Sunday, 27 August 2017

Gunung Panti (531m) 26-Aug-2017

Gunung Panti Barat 

  • 2 hours up and 1 hour down on the same trails
  • Leeches on forest floor leaves
  • no river-crossing except a shallow stream
  • high lite of the climb is a steep slope with ropes and accessible foot
Trails we took to G. Panti. Did not walk the rdige though
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View from the summit
Step by step

Traffic jam on the way down, they-fies instead
Cute fruits on a pandulus-like plant
Rocks faces near the summit 
Typical trail scene with fallen leaf where leeches stood on end trying to attach to 
your shoes using the other end.
Hard mushroom so big I think can support a heavy DSLR
Unidentified bunch of fruits

Friday, 18 August 2017

Gunung Arong Johore August 5 2017

 August 05 2017 

 One day trek/fireflies from Singapore crossing into Johore 7am - 10:30 pm
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One hour plus up and one hour down exits to a beach. Continue with the beach line northwards, crossed some boulders and reached Tg Gelok Resort for a shower. 

Elevation plot of the hike. A gradual climb and  (Missing a short distance) walking on the ridge of Gunung Arong before descending to a beach.
Waves coming into the beach viewed from P200 zoom end

The breathtaking view from the outlook point very close to the shelter. I frame the above using the flowering Tongkat Ali  trees there
Wear color attire for easy identification in a forest
White lichen
Slippery coastal rocks and boulders to cross to get to the Resort for shower

Small section of the trek we had proper staircase built 

Fireflies yellow light shot from a moving boat.

In full moon - G5X can pick up the shrub green coloring with blinking fireflies. Iso 3200 f1.8 0.5 sec

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Srikandi Mersing revisited

Perseids PER Meteor Shower / Milkyway / Beach Stroll AUG 11 - 13 2017

Johore Sentral> Larkin > Mersing ( 2.5 hrs) > taxi ( waited 2 hrs) > Kg sesik 

11/12 Aug - arrived in heavy downpour taxi $50 Ringgit

12/13 Aug - Neighbouring units with other drives in Singaporean family. Milky way briefly and it was cloudy all the way. Bitten by a centipede and had a sleepless night no stars and painful leg

Milkyway through gaps in the drifting clouds
Milkyway in clouded sky - using Peleng 8mm f3.5 EOS 20D
Tight clump is the Sagittarius Milkyway
wide angle look

Coconuts and sky

WIthin the Srikandi resort compound I saw this fellow bulbul sitting on the water meter 

Functional swing but the tiny attap is not going to shelter your from rain

Srikandi added the swings and pondok near the beach which also served as a landmark

The rain came

Shell p900

Can you see me?
Tumble weeds foreground
Cow boy coming home with the herd
Tioman twin peaks on the right.
Closer look at 2000mm

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Tioman Dragon's Horns ( Nenek semukut)


Dragon horns, bats,waterfalls, watersprout ( tornado), Milkyway from Jetty, sunsets, Giant granite rock, big Squirrel, Beaches...edible wild berries 


- TRek from Kg Kenting to Paya - just follow the power cable line
- Milkyway shooting at Jetty
- Chill off with beers on Jetty late night
- CLimb up to CP9 
- Asah Waterfalls
- Eat eat eat.. walk walk walk

I once saw a twin toothed peak from Sri Ganda resort beach - one of the best dark sky site in Peninsula in Mersing. 

Internet search then indicated the Toiman's Dragon's Horn can be reached. SO after many months we went wielding trekking poles instead of snorkeling gears...Surprisingly there are plenty of things to see and photography land-based alone.
Mersing Town 

After a two hrs ferry crossing we arrived at the first drop off point - Kampung Kenting 
Kg Kenting street scene

We found bunches of Grapes !!
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Smelly bean - Petai fruits like lightbulbs

Our unit with a hammock and a pondok with fan

Tree with burnt out centre

Lovely sunset glow

Hike from Kg Kenting to Paya - 2 hrs walk one way.  We were told there are nice chinese food there.

Faces and a narrow hole for you to stoop and squeeze through
No harm trying my supernatural strength...

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This squirrel ate the flowers too

Much larger than the squirrel we found in Mainland. I saw one of them leap from one tree to another tree below with big vertical drop

Tiny 'durian' like fruit of casuarina tree

Near Paya - the tracker is unloading crates of Heineken  Beer from the flat-bottom ferry

Sunset glow and tummy rumbling...

Kg Kenting - nice chinese food here

Steam pomp fret , two crabs and butter cream prawns all for RM $175 
Milkyway with internal reflections due to particles on lens giving it a unique look

Shooting from the KG Kenting Jetty trying to avoid glaring lights. One lamp pole's light is not working so i have to park myself there. 
Ursa Major and lightning in the low horizon

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Was looking at sunset then heard high pitch streaking sound from behind. Two trees were full of the hanging-upside 'tent's. BATS!!

TO reach the saddle point we need to take a hired speedboat RM$300 to Simuku Hill View

This is the return path from GPS. THe elevation plot below reflects the continuous slope as we cut across contour lines

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Our guide is very knowledgeable in plants. We tasted sweet berries, leaves ....
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GPS elevation plot coming down of the hill
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This is the end of the narrow ledge couldn't go any further
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Our guide/boat man jumps into the sea and swims to his boat anchored a distance from the Jetty. The waterfall is another shot boatride from Semukuk Hill View

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