Monday, April 26, 2010

Peak puzzles and more (Photo-essay)

After hiking up to near the top of Victoria Peak and spending time taking in the views there and walking around Victoria Peak Garden (where the Governor of Hong Kong's Mountain Lodge once stood), my hiking companion and I decided to explore the area for a bit before hiking down in a westward direction all the way down to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Pok Fu Lam Road (from where we would end our hike by taking the bus back into Central).

Funnily enough, while we saw a bunch of interesting sights that day, this hike has come to be most remembered by us less so for the scenic views it yielded and more for... our coming across an example -- my second, her first -- of insects doing what comes to them naturally. All in all, what we had thought would be a pretty conventional hike turned out to be at times quite surreal in a fun way -- with some of the reasons for our thinking being offered up on view in the following photo-essay... ;b

Eye-catching vegetation
that, alas, I cannot identify... :S

Is this dolphin-shaped garbage receptacle
up on The Peak an Ocean Park exile or reject?! ;b

Why is this bench located where no view can be had?
(This especially when benches encountered on

previous hikes usually pointed to grand vistas

that were worth pausing to savor?)

I mean these ferns are pretty enough
to take a photograph of and share it with others
-- but to park a bench in front of??

Don't grasshoppers perch atop
rather than hang from beneath leaves?, you know, this pair of grasshoppers
going about perpetuating their species! ;b

Okay, okay -- move on, already, pretty please!

A surprisingly overgrown and presumably not
frequently traversed
section of Governor's Walk

To be continued...!


Anonymous said...

LOL... love the bench! Maybe it's for savoring the internal vista. ;p

sarah bailey knight said...

hi ytsl,

agree with the bench and how if people were sitting on it you'd have to climb over their legs or into the ferns to get by. Does the walk way go around the corner past the bench? Glad there's more as I like the Peak walks you've shown us.

YTSL said...

Hi duriandave --

About the only real suggestion I have for the bench's location: maybe that wall was built AFTER the bench was installed there! ;b

Hi sbk --

Actually, there's a deadend after the bench so you have to backtrack!!! :D

And glad to know you're looking to seeing more photos from that walk. :)

eliza bennet said...

I think that bench is placed there for couples who'd like to enjoy some solutitude (or maybe I have a dirty mind)

EG CameraGirl said...

Ha! Why the bench is located where it is is a puzzle indeed! The waste receptacle? Hmmm. I wonder if people are more apt to use a cute one than a conventional one. The grasshoppers are very well captured!

YTSL said...

Hi "eliza bennet" --

Bwahahaha at your imagination and/or way of thinking! Maybe you're right -- and/but in all honesty, had not entertained such a possibility until I read your suggestion! :D

Hi EG Wow --

Not all waste receptacles in Hong Kong are so cute. But if you go and check out my previous photo-essay (that's also of photos from this hike), you'll see a photo of a frog-shaped receptacle that's in the area too. :)

And am glad you like the grasshopper photos! :)))