Sunday, September 8, 2013



Here's the cat that has opted to be out on the streets instead of settling into being a well-fed cat that enjoys the comfort and safety of a home away from the bully cat next door. Anyway, he values freedom and so do I. He still comes every morning to be fed and disappears into other parts of the neighbourhood to roam and play and not daring to come back during the course of the day because of the cat next door. I worry about him especially when it rains heavily wondering whether he is safe and has found shelter, whether he is cold and shivering in the rain and praying that he will find food somewhere so that he will not go hungry. When he comes, my heart lights up for those brief moments when he would lie down and be petted, enjoying every moment of attention.

Here he is behaving like a sphinx guarding my front door.
Enjoying the love.

Hey, I love you too.

Thinking about life.

Quick nap.
See I am fine.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cat in the neighbourhood

This is Maotze, a stray cat that arrived at my part of the neighbourhood two years ago with his mum and two siblings. Over time, a sibling disappeared, another migrated elsewhere and only Maotze and his mum remained.
Our neighbour on the right are animal lovers and sort of adopted him. I think they called him by another name. Anyway Maotze was given a mat under a bicycle that marked his place in his new home. His mum was always around and I think she got fed too by the neighbour's maid. Maotze's mum was a black and white cat, small in size but fiercely protective of her offspring.
 Then a few months ago, Maotze's mum also disappeared and Maotze was clearly disturbed by the fact that his mum was no more around for him to nuzzle up to and seek protection from. Around that time, the neighbours stopped feeding and he would come over hoping to be adopted. I resisted feeding Maotze because I was not in the position to take care of a cat.
Anyway Maotze was born in the streets and could not be confined to a house. However, each time Maotze came to seek comfort from my children, he looked scrawnier than the time before. I relented for my children's love for this well-behaved and lovable cat that never demanded that we fed him. He has been coming over to our house in the past year of so to play and to have his belly rubbed. He got used to us and we, to him. So I relented and started to feed him, to play with him and to give him his belly rubs and cat massages. He loved them.
I am beginning to miss him when he does not turn up to be fed. Sometimes he disappears for a few days and then just when you think that he is never coming back, he turns up. I have not seen him since Sunday and I only caught a glimpse of him appearing from a drain and going into another neighbour's house when he saw her opening her front gate. I wonder if she has adopted him. In my heart, I hope he has found a good home and also hope that he remembers us and comes by for his belly rubs once in a while.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oriental Whip snake swallowing a lizard

I stood diagonally across from this tree to take these shots of an Oriental Whip snake slowly swallowing a lizard till only the tail of the lizard was visible. It is not something I want to see again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dragonflies in the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Butterflies, birds and dragonflies - these are creatures I love to photograph. Butterflies,because they have colourful wings. Birds, because they are a challenge and dragonflies, because they are the easiest to photograph as they do stick around longer than the time it takes the shutter of the camera to open and close on a sunny day.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Smiling lizard

This scaly lizard was resting amongst the tall grasses unperturbed by my photography. Perhaps it was used to such attention and I was no threat.

Wallace Trail dragonflies

When I saw this dark-tipped forest -skimmer dragonfly I was so excited because it was a shade of brilliant blue and I was so afraid that it would disappear from sight before I could be satisfied with at least one photo of this winged creature. So I took this shot from a safe distance just in case.
I moved closer to the dragonfly and in the shade of the tall trees tried my best to get the camera's auto focus to hit peak performance. Unfortunately, auto-whatever or auto-anything works best only in bright sunlight, hence the not-so-sharp pictures here.
Still, it was my first encounter with this particular specie of dragonfly.
Outstanding wings!
On the side of a drain, I spotted this common forest-skimmer.

Further on, a pink dragonfly with large pink eyes was resting on a twig.
Next to it was this dragonfly with orange wings. So pretty!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A couple of dragonflies

Correct me if I am wrong about these two dragonflies that I had the good fortune to encounter one morning between Kentridge Park and the Hortpark. I think that they are the Camacinia gigantea, also known as the largest dragonflies in its class. I spotted the red one which is male at eye level on a dangling twig. Curious as to why it did not move when I approached, I discovered that it was slowly devouring a helpless insect. I wish I had a better camera with me but under the circumstances, I made do with what I had.
 The wings were well spread out as I was approaching the dragonfly.

 The dragonfly altered the wing positions ready to take-off when it felt threatened enough. As it appeared, the dragonfly was enjoying its meal so much that even when I was near enough to touch it, I was not considered a serious security threat.

 Tired of taking the back view, I went round to the front of the dragonfly. Its mouth was too full to express surprise.

 Now it is getting a little more ruffled than before.
 So I left it to enjoy the rest of the meal in peace.
 Nearby I caught sight of this female dragonfly of the same specie and it has beautiful yellow wings.