Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Hot Park today

The Hortpark should be renamed Hot Park today as I experienced the most enervating walk of my life. It was like the reverse of altitude sickness for me. My legs felt like lead and the sun was merciless taking revenge for all those days when it did not get the chance to beat us down with its power rays. How we missed those cool and breezy days in December, Jan and February when the Hortpark was just that - the Horticultural Park. Now it needs to have the letter 'r' dropped from its name to aptly describe the kind of treatment visitors get walking around its premises. Anyway I got my photos of the flowers, the trees and it was the highpoint of my walk - to be able to take photos after a lapse of a few days.

We started our walk from Kentridge Park and were greeted by the lovely scent of the flowering Tembusu trees.
At the back entrance to the Hortpark, we saw these sunflowers. Even they could not withstand the heat from their God.

The flowers of the Rangoon creepers were fading.

The sight of water was refreshing, for a while.

The giant Pelican Flowers were seen again. This time they were also planted next to the Butterfly enclosure.
Hedges not trimmed as neatly as before.

The graceful raintree, always there and even on a hot day, it looks cool.
Seats only comfortable in the evening.

Dangling flowers. I stopped to admire them.
Pagoda flowers in bloom.
The Kapok tree with fruits on every branch and each was bursting to release the seeds embedded in fluffy cotton.

Pelican flowers next to the butterfly enclosure.

Fungi! That was a surprise encounter.

A specie of rose that my mum used to grow.
Fruits of the gum tree.

Alexandria Arch.

Purple queen ginger plant.

Frangipani network.
I was actually interested in the bulbul.
Reflections of a hot day.

Trumpet flower trees were in bloom but they did not do so in unison.

What I call the Bearded Tree.

These make good Chinese cooling soup.

Leaves perspire too!

Flower of the Blue Pea Vine.
A garden snail helping itself to the lady's fingers.
Xue Mei flowers. Frangrant!
Water Lily.
Unknown plant but the pattern on the leaves was nice.

Thunbergia flowers.
Crown flowers.

Another sunflower against the cloudless sky.

Walking back to Kentridge Park.
Tembusu flowers.
Flowering Trumpet trees at the Kentridge Carpark.

1 comment:

  1. The weather is terribly hot these few days. Love the photo of the sunflower. It looked so gigantic.