This has been a day of more bad news on the pandemic and persecution fronts. Re the former: Hong Kong reported 1,619 new coronavirus cases today; with the authorities also looking at some 5,400 preliminary cases; and also the death of a 3-year-old girl -- the youngest Covid related death that this territory has seen to date. Re the latter: singer-activist Tommy Yuen has been arrested by the national security police "for publishing “seditious” remarks on social media, with intent to incite citizens' hatred against the government".
On the positive side -- and I realize that it's scant consolation for many (but it really can psychologically help some) -- the weather's been lovely today and for some weeks now: ideal for hiking, in fact; which is one reason why I've done a good deal of hiking in recent weeks (see here and here). Another reason, of course, is that I find hiking to be a great way to relieve stress and release tension.
So off I went on yet another hike this afternoon. Actually, today's primary reason for going hiking was to try to get in some Chinese New Year Flower sightings before the end of this latest 15-day Chinese New Year period -- and not only was I successful in doing so but I am happy to report that I also managed to get in spottings of nine -- yes, NINE -- wild boar while out this afternoon in Tai Tam Country Park! Re the latter: I heard from a friend that there had been more wild boar killings by the authorities just yesterday. So it was good to see that there still appear to be a good number of these creatures -- who, I can attest, are not all that prone to attack humans but, rather, inclined to just walk past them -- around in the wilds of Hong Kong still.
-- and in the New Year of the Tiger, in fact!
those of the ivory coral tree!
(click on the image to view an enlarged version of it!)
warming me enough that I was sweating a bit)
in tow -- but none of them wanted any trouble
(and ditto the humans that it passed by)
of a mother and two children (In this case, they appeared to be
relaxing together -- with one kid massaing the mother with its snout!)