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Title: Mr. Arrow a.k.a MR GREEN
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.56am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This young plant look like an oversized boy with arrow head :) LOVE IT!!

Title: A fan perhaps?
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200
A fan look-alike fern plant.

Title: Swirling effect.
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.8, ISO Equiv.: 200
Just twist your camera and you'll get this swirling effect!

Title: Holed but still A.L.I.V.E
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.56am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 320
A close-up shot. I guess this leaf is still making food. Light is abundant despite the presence of huge canopy trees.

Title: Gimme Light and I'll survive!
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 9.05am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.8, ISO Equiv.: 200
Love this shot. The distribution of green colour in this picture is simply breathtaking!

Title: Twin Wing
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.39am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 220
A unique wing-like flower with papery thin petals. The two petals are brownish coloured.

Title: Light for a fallen leaf
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.55am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200


A wilted leaf on the forest floor.

Title: The forest
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 8.45am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/3.5, ISO Equiv.: 320

An interesting view of the reserve forest.

Title: Nature's Green Lung
Location: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 28 January 2009, 9.39am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Light from morning sky illuminate the leaf.

Today is the third day of Chinese New Year 2009. The day before, I was googling for places of interest in Kuala Lumpur and stumbled upon Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. I browse through some pictures on the forest reserve and I fall in LOVE with the place INSTANTLY - no questions ask and no reservations at all.

I've been to Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) at Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, FRIM is too artificial to me. It look like an urban forest to me. On the other hand, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve seems to be very tempting and attractive to pure nature lover like me. I was impressed knowing that Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve was gazetted as a permanent reserved Forest since 1906. WOW!!! That is a whooping 103 years of protective status given to the forest! NO KIDDING!! Also a forest at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur - sound unreal to me :)

So, this morning (last day of my Chinese New Year holidays) I took my early bath and drove to Jalan Ipoh. I boarded two buses to the main entrance of the forest at Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. The time of arrival was 8.20 am. I asked around and was given a map cum manual to the forest by a security guard. So, I started my journey exploring the forest. I had a lower expectation because the idea of a reserve forest in a bustling city is really unbelievable to any urban dwellers.

I was wearing a long black pant and a white jersey. The hiking trail is superbly designed with clear pathway, optional trekking to inner forest and clear signboards all over the place. I felt in LOVE with the forest straightaway. The morning sky with bright hue is simply amazing - only faint bright light able to penetrate the forest due to the canopy-like trees in the forest. I enjoyed every single step through my entire hiking!!! The urban concrete jungle slowly disappeared from my sight. In fact, I totally forgotten that I was trekking in a reserve forest at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was a peaceful, serene and out of the world experience!!

The forest is surreal and mesmerizing! Nonetheless, my excitement was bugged with continuous bites from tiny little flying insects that look like mini-me mosquitoes. These insects really drive me NUTS & CRAZY. I was bitten all over - my hands, neck and face. IT WAS DAMN ITCHY AND ANNOYING!!! At one point, I felt like turning back or even shout for H.E.L.P!! I was cursing these insects non-stop! Trust me - bring along some insect repellent! Those bites are out of the world!!! Fortunately, these crazy flying insects disappeared when the Sun started to rise to the horizon. P.A.T.I.E.N.T is the word!! I am glad that I 'survived' the ordeal!

Remember to check out Part 2 for more pictures and travelogues!!

4 comments

  1. Shelyn Says:
  2. Bukit Nanas is one of the places that I wanna explore. So far we have been to several nearby hills/mountains, Bukit Nanas is our next target.

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. Hi Shelyn!!

    I've been to FRIM at Kepong. But, I really like Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. It felt like a real forest!!

    Remember to carry along a bottle of insect repellent. I was virtually 'attacked' by a swarm of blood sucking flies!!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  5. blood sucking huh?? wow...seems like u bought a new camera...u aint teaching ??

     
  6. shloke Says:
  7. @ Ping Pong Freak,

    Howdy there! Hope everything is OK at SriKL school :)

    ME? I'm still teaching and having some moderate traveling now and then.

    Remember to work harder for ur Science and Maths. Do me proud :)

    Cheers and best wishes!
    mylo

     
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