Art in Wetlands

Sharing nature through art

Water Color Wetlands by Tham Pui San November 18, 2013

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View of main pond on the right from the Main Bird Hide.
This painting is a memorable one. A group of eight otters appeared below the deck, and a water snake was their object of fun and teasing right before my eyes.

The next paintalong session will be conducted at Platform 2 on 24 Nov 2013 from 0830 to 1130am.

 

Nature Art On Trash Bins July 31, 2009

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Volunteers Work of Art

Volunteers Work of Art

Trash Bin Art: The next time you visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve be sure to enjoy the beautiful artwork done by our conservation volunteers and the Buloh Dabblers. A special activity for the Volunteer Appreciation Day on the 18 OCt, 2008, was the trash bin painting contest. Volunteers were given 2 hour to paint these bins, on all 5 sides if they had the time. And most met the challenge headon and managed to complete. The finished panels were simply beautiful and brightens up the images of the otherwise taken for granted bins. Thanks to all who participated.
Tham Pui San, 20 Oct 2008

 

A Charcoal Sketch to record my walk September 23, 2008

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Sungei Buloh vs Johor Bahru skyline

Sungei Buloh vs Johor Bahru skyline

One of my favourite walks I take at Buloh is at this mangrove boardwalk. I could see Malaysia across the straits. The contrasting  shapes of mangrove trees silhouetted against  the city skyline of Johor Bahru caught my  attention, making it a telling image of nature vs man, complementing perhaps in terms of aesthetics or silently declaring our co-existence is in imminent disruption. Neither aspect was the reason for my sketch. I scanned the horizon, everything there look tranquil and still. No human presence, no traffic noise and no trash washed ashore this morning. The silence is only broken by occasional bird calls.  Its another perfect morning to start my new day. 

Tham Pui San

23Sep 08

 

Coming soon: oil series for Sg Buloh June 2, 2008

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pen sketch showing the 4 egrets at reststorm clouds over BulohWatch out  for my next exhibition at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Dec 08.

 Here are two thumbnail references for plein air painting at the Main Hide on 2 June, 08.

 Tham Pui San, updated 2 June 08.

 

Paint along with PUI SAN 26 Mar 2017 March 22, 2017

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Dear Dabblers and friends of Nature, You are most welcome to join me this Sunday, 26 Mar at Sungei Buloh to do some outdoor nature sketching and painting.  We meet at the NEW VISITOR CENTRE, at 0830 and then move out to a suitable  spot to do our art. You can bring any material you have.

Posted here is a water colour of a wetland scene.

 

15th anniversary of Volunteering at Sungei Buloh February 22, 2017

Took a  walk and settled  down  for 2 sketches at the Main Hide this morning to celebrate my 15 years of helping out at this wetland reserve.

Chatted with Mendis and Raj, and had a meeting with Halilah and Shufeng on coming art and conservation activities for Loyang Sec School. Then hitched a buggy ride to the New  Visitor Centre, stopping  enroute along Kranji Trail to look at salvaging fell tree parts for use as materials for installation art here.

Felt good about having served 15 years already  and thankful for the chance to continue my volunteering for nature here at Sungei Buloh Wetlands.

Jokingly mentioned that Buloh can use my numerous past sketches to chronicle its changes when I reach 20 years of volunteering.

 

My guided tour for ACE SENIORs at Sungei Buloh on 18 Feb 2017 February 19, 2017

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The weather was perfect, cool and breezy and an enthusiastic small gathering of friends from ACES made the event even more interesting.

We sighted  2 cros, 2 snakes, several orb web spiders, lots of  mangrove trees with interesting root systems, some egrets, red shanks, and a few white belly sea eagles.

Their first experience of encountering cros in the wild, watching  closeup at green whip snakes  and tree climbing crabs, were highlights during the 2 hour tour.  A brief intro to the wonderful world of migratory birds that visit us  annually opened their eyes to how our living environment owes much to our feathered  friends.

Hope more members can join us the next time.

Tham Pui San, Nature guide and volunteer at Sungei Buloh Wetlands

 

Farewell to the Tembusu Tree at Palm Valley February 15, 2017

2017-02-14-18-53-06While we  lament the fall and demise of this grand old  tembusu tree at Palm Valley at SBG on 11.2.2017, at 425pm, and  also for the 3 injured and 1 dead,  we celebrate the good that this tree has provided us all these 270 years, providing oxygen, aesthetics and awe inspiring vision for all who admire its  presence along the road  at Palm Valley. Its one of the heritage trees that is designated as such  in this garden and it will be missed by those who know it, including me.

 

 

Friends of Sungei Buloh: in the new Rooster Year Lo-hei and Mangrove Tree Planting at the new Junior Wetlands February 12, 2017

Welcoming the new Lunar Year with Friends of Sungei Buloh.

After the traditional Lo-hei, the delicious vegetarian salad  was a great start to good nature practice, followed by  mangrove tree planting just outside the Visitor Centre, in a small plot of converted landscape, to be used as a mini wetlands for  young visitors.

Watched a demo by a Nparks staff, Win, and donning  a pair of oversized Phua Chu Kang Boots (yellow), my digging was started literally with a bang. My specially designed shovel struck  a big rock!  With help from ShuFeng and  another we extracted it and succeeded in planting my first mangrove plant, a Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (Tumu in Malay). Happy  and very satisfied with myself, I started on a second plant.

My choice of the next mangrove plant was a more ambitious one. A much larger one with help from Mr Wong T W , this time an  Ultraman, as Mr Wong called it. Its the Heritiera littoralis, or Dungon.  The seeds, winged ones, have some semblance to the Japanese cartoon sci-fi character by the same name.

Here are the plants I planted.

Its was a great start to a new year with the group’s contribution to our wetlands, in this small but symbolic way of conservation and a common spirit of comaraderie-for-nature.

 

 

 

Musings on Trees: LTA’s showcase of Art in train stations January 17, 2017

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At one end of the Boarding Platform at Newton MRT, DownTown Line is a placard which acknowledges contributors on MUSINGS ON TREES. My musing is here for you to enjoy.

Source: Musings on Trees: LTA’s showcase of Art in train stations

 

Sharing An Inspiring Encounter January 13, 2017

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As June and I walked out of Shaw Centre last night after shopping at Isetan, we chanced upon this inspiring lady. With her good hand holding the broom handle and the dustpan pole  cleverly propped …

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