Ice Monochromes (Hemis N.P.)

24 to 30 January 2018, Hemis National Park, Ladakh.

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(Ladakh Trip).

Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information). If an image does not have a link (or a caption), the preceding one applies.

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This post shows details of ice in Hemis National Park. In most cases, captions are superfluous.

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A bank of ice around a gravel bar in the Indus River.

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A frozen waterfall between out first camp and the village of Rumbak.

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Frozen rapids in the river.

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Views of the frozen river.

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Exploring the frozen river with a macro lens.

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More details of the frozen river.

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A small plant struggling to survive though covered by the icy river.

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Glimpses of Snow Leopards

30 January 2018, Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India

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We knew when we signed up for the tour that there was no guarantee that we would see a snow leopard.  It was also not a good year for the purpose because there had been unusually light snowfall so the snow and the snow leopards were much higher and further away than usual.  However, this was the day when we found the missing “S” and “W” to turn “No Leopards” to “Snow Leopards”.

We were just emerging from our tents for breakfast after our first night in the new campsite at the head of the Rumbak valley when the cry of “Snow Leopard!!!” rang out from the small plateau about thirty feet above us.  So we grabbed cameras and raced up there (relatively speaking and perhaps inadvisedly, given the altitude).  Three of our guides were up there with spotting scopes and we were able to take turns to look through them and see snow leopards.  There was a mother and two cubs and she was conducting a learning exercise in “how to hunt blue sheep”.  One of the cubs ran at the blue sheep too soon though, so the blue sheep ran away.  I didn’t see that but I did see a snow leopard run across my vision as I was looking through a spotting scope.

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Here is an image containing a snow leopard (towards the top left corner) courtesy of expedition photographer and doctor Andrew Peacock (For his photography see footloosephotography.com).  He is using a high resolution full-frame Canon camera, a 600mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter for a focal length of 840mm.  I estimate from Bing Maps and Google Earth that the snow leopard was about two kilometres away.  If you want to see it more clearly, click on the image.

In theory I could have got an image nearly as close albeit with a smaller, lower resolution sensor and not quite so stellar a lens but my lens was damaged and wouldn’t focus for far distances.

We could see more clearly through the spotting scopes which had a much higher magnification than 840mm, probably equivalent to 3000mm and perhaps 4000mm.  At other times through the scopes I saw blue sheep, golden eagles and a bird with a white head and black body that was described as potential food for the golden eagles and was probably a Himalayan Snowcock.

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There were also more distant snow-capped peaks visible from where we were viewing the snow leopards.

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This is a red-billed chough (not actually in focus at larger magnification).  It is similar in appearance to the white winged chough that we have in Australia (and in the reserve out the back from where I live) but they are only distantly related.

 

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After lunch we took off seeking more snow leopard sightings.  From a similar viewpoint to where we views the snow leopards, here are some ponies returning to Rumbak village.

 

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Another stone pen.

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Ancient wall and mountain view.

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Footprint of a Tibetan wolf.

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Where I have circled in red is either another snow leopard or probably the same one, though we are up a different valley and several kilometres from out first sighting.  This is at 560mm or a full-frame equivalent of 780mm, so the snow leopard is a long way away.  This is taken with my lens so it is out of focus.  Even so, at 1:1 I can just make out, though blurred, a head and ears above the rock line and a body and legs below.  You will not be able to see this even if you click on the image for a larger view.

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A plant struggling to survive though covered by the icy river.

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Apart from the snow leopards, there were also dramatic views available of mountains and coloured rocks.

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This one has a chimney so it is clearly an old house and associated pen.

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Moving Camp

28 January 2018, Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India

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It was decided that we should move camp up river to the mouth of the side valley that heads to the village of Rumbak.  This afforded different opportunities to look for snow leopards and offered better vistas.

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One gas bottle to be loaded on the right side of a pony.

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Another one coming up…

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… to be loaded on the left side.

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And off they go…

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They know the way…

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…and in any case there’s only one path.

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Crossing the river over a small bridge

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Now behind the ponies (who walk faster than us), we pass by the frozen waterfall again.

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And I pause for some images of the frozen river.

