When many people who think of Hong Kong, they seem to either envision it as place with a harbour exotically filled with sampans and junk or as a more modern concrete jungle. Neither of these conjured visions have a place for all that many trees but the fact of the matter is that "my" Hong Kong is so filled with trees that it would be pretty hard for to single out a single tree to focus on or even a single tree-filled photo to offer up for the Photo Hunt this week.
If truth be told, I generally tend to take the existence of trees in Asia's World City for granted -- and thus hardly ever consciously choose to include them in a photo. Instead, they often just happen to be part of a grand view (like in the case with the top most photo which I took from a vantage point in Tai Tam Country Park right on Hong Kong Island) or a good perch for interesting looking birds (as in the second photo from the top) -- or actually partially obscure what would otherwise be a better picture (like in the third photo from the top)!
Alternatively, when I visited South Korea, I came across a tree at Suwon's Hwaseong Haenggung that caught my attention because of its prime location in the courtyard of the former royal palace and, also, because of its being festooned by colorful strips of cloth. As I understand it, this particular plant has stood for centuries in those grounds. Consequently, it is one of those trees that is venerated as well as respected -- considered sacred even.
And while we're on the subject of trees: I find it intriguing that my blog records show that one of its most checked out entries over the years has been that with the title of Tree Tales. And yes, trees really are its subject matter -- unlike the other popular entries on this blog (which tend to be about Hong Kong movies for the most part!).