This particular trip was eventful and nearly got aborted. My original plan was to spend the morning at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR). When I reached my destination at about 8:30am, to my horror, the memory stick was not in the camera. I had left it in my computer drive the other night. By the time I made my way home and got the memory stick, it was about 10:30am before I got off the bus again at Bukit Timah Road. At this time, the rain was pouring. It was a bad start and now a bad weather. Since I had already spent 3 hours to-and-fro on the road, I decided to just go for a cup of coffee and wait for the rain to stop.
Indeed, the heavy rain did turn into drizzling at around 11am. I was glad that I persist because I did have some great encounters this time round.
The first surprise came when I saw something hanging below a leaf at waist level. My first thought was that it might be an insect. Indeed, it was a baby cicada in moulting mode. I had seen adult cicadas and their leftover casts, but never a moulting one.
The young cicada looked more like a fish than an insect. Based on my research later, it would take about 4 hours for it to be fully transformed into a full-blown cicada. I did not wait for it to happen. Instead, I moved on after admiring the cute little creature for about 5 minutes.
The next excitement was just 20 minutes ahead. I saw a blooming pink flower at ground level, just by the side of the foot path. It was from a creeper with tendrils. After close examination, it appeared to be a flower from the Passion Flower family. I was surprised that to find a Passiflora species in the middle of the forest. After searching around the area, I did find another two flowers and some flower buds but no fruit. [Update: Passiflora vitifolia]
I had found 2 plants new to me during this trip but had yet to determine their identity.
One of them was a climber with a fruit stalk that resembled that of a Piper species. [Update: Anadendrum latifolium]
The other one was a shrub with colourful berries that might be an Ardisia species. [Update: Ardisia sanguinolenta]
Due to the wet weather in the last few days, mushrooms were sprouting everywhere. Below was just a sample of them:
The trip ended at around 3 pm. It was a long day but the effort was worthwhile, just like any other field trips.
Below are selected photos from this trip arranged according to the sequence that they were taken. There is a text link under the photo that will direct you to more photos of the same species if they are available in my website.