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A Buddhist flag on a trackside stupa…

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… and more of the inscribed stones.

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It’s a couple of hours walk and we’re getting close now.  A view towards the end of the main valley.

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Jools crossing the ice at the frozen stream beside our destination with the camp starting to take shape in the background.

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The tents are now up and we’re starting to get organised inside them.

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After lunch we take off again in search of snow leopards.  There are other structures than the tents around.

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Maybe all but at least some of these were dwellings because some have chimneys.

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Most appear not to have been in use for a long time.

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We are heading off towards the end of the valley.

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This is the side valley to the left.

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Some more blue sheep are visible though they are not really in focus due to the damage to my long lens.

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Snow leopard paw print!

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Heading back now, there is a row of ancient stupas above the ridge to the left.

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Another old stone shack.

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… and a last view towards the mouth of the valley.

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Frozen River

27 January 2018, Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India

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We headed off for the ridge where we had searched the distant mountain sides for snow leopards on the first day. When we were almost there, the spotters told us no snow leopards were visible so we kept on going up the valley.  This became a day when I was mainly looking for macro opportunities.

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I was struck by some of the patterns of lichen on the rocks.

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… and the variety of colours as well as patterns.

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This is the large stone pen I had photographed from a greater distance on the first day.

A few people ventured further than we did up the distant valley to the left and found four snow leopard paw prints at a place with a commanding view where one had stood and searched the vista for blue sheep.

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A section of the dry stone wall at the pen.

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A bush bearing red buds.

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The buds appear to be rose hips so it must be a wild rose.

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Leaves and shadows.  The stream actually had running water here (rather than ice).

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Pebbles on the bottom distorted by the running water.

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Ice and dry vegetation.

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Back in camp for lunch.

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The dining tent is the big green one on the right.  Ours is the light coloured one second from the left.  The long drop toilet is in the background with two compartments was very modern as it had rickety seats over the holes.

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After lunch I ventured out looking for shapes in the frozen river with my macro lens.

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Ice pig.

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Perhaps a face.

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Chinatown

20 January 2018, Chinatown and Singapore Airport, Singapore

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Here we are inside the Buddha Tooth Temple.

Our plane was due to leave in the afternoon so we had some free time in the morning and decided to wander around Chinatown.    The Buddha Tooth Temple is very recent, dating only from 2007, although built in the style of the Tang Dynasty.  The name comes from a tooth of the Buddha supposedly discovered in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.  Rather reminiscent in this respect of mediæval Christianity.

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In a large hall, many people were chanting to musical accompaniment.  I don’t know whether this was a special event or happens regularly.

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A school group posing for a photo outside the temple.

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On the roof there was a garden…

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… along with a very large revolving prayer wheel.

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Three streets nearby are for pedestrians only.

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Singapore is perhaps the most tolerant multicultural community in the world.

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33% are Buddhist, 19% Christian, 19% Atheist, 14% Muslim, 10% Taoist and 5% Hindu.

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Everyone appears to be open and friendly and it’s definitely very safe.

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Mobile phones are not unknown.

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It’s around 30ºC.  Where we were going would be much colder.

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In the afternoon, we turned up at Singapore Airport and were surprised to find a butterfly room.

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The butterflies were impressive.

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Not so much the unmonitored three-year olds running around and catching butterflies by their wings.

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Cloud Forest and Asian Civilisations Museum

19 January 2018, Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay and Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

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From the Flower Dome it is a very short walk to the Cloud Forest.

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Some of the flowers are similar but the arrangement is very different.

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The “cloud” part comes from a cloud of spray released every couple of hours but we were not there at the right time top see this.

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There is a similar dome which here window cleaners are cleaning from the outside.

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The arrangement is much more vertical with great cascading walls of greenery.

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People down below were performing ritual activities with small rectangular objects.

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Perhaps a form of Tai Chi….

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More of the “green wall”.

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Overall, I found it more artificial and less satisfying than the Flower Dome.

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Perhaps my opinion would have been different had the spray been operating.

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… And we look up to those above us….

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We then left for a brief stop at the hotel where I dropped off most of my camera equipment, then headed for the Asian Civilisations Museum.

