山竹腳印依然處處 - 漆咸道南 post manghkut – chatham road south

進入十月,山竹後三星期(9月16日十號颱風),他走來的破壞,傷口依然到處可見。 雖然開始感到拍照記錄已經意義退卻,此刻應該更積極一來幫忙扶正能救的樹木,二來思考並提出如何處理塌木的資源、場地、還有日後的植樹、樹木管理、監察的方法和計劃,此外,現在還有很多少人或偏遠地方的社區急需援助,我也在自責沒有抽時間去幫忙。 然而,走在街上,看到悲慘的場面,依然按耐不住,攝下畫面。 hong kong observatory hoisted the typhoon signal on sep 16. three weeks after, the footprint of super typhoon mangkhut is still deeply imprinted everywhere. i started feeling useless to record fallen trees around town. it is really too many of them, official figure says more than 40,000. the devastation is not only... Continue Reading →

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本城美樹 amazing trees in hong kong】榕樹公公廟細葉榕 chinese banyan & “banyan granny temple”, aberdeen

孤陋寡聞,不久之前方知道竟有如此可愛的廟宇。榕樹公公廟,位於香港仔舊大街的小型廟宇群落之中,在斜坡前端。 香港有如此多的榕樹,有廟供奉絕對「受得起」。 廟的頭頂橫伸這棵細葉榕,果然有點老伯拱著背的型態。受到供奉,身上又多了紅色彩帶。稍微關注的是樹受著經年香火燻薰的影響,但觀乎外貌,這位榕樹公公老當益壯。 廟的歷史最多四五十年,因為考究香港仔的掌故,除了「大王公廟」,斜路上其他的廟如榕樹公公廟1960年代並未存在。而參考幾年前一個機構舉辦的榕樹選舉結果,資料說這樹有百年歷史,希望日後可找到史料或圖片可證實。 這樹的美,不單是樹本身,更在於民間文化宗教和人情與歲月混成的街道風光。 this small altar is called banyan granny temple. it is not unusual for chinese to worship common items including plants and animals. chinese banyan is more of southern china, and with or without a physical temple, this species plays a major role in village lives and folk culture around this... Continue Reading →

迷人 pink lady – 絲木棉 silk floss tree (ceiba speciosa)

經常走過的路上,有著這棵絲木棉,開花數星期了,每天都對自己說一定要寫寫她,拖延了兩星期,幸好昨日花仍盛,依然色彩艷麗。 吸引我的地方,除了那艷麗而壽命長的花,就是這樹與木棉同科。兩者型態類近,樹幹同樣直立耿實,樹幹有刺; 而「男」「女」又有不同:絲木綿另一名字美人樹,「最毒婦人心」,樹幹上的刺對比木棉尖銳而刺存活期較長 (木棉樹老大,刺有時就不存在)。兩樹的花都色彩奪目,木棉花由橙紅到深沉的紅,花的外形到質感較厚重硬朗;至於絲木棉,花瓣色彩和型態玲瓏彩亮;兩花就是「英雄」和「美人」的大自然完美傳譯。 植物原籍南美巴西、阿根廷。絲木棉花的色彩,大概是典型南美的調子。花季在我們的秋冬。   walk pass this silk floss tree every working day. been thinking of writing about it, but didn’t put into action. two almost three weeks on, luckily the tree is still blossoming. silk floss obviously enjoy a long boom time, which is lucky for me to catch the season. the... Continue Reading →

藍紫色小野花 blue & purple flowers in autumn

進入深秋,卻見花開處處,無獨有偶來自相近色調,藍與紫。幾種這一兩星期遇到的開花植物:印度百花菜、三裂葉牽牛、耳葉鴨跖草、麥門冬。 according to the chinese lunar calendar, it is already deep autumn. yet flowers are blooming away everywhere. featuring below are some blue and purple flowering plants i saw in these few weeks.  一個市區但幽靜的小斜坡,看到兩種植物纏繞共榮。兩者均一年生,生藍花與紫花。on a small slope in a quiet corner of a suburban area, spotted these two procumbent and climbing plants entangled and blossoming.... Continue Reading →

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