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Photography – Grey-headed Flying-Foxes

Grey-headed Flying-foxes
I still remember this sight I saw at the Royal Botanic Gardens back in 2009. The Gardens was once home to a colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes, a large species of fruitbat. I have never seen so many bats in my life, and they were quite a sight. For a moment, I thought I was in Transylvania. The bats adapted so well in the gardens that they reached 22,000 in the summers of 2008 and 2010, by which time 28 mature trees, 30 palms and many understorey plants had been killed by the roosting flying-foxes. They were subsequently relocated to other parts of Sydney in 2010. I’ll go visit them again on my next trip Down Under.

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Photography – Men on a Rope

Gardens by the Bay - Domes
The next time you are in the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, take a moment to lift your head up and see if you can spot the cool folks on harness, cleaning the exterior facade. I wonder how it feels like to scale 58 metres up this impressive structure…must be like a Mission Impossible. I think my legs will turn to jelly faster than I can say “Peanut Butter!”

Gardens by the Bay - Domes

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Gardens by the Bay: SUPERduperTREES

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees
It’s always nice to spend some time with nature when growing up in an urban jungle, and Gardens by the Bay is definitely a great place to be surrounded by flora and fauna. The SuperTrees intrigue me quite a bit because they look so sci-fi, and there’s just so many different ways you can photograph them – how can you ever get bored?

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Postcard-worthy view

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres (16 storeys tall), the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Twelve of these can be found at the Supertree Grove, and six at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Laughing guardian at the entrance…ho ho ho

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

During construction in April 2012

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

This is one of my favourite photos of the SuperTree Groove. The colourful cranes look like they are feeding the tree. And it is also a sight that is not likely to be repeated since construction is already completed.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Sunset with rays of light peeking through Marina Bay Sands hotel’s towers

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Real with man-made trees; blurring of lines between fiction and reality

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

The Supertrees have different planting schemes in various colours ranging from warm tones like reds, browns, orange and yellows, to cooler hues like silver and pink. The plants are chosen based on the following considerations:
– Suitable for vertical planting
– Lightweight and hardy
– Soil-less
– Easy to maintain
– Suitable for Singapore’s climate
– Not commonly found in Singapore
– Visually interesting

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Take a stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway that connects the two 25-metre Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, and take in a different view of the Gardens.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

I like water a lot, so sitting by the wooden boardwalk at the Dragonfly Lake and watching the colours of the SuperTrees change feels relaxing. I would usually bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with a friend – and lots of insect repellent. This was taken during a sunrise shoot at a very sleepy 6am – a feat not to be repeated.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

11 Supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. Some will be integrated with the cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Workers who keep the SuperTrees looking pristine
Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers are planted on the Supertrees. Examples of some of the species that will be planted on the Supertrees include the Tillandsia stricta from Brazil, Tillandsia fasciculate from Panama, Cattleya maxima from Ecuador, and Pseudorhipsalis from Costa Rica.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

The feeling on the Skyway is certainly refreshing. You can get a good bird’s eye view of the entire Gardens from here.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Same spot by night – how different it looks!

Watch as the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling myriad of light displays bursting across the sky. The OCBC Garden Rhapsody shows are on daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

OCBC Skyway

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

See you soon! Moo…(I’m actually a very virile bull, you’ll know what I mean when you see the other half of me *wink*)

Read More about Gardens by the Bay
In Full Bloom: Cloud Forest @ Gardens by the Bay
Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay

About Gardens by the Bay
At 54 hectares, Bay South Garden is the largest of the three gardens which form Gardens by the Bay. When completed, the Gardens by the Bay will occupy a total of 101 hectares of land by the water around Marina Bay and the 32 hectare Bay East Garden will be linked to the Bay South Garden by Bay Central which will feature a 3 km promenade that offers stunning views of the city. It is masterplanned by UK-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates. It is viewed as a bold step in enhancing the liveability/quality of life in the city as well as Singapore’s international appeal. Bay South Gardens consists of several signature parts such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories, Supertrees vertical gardens, OCBC SkywalkHeritage GardensThe World of Plants and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.

18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Getting There – Train/Car

Garden Admission
Access to the outdoor gardens in Bay South is free. The admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories and the OCBC Skyway are found here.

• Outdoor Gardens
Rates: Free Admission
Hours: Daily; 05:00 AM – 02:00 AM

• Conservatories (Flower Dome & Cloud Forest)
Rates: From $8 – $28
Hours: Daily; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM

• OCBC Skyway
Rates: From $3 – $5
Hours: Monday – Friday; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM
Weekends & PH
09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 07:00 PM; Last admission at 07:30 PM