Mt. Kinabalu Botanical Garden

After casting several longing looks at Mount Kinabalu and its peak touching the skies we headed for a trek in Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden. The botanical garden is home to several species of flora and fauna. While it was easy to capture several varieties of flora, the different species of fauna eluded me completely. The frogs were croaking nonstop but inspite of all my efforts couldn’t really spot one. As soon as I would approach the source of sound, it would go pindrop silence as if mocking at me ‘capture me if you can’. The rustle of leaves indicated the presence of squirrels but they were fast for me.The leaves and flowers of course stood rooted in their place. I tried out the various settings of my lens to capture them in their full glory! The number of species is estimated to be around 4000 to 5000. This diverse range of species is attributed to several factors like: great altitude and climatic range from hot humid lowland to freezing alpine conditions, geological history of Malay region involving movement of several tectonic plates and many more such geographical reasons.

The Sungai river flows in form of gentle streams, producing gentle gurgling sounds, it felt really good to be amongst nature’s elements far from the hustle and bustle of city. Wish we had more time to explore the interiors. Some the plants had sign posts with information on them. The orchids and carnivorous plants were specially highlighted and kept within enclosures. I had seen a plain green pitcher plant in the botanical garden of Yercaud, but this one had designs on it. It was big, my fingers wouldn’t go a full wrap around it. Later in one of the roadside stall selling plants I saw these picher plants on sale. One would cost around 25 Ringgit.

One regret remains; I couldn’t see a Rafflesia flower in full bloom!

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Sunset in Harangi Backwaters, Coorg
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

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