Visiting The Singapore Botanic Gardens

It has been a long overdue visit to the Botanic Gardens and I’m glad I had finally made the trip. Why do we usually seek out places of interest in a foreign country but neglect those at home? Perhaps it’s the thought that one could drop by the latter at anytime and yet keep putting it off. 
Our Botanic Gardens had recently been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site so I just had to drop by.  Another good incentive was the free entry to the Orchid Gardens for the locals until the end of this month, in celebration of SG50. This being my first visit (how embarrassing), it filled me with a sense of wonder. Perhaps it is possible to cover the whole Gardens within a day but I would rather take my time to explore and enjoy it at a leisurely pace. So we would just cover a third of it from the Tanglin Gate to the Orchid Gardens and return another time to explore the other areas from the Bukit Timah Gate.
I will certainly come back again as I’ve really enjoyed the serene feeling of being with nature and greenery all around. I would also like to take more macro shots of the lovely orchids. It’s a really great place to unwind.
Singapore Botanic Gardens @ https://www.sbg.org.sg/
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Love looking at old trees with their unique trunks and roots.
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It was exciting to chance upon this giant monitor lizard resting in a quiet spot.
IMG_8478The clock at the Orchid Plaza.
The Orchid Garden with its many lovely species and hybrids is definitely worth a visit.
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The Aranda Lee Kuan Yew
on special display at the VIP Orchid Garden
Due to its height and limitation of my camera, I did not get a good macro shot.
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An unusual shape which resembles a pitcher plant.

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IMG_8617Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil ……

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Love this shot of the majestic tree on the left.

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IMG_8684The fascinating Curtain Ivy with its long aerial roots which forms a dense curtain
IMG_8711Another huge monitor lizard which had climbed up onto the rocks just after its swim across the pond.

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IMG_8696Was delighted to see these leaf pattern prints on the walkway.
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