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.
Farewell to the Tembusu Tree at Palm Valley February 15, 2017
While 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.
The Aerie at Sungei Buloh Wetlands January 11, 2017
The subject of my numerous interpretations in the medium I used. OIL, ACRYLIC<,GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL, WATER COLOUR AND PASTELS.
Each one is a unique image of this scene in the 15 years of my on site art works done here.
First visit of 2017 to Sungei Buloh Wetlands 5 Jan 2017. January 5, 2017
My first visit to Sungei Buloh, to attend a briefing on the upcoming EAAFP Mop9 and
AMBI Workshop events at Sungei Buloh, as volunteers to do guiding tours for the international delegates, and to do a little sketch of the AERIE today. 5 Jan 2017.