Hong Kong: Image of the Day (9)

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The beauty of the Mai Po wetlands deserves not a single image, but many (or at least in this case, two). Located in the New Territories, within site of the growing unsightly sprawl of Shenzhen, across the border, this nature reserve managed by the WWF offered a chance to stretch our legs and take in some of the flora and fauna once common to the region.

By late afternoon the waterlilies were closing and submerging back into the marshy wetlands, and the golden sunlight cast reflections of the impressive mangrove stand upon the murky, tannic waters.

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Hong Kong: Image of the Day (6)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After returning from the overnight trip to Macau to another beautiful, sunny day in Hong Kong, the timing was perfect to return to the area of Kowloon near the Chi Lin nunnery. In spite of being surrounded by high-rises and shopping areas, the nunnery and the neighboring Nan Lian garden were a peaceful respite. Here is a glimpse of the pavilion bridge.

Rain is not kind to full blooms

I was out of town last week and missed the annual unveiling of my largest tree peony. By the time I’d returned they were on the wane and several steady showers finished the show. What is a glorious, 6″ strawberry daiquiri pink bloom with a 2″ core of golden stamens is now but a memory.

All is not lost, however, as a new arrival (planted last year at the end of the season) was on a different timetable. I’d purchased it not knowing exactly what it would look like – you can’t trust the sun-faded placards at the nurseries – and I’m happy to see that it too is a lovely deep pink!

The newest addition to my tree peony collection

The newest addition to my tree peony collection

An early dawn shower left the plants sparkling with droplets, so I switched over to the macro lens. I only had time for a few quick snaps before it was time for my 8:00 meeting.

Fat peony bud

Fat peony bud

Daylily fronds

Daylily fronds