Monday, December 1, 2008

Lung Mun Country Trail one wet day (Photo-essay)

As I write this, we're deep into autumn here in Hong Kong, with temperatures this week being due to go down to as low as 13 degrees Celsius at times and the air being so dry that I have had to slather mosturizer on my skin once again. Back in June when two friends and I hiked the Lung Mun Country Trail however, it was hot and very humid.

Indeed, it had rained so much the day before that the mountain streams were swollen (and in a few cases, overflowing -- as will be seen in a few photos below) and there had been a few landslides in the area! And to add to the sense of danger, this was the second hike I've gone on in Hong Kong in which I happened to catch sight of at least one snake; albeit ones that slithered out of sight too quickly for me to photograph -- something I have to say I'm not all that unhappy about!! ;S

This stream in the village of Chuen Lung
near the beginning
of the hiking trail
gave little inkling of what the other streams would be like

I think it'd be fair to state that
this mountain stream
was on the swollen side

Also, that this other mountain stream was in full flow
(And was I glad that there was a bridge over it!)

This other stream, however, didn't have a bridge
over it
-- and normally wouldn't need to but
when it overflows onto the hiking trail
surely aren't all that normal!

Very fortunately, although the skies looked threatening,
the heavens never opened during our hike!

Seems pretty clear, right?

As it so happened, however, we elected
to cross this overflowing stream as the other alternative

would have been to spend more hours than we wanted
back-trekking along the trail... ;(

So why do I hike? Among other things:
for exercise, to be closer with nature and for fresher air
but, also, to be able to behold grand views like these! ;b


alejna said...

That is a grand view!

I'm glad you didn't get washed away on your hike!

Dragonstar said...

Lovely photos! Those streams look lovely, even though they're swollen. Yes, it does the world of good to walk in the open air amongst the joys of nature.

sarah bailey knight said...

Hi ytsl,

Wonderful photos. Personally I think the pictures of the rushing water and green vegetation are the "great views" in this photo essay.

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

No fear re getting washed away. The worst thing was that my sneakers got waterlogged, smelt quite a bit and took days to dry! ;b

Hi Dragonstar --

Well, I think I'd enjoyed how the streams looked more if I hadn't had to walk through some of them... ;S

Hi sbk --

Thanks and glad you like the closer up pics (but also hope that you like the scenic shot!). :)

Willow said...

The streams are very pretty-ish. I like the sounds of gently-rushing water.

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

I like the sound of gently rushing water too but on this hike, the water was rushing not so gently! ;S