Ursula, Day Two
photos up and be sure to check the end of the photo set for some awesome orchids! Day Three photos will have to wait till tonight or tomorrow...
Yoshi, we went to KNP this morning and when we arrived, the clouds moved in and then it started to rain! The rain lasted about an hour, slowed down for a bit then the sun came out again around noon. We went to the botanical gardens and saw loads of Coelogyne blooming, it's such an amazing place this park! Orchids left and right. yeah so what if some or most are tagged there by the park staff but even walking the trails I could easily see so many orchids on the moss covered tree trunks. Simply mesmerizing for an orhcid lover.
Anyway, I have uploaded Day Two photos (I am on my third day here, no time to label and describe the photos yet. Organizing them into proper sets will have to wait till I get back. Here's the link to the Day Two photo set (over 400 photos). http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarawaklens/sets/72157607229870397/
Day Two short summary:
Early morning, drove to Poring Hot Springs, did the Canopy Walk (awesome experience but too short, I wanted it to go on for a few hundred meters more!)
Then, explored the hot springs area, smell of sulphur very strong here, like rotten eggs. Didn go swimming or dipping or anything, didn't bring any swim wear.
Headed off to the nearby Poring Orchid Conservation Center. So many species orchids here, don't have to words to describe it. Just look at the pictures yourself...
Unfortunately, no Paph roth were blooming (only those that had turned into pods). However, we will soon see many roths blooming!
Late afternoon, we headed to Kundasang War Memorial to look at the gardens there. This memorial garden was set up in memory of the British and Australian POWs who were forced on a death march from Sandakan to Ranau, and the local people who died trying to help them. There are three themed gardens here, Australian Garden, British Rose Garden and Borneo Garden with lots of orchids.
British Rose Garden:
Evening, it started to rain again! It seems that it rains every evening in the mountains here. This place is quite amazing though, there are orchids almost everywhere we went, in parks, in gardens, even in the hotel we stayed at.
Will upload Day Three photos and write a short report when I get the time hopefully tonight. We are now back in the city and am sitting in the lobby of the hotel surfing via the free wifi (the signal is too weak in my room).
Enjoy the photos!