Here’s a stunning view of Clear Water Bay from High Junk Peak. Love the turquoise waters, which is a rarity in Hong Kong (a murky green is the norm). The breathtaking scenery more than made up for the steep, sweaty hike up to the super pointy summit, with the fab views continuing all the way down the (thankfully) much gentler descent.
I did this hike (High Junk Peak Country Trail) around three months ago, starting at Heng Hau and finishing up at Tin Hau Temple at Joss House Bay (missed out on the big Tin Hau Festival celebrations by a couple of hours, doh!), before crossing over to the small fishing village of Po Toi O. A great afternoon hike that took me far away from my usual trails, so a nice change to boot!
I spotted this very hungry caterpillar out of the corner of my eye soon after passing Discovery Bay’s Lo Fu Tau a few weeks back. Love the funky colours, ‘design’ and prickly barbs. No idea of the species or what it turns into, unfortunately, or whether it’s toxic in any way, so if anyone knows, do tell me in the comments section. Thanks!
I recently did my first hike in a while, having switched to a stint of power walking in the weeks prior, and lo and behold I saw a snake! We have entered snake season after all, but that’s still pretty cool to see a snake on my ‘first’ hike. Not only did I stumble upon a live one, but this was the first time I was able to properly photograph one of my rare snake encounters. How exciting!
What we have here is a Taiwan Kukri Snake (Oligodon formosanus), a medium-sized non-venomous snake that is reportedly uncommon but widely distributed in Hong Kong. Its enlarged rear teeth apparently resemble Nepalese kukri knives, hence the name. Check out the cool head and eye markings, plus the lilac highlights along its body.
I was hiking up to Lo Fu Tau in DB when I spotted the snake literally just hanging out on the dirt trail in front of me. It made no attempt to escape, only curling up closer to the grass once it got fed up with my continued presence, lol. In fact, it was so brave and motionless for the first while, I initially thought it might be dead, but it was very much alive, believe me!
I recently walked Lantau’s Tung O Ancient Trail from Tung Chung to Tai O, and what a lovely (albeit sweaty!) trek that turned out to be. 🙂 Great company (“the best”, lol), a good pace throughout and gorgeous views like this one, which I managed to capture as we neared Tai O at the start of an overcast sunset.
If you’re poetically inclined, I guess you could say it looks like honey from the heavens pouring through the clouds and turning into liquid gold upon hitting the water. In any case, stunning! Thanks ZB for the fab company. 😉 That was a truly great day! 😀
Is it a bee? Is it a wasp? Some strange hybrid? Turns out it’s none of the above: It’s a moth. Huh? Yep, what we have here is a Tiger Wasp Moth (Amata polymita), also known as a Tiger-striped Clearwing Moth.
I spotted it feeding on some Praxelis on Lantau and didn’t know what to make of it at the time, since it does look rather like a bee/wasp, yet not quite. Most unique, and since it’s only a moth mimicking a wasp, presumably harmless.
I came across these two NSFW ‘horny toads’ during a recent power walk on Lantau, so not a hike. They were doing their, ahem, ‘business’ practically in the middle of the path, and didn’t even flinch upon my approach or when I put my phone right up close (no zoom) for several pics!
Fearing they might get trampled under foot or run over by a bike, etc., as a result of their lack of responsiveness, I picked the pair up with two branches and moved them over to the much safer, greener side of the divide. My good deed for the day!
Turns out they’re Asian Common Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), so nothing too out of the ordinary, just unexpected, plus kinda awesome how I was able to get so close to snap this ‘intimate’ shot of them in the act, warts (literally) and all, lol. #toadporn #goforthandmultiply
So, I was out hiking one day when I stumbled across this lonely lost soul sole. True story! Used to be the life and sole of the (hiking) party, but wouldn’t toe the line and later turned out to be a bit of a heel, so he was shooed off and left behind… *groan* Lol :p
P.S. I should point out that this isn’t from any of my shoes!
Here’s a Black Shield Wasp (Vespa bicolor) that I personally snapped up close (also using zoom, mind you!) during a recent hike. I only have a phone camera, so it’s not the sharpest pic, unfortunately.
I’m usually terrified of wasps and hornets, but have become somewhat braver ever since I took up hiking, plus this fella barely moved and looked strangely kinda cute. For a hornet, at least!