年,聳動多事,無論是社會或天氣。 三月的第三星期,整個星期天色晦暗,似暖還寒。過了驚蟄;早上起來,日光六時多已展現,冬天的晚鐘已經褪卻。 也許這就是春的曖昧,欲拒還迎。 這畫面是另一說明,冬候鳥絲光椋鳥遇到紅棉春開,一棵樹,冬與春在交流。 many grey days lately, seems to reflect how this city is like. i cannot complain, spring here is supposed to be like this, overcast or foggy, air is saturated with moisture and shades. but while i thought winter was away, as daylight starts to crack as early as 6ish in the... Continue Reading →

土沉香果 fruit of agar wood [速寫 sketch]

五月初遇著土沉香開花。上星期剛巧路過同一地點,發現疏落的果蹤影,大概已到果期之末。 其果真如描述:蒴果木質,倒卵形,成熟時裂成兩片扁平的果殼。果實破開時,底部會長出一條絲線,把種子(一粒或兩粒)吊在半空,近似毛蟲吐絲挂树相似。此特徵是否具有生物學上的意義,仍有待研究。中國珍稀瀕危植物土沉香在香港的現況 (2005年4月15日)《香港植物標本室》 i posted on agar wood blossoms back in may. last week i went to the same area where the trees are at and found a few fruits.i guess it has passed the prime fruiting time, therefore the small number of fruit. it is still fascinating to find the fruit fits the exact description:  “the... Continue Reading →

土沉香 agar wood (aquilaria sinensis )

在郊野、鄉村碰過土沉香,每棵都高大年長,看到觸到只是其樹幹。加上近年聽聞慘痛的報導,土沉香給掏伐亂砍,也曾親睹傷痕累累的真身,所以土沉香緊連的感受是敬畏神傷。 even people who do not care much about trees in hong kong would know about agar wood because of recent news coverage. there have been report of incense tree being brutally chopped and smuggled due to its value. the tree produces agarwood, a valuable fragrant wood used for incense and medicine. and of course, this tree... Continue Reading →

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