Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wetland Sanctuary

I decided to pay the wetland sanctuary a visit one afternoon.  It is about 5-10 minutes' drive from the heart of the city (Kota Kinabalu) and this is what it looks like inside.  For a fee of RM5 you get to walk along a wooden bridge like this in the middle of a mangrove jungle.  A slow walk with lots of photo-shooting will take you about an hour or so.  I was hoping to see some birds but there were only a few shy egrets.  This one looks like a butler welcoming me into the sanctuary, don't you think?

This is what the aerial roots of the mangrove look like.  It thrives on muddy waters and in the past we use mangrove wood for cooking.  It is called "kayu bakau" in our language.

I risked my life climbing climbed a rickety tower to take this photo, just to show you how dense the growth is.  I was completely alone in this swamp so I could have been boinked on the head and robbed without anybody knowing.  Not to worry, not to worry, I have never heard any such thing happening in this wetland sanctuary.  Perhaps in the swamps next door but never here.

Well, too bad, no pretty birds for me to shoot but there were probably hundreds of these sleek, slimy lizards on the bridge.  They were always weaving in and out several feet ahead of me.  Don't come any nearer!  I will jump!!

This little friend is very, very tiny.  I think about the size of my finger nail.

This one is a little bit bigger and I really like his coat of many colors!

I was delighted when a blue dragonfly landed near me.  I have never seen one this color before.  My favorite shade of blue too...:)

Another creature of the mud.  I don't know what it is, perhaps a half-baked prince who's waiting to be kissed.

Well, let's turn our attention onto something more pleasant.  This is called "misai kucing" or cat's whiskers, a plant with medicinal properties.

Pretty flowers I saw on my way out.

Last but not least, the caretaker's cat.  That's all for today, hope you all enjoyed visiting the wetlands with Aunty Tooki today...^_^

6 comments:

What Remains Now said...

LOVELY photos! Looks like a lovely day. You are exceptional at nature photography...Coco and Wawa photography too.

Tamago said...

Oh I enjoyed the Visit! Thank you for risking your life..eh, even did do some climbing to show us that photo! This is a very beautiful place. The blue color of the dragonfly is amazing. Thank you for sharing, I love your photos!

zeeFM said...

hello there =D I'm a MS from KL !

Cecilia said...

It's beautiful... it reminds me one day I need to take a long stopover in Malaysia rather than just 18 hours in KL.

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

Auntie Tooki - I wanted to make SURE that you enter my Birthday Giveaway Event.... pop over to my blog for the details....I don't want Coco and Wawa to miss out!!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

orchid said...

Dearest Tooki,
Oh, wonderful sanctuary and I also enjoyed the tour. You had to risk your life to take shots(*^_^*)
I can see you love animals; I wish to have a dog but when ours died less than 30 years ago around when I was late 20's. Seeing my grief, mu husband won't let me have one, hehe. We haven't blessed with a child.

Thank you very much for the sweet comments for me.

Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

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