Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wild (This week's Photo Hunt)

While editing an article not so long ago, I was flabbergasted by a throwaway comment made by the writer about his never having seen an animal in Hong Kong besides the racehorses that get raced competitively over here. For aside from the dogs and cats that a surprisingly large number of Hong Kongers -- even small apartment-dwelling ones -- own, I've seen my share of wild critters while out hiking in the Big Lychee's countryside. This being said, some of the more interesting and faster creatures spotted (e.g., scary snakes; some really beautiful butterflies!) admittedly have been too difficult to photograph.

Fortunately, there have been plenty of other wild things about that are not so animate and thus easier to photograph. Oh, and post going through one Nature Diary and book on wild flowers in Hong Kong, I've still not been able to identify that whose photos grace this Photo Hunt entry. So should anyone be able to tell me what they are, I'd be grateful! :)


ellen b said...

I'm so bad with identifying plants but I know that I like them. I like seeing wild plants...

leslie said...

These are quite beautiful wild flowers!

by the way - the "critter" is the log that looks like a crocodile.

Carver said...

Those are beautiful shots of the wild plants. That's interesting that you took part in a controlled Prairie burn in college. Happy weekend.

Anonymous said...

These are pretty gorgeous for wild flowers.
Have a wild weekend!!

Leslie in Australia said...

Oh I really like your photos. :) Well done!

Smalltown RN said...

oh those are gorgeous photos and plants....thank you for sharing...

Criz Lai said...

Beautiful flower shots there. I don't think I know the names either but the second photo looked like one of the inedible berry plant. I had one before but it ended up that it attracted too many ants and that ruined the roots.

sho said...

thx for dropping by. I get your ;) re the "countrys'" situations. lol. Great views of the wildies fr your part of the world!

julie said...

Oh, these flowers are beautiful :)

Have a great weekend!

Gattina said...

Wild plants can be so beautiful !

Randi said...

A really beautiful sequence of shots.
The wild flowers are lovely.
Happy weekend.

jmb said...

You always show us a different aspect of Hong Kong YTSL. Perhaps that fellow works so hard he only sees his house and office. Have a good weekend.

pat said...

Beautiful wild flowers!

Happy Weekend.

jams o donnell said...

Ooh such a beautiful selection of wild flowers! Happy weekend

Dragonstar said...

I don't know what they are, but they are very beautiful. Before visiting here I used to think of Hong Kong as just a big city - now I know different.

EastCoastLife said...

These are found in HK!? beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Nature, wild in tooth and claw :) Your photos are superb.

I went for nature too. Predictable I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Too far out of my part of theglobe to be of help but I do think they are a good choice for today.

YTSL said...

Hi Ellen B --

I'm like you: I may not know what I see but still can like them! :b

Hi Leslie --

Note: Not all the pics are of wild flowers. And d'uh on my part for not 'getting' that you were referring to the log! ;b

Hi Carver --

Yeah, like I commented on your blog: Taking part in a Prairie burn was one of the most memorable experiences I took away from college! :)

Hi Napaboaniya --

Like I wrote in response to Leslie: they're not all flowers! ;b

Hi Leslie in Australia --

Thanks! :)

Hi Smalltown RN --

Thanks for appreciating and you're most welcome re sharing! :)

Hi Criz Lai --

Do you mean the second or fourth photo?? More re the fourth photo: What look like berries, when dry, split and curl/shrivel up to look like leaves!

Hi Sho --

You're welcome re the dropping by... and re my part of the world: Guess it's now Hong Kong rather than Malaysia! ;b

Hi Julie --

Thanks and you too! :)

Hi Gattina --

Agreed! :)

Hi Randi --

Thanks much! And happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi jmb --

Must say that I do love to be able to show people the many facets, include those not particularly well known, of Hong Kong. :)

Hi Pat --

Thanks and hope you're having a good weekend too! :)

Hi jams o'donnell --

Hmmm... for the third time: they're *not* all flowers. Really! ;b

Hi Dragonstar --

Love the urban part of Hong Kong but reckon the green areas really are a bonus! :)

Hi eastcoastlife --

Yes, they're really found in Hong Kong! :b

Hi A. --

Thanks and great minds...? ;b

Hi Aileni --

Well... at least you appreciate! :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Stunning beauty in these wildflowers! I love seeing Nature tending her own garden without humman help! Amazing how it can be done!

Sue said...

These are all beautiful shots of wild things :) Thank so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Bengbeng said...

ystl u never disappoint. the pics r beautiful.

Karen said...

I agree, I have no idea what these plants are, but they're gorgeous and perfectly captured.

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Expat Traveler said...

wow - those are beautiful wild finds!

Fishman said...

Nice pic. Wild plants actually looked quite interesting...

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

No clue to what names of plants are, but they are very pretty. Different take on Wild. Very interesting!

Brine Queen said...

That second photo is my favorite. Those flowers look so intricate and yet so small!

Patricia said...

Lovely photos. I'm partial to wildflowers, though I, too, sometimes have difficulty identifying them.

Have a wonderful weekend.

YTSL said...

Hi Greyscale Territory --

Yes, cultivated flowers can be more spectacular but wild flowers feel more amazing and precious with regards to their existence! :)

Hi Sue --

Thanks, you're welcome and hope you're having a good weekend too. :)

Hi Bengbeng --

Nice to never disappoint! :)

Hi Karen --

Thank you! Re the capturing: Some times, I wish I could take better pictures as I find my hands shaking with fatigue on tiring hikes! ;D

Hi Expat Traveler --

Thanks! :)

Hi Fishman --

Most definitely re wild plants looking interesting!!! :D

Hi Cats~Goats~Quotes --

Different take? Actually, my experience is that this time around, had similar interpretations of the theme to quite a few other Photo Hunters! (But that's okay!!) ;b

Hi Brine Queen --

I think my favorite would be number 3, actually... though number 1 is nice when enlarged. :)

Hi Patricia --

Thanks and nice to know I'm not the only one in terms of not being able to identify yet still appreciating. :)

Sammawow said...

I'm afraid I'm with the others who cannot identify but appreciate the beauty in your choice of pictures! I have some wild mushrooms in mine today that I have no idea what they are also!

YTSL said...

Hi Sammawow --

Went and visited and noticed that you've got quite a bit more than pics of mushrooms for your "Wild" photo hunt entry! :)

H e n r i c k said...

Nice photos, another wild plants :)

YTSL said...

Hi Henrik --

Thanks and yep, plants do appear to be popular photographic subjects this Photo Hunt week! :b