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I had decided it was not going to rain and didn’t take my umbrella.  I was wrong.  We are walking over a bridge and rain is fast approaching.  We just made it inside the museum before a deluge hit.

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One of the main displays was of the contents of the wreck of a ninth-century ship, here shown as a scale model.  The bowls are some of the sixty thousand retrieved from the wreck.  The ship originated from the Abbasid Empire in the Persian Gulf.  It had sailed via India to China and was returning when it was wrecked in the Java Sea.  It was built entirely without nails.  Wooden planks were sewn together with coconut rope and caulked with wadding.

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Here are some of the Chinese jars from the wreck.  On the left is a fully restored one showing its ash glaze technique; the unrestored jars on the right show how much effort must have gone into restoration.

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This painting particularly caught my attention and shows lots of interesting detail if you click on it for a larger view.  Painted by a Chinese artist, probably for a foreign trader, it shows a square in Guangzhou (Canton), China and some of the people depicted can be identified.  It is 1807 and is at the time of a trial of sailors from the ship Neptune who killed a Chinese man in drunken brawling.  After several days of adjudication, one seaman incurred a small fine.

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This is Singapore harbour in around 1850 by an unknown Chinese artist.  Three European ships dominate the foreground and some of you may notice some difference from the aerial shots of Singapore a couple of posts ago.

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This looks like a giant floating marble boulder but is a sculpture by Eng Tow (2015), based on a grain of rice.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

16th century bronze Buddha from Lan Na, in Northern Thailand, stylistically influenced from Sri Lanka.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

A Bodhisattva from 4th century Ghandhara (between Pakistan and Afghanistan).  It shows the influence of the West (ancient Greece and Rome) on Buddhist art.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Chinese far from Jingdezhen, around 1700.  The man on the crow’s nest of the ship could be General Xue Rengui, who invaded the Laiodong Peninsula for Tang Emperor Taizong.  The Laiodong Peninsula is just north-west of North Korea and is where in the nineteenth century Port Arthur was located.  The war was against Goguryeo in 644AD.  Goguryeo was a Korean kingdom incorporating what is now North Korea, the northern half of South Korea and the southern and central parts of Manchuria.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Chrysanthemum dish from Jingdezhen in China, 1723-1735 (during the reign of Yangzhen, the third Qing or Manchu emperor).  Based on the naturalistic style of Yun Shouping (1633-1690), this is an example of what became the characteristic style of the Yangzhen period.

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Flower Dome

19 January 2018, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

We jumped onto the MRT (Singapore Underground) and headed for the Gardens by the Bay.  Here we are looking back to a massive hotel complex and the city behind it.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Our taxi driver from the airport suggested going up to the top and visiting a café.  We went to go there on the way back but opted out when we found it was $20 each just to go up in the lift and in any case the visibility was not so good by then.  Out of curiosity I checked out how much it costs to stay there.  Room prices start at $680 per night and you can always reserve a suite for $5,900 per night.  Then you can have a bottle of champagne delivered to your room for as little as $125 and trips in the lift are free.  Perhaps if they had paid us the price of a suite to stay there we might have been interested.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Singapore’s tropical climate does produce some interesting trees though.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Fortunately we didn’t encounter any mosquitos but you have to watch out for the dragonflies.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

More species of Singapore’s interesting trees.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Agave Titanota (Rancho Tambor Century Plant, Mexico).

And now we’ve reached the Flower Dome.  No flowers in this shot but you’ll see some soon.  Inside the massive dome the temperature is kept at 23ºC to 25ºC and the humidity from 60% to 80% – which makes it a good place to go on a hot sticky Singapore day.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Desert Rose (Adenium genus, frangipani family (Apocynaceae). Africa, Middle East and Socotra. Bulbous trunks to store water. Many species have poisonous sap used by native people to poison hunting arrows and fish..

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Hanging umbrellas.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

A small pagoda-style gazebo with workers pruning the plants.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Euphorbia x lomi (crown of thorns).

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Many of the flowers had no labels though.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Blue children in front of a blue flower bed.

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Flower Dome, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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