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Monday, 17 May 2010

Sights of Nottingham: Spring is Here

Every year before 2010, I celebrated Chinese New Year in Malaysia (or Singapore), supposedly marking the arrival of Spring.

This year, however, things were different. I didn't get to celebrate Chinese New Year. However, I did manage to witness the arrival of Spring for real.

While I personally enjoyed winter and the many photographic opportunities it has given me, many people don't like the frosty season (save for Christmas).

[HiRes] The gloomy weather of winter.

Daytime was ridiculously short. By 4pm it would be all dark. Like midnight. Even when it wasn't dark, the sky would be blanketed by gray, hazy clouds, making it hard (if possible at all) to locate the sun. The trees were bald, the shrubs had frosty white leaves and the colourful flowers no where to be seen.

[HiRes] Are these pinecones?

Come February, however, things changed. The earth thawed, leaves sprouted out of the bare branches and the grass became nature's colour palette.

Nature's Confetti
[HiRes] Caught right in front of Nightingale Hall, University Park Campus.

It was simply amazing. It's like seeing life coming a full cycle. Heck, it IS life coming a full cycle.

Diamond in the Rough I
[HiRes] Notice how the petals were scattered all over.

Herbs and flowers can now be found practically everwhere.

Under the Tree
[HiRes] Near sunset, University Park campus. The way the light fell gently on the pale pink flowers was just plain magical.

White Blossoms
[HiRes] Caught beside Sherwood Hall, University Park, where I spent my first two nights in Nottingham.

White Blossoms
[HiRes] This is the only photo today not captured in any of the University of Nottingham campuses, I think. Probably the same specie as the one above, but definitely different location.

Even right beside the drain. In Malaysia, plants would rather die than absorb a single drop of liquid from the drains.

Flowers by the Drain II
[HiRes] Even the drains see life flourish. This drain was even visited by the ducks occasionally.

Flowers by the Drain I
[HiRes] One of Jubilee Campus's many Sails reflected on the surface.

Eventually, the bees came out. The bees here are huge. I've seen some bigger than my thumb. And my man-thumb isn't exactly small.

[HiRes] You have no idea how much effort was needed to take two mediocre pictures of the bees using my 5-year-old compact camera.

[HiRes] A bee stained with pollens.

Life. Amazing, isn't it?


  1. Woots! What camera you're using, senior?

  2. old point-and-shoot... Nikon Coolpix 3200. 5 years old, 3MP, 35-100mm, max ISO200. super old =(

    this one


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