More specifically, when hiking alone, I feel more able to slow down and better take in my surroundings. I also don't feel like I'm imposing on anybody (human) when I decide to stop and try to take a really good picture of a bug that isn't as willing as I'd like to stop and pose for my camera!
At the same time though, I do carefully select which trails I feel comfortable hiking alone (versus with the added safety and security from having a friend around); with the criteria being that they're not all that physically demanding but, also, that they won't be bereft of people for hours on end. Consequently, the vast majority of the hikes that I go along on my own are on Hong Kong Island; with Tai Tam Country Park proving to be one of my favorite places to venture on a solo hiking excursion...
It was a good day to get away from the concrete jungle for a few hours :)
A grasshopper that would have been far better camouflaged
if it had settled among a bunch of twigs and branches ;b
Peaceful scene at Tai Fung Au (aka Quarry Gap)
It's not just me who thinks that the patterns at the back of
the spider's head resembles a face, right?
A clear shot of another species of grasshopper that
I am really happy that I managed to get on this hike! :)
A smaller and more unusual looking spider than the
Golden Orb Weaver that I photographed earlier
The Tai Tam Upper Reservoir's dam is one of those structures
that I find to be an awesome sight and pretty cool to walk along
It often amuses me that few visitors to Hong Kong realize
that there are parts of Hong Kong Island that are so green :)