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Monday, 3 March 2008

The Quest for the White Cloud

Last Sunday was an overcast day which was really good to laze on my bed, but I had to wake up at around 5 a.m. to join my first ever outing with the Kuching Shutterbugs. I met up with six of them at the MJC Expert Food Court at around 6:30 a.m., and we departed to the Batu Kawa Old Township for 'kolo mee' which was very good. The coffee at the same stall by the turning into the Township has really superb aroma!

After savouring all the hungry photographers with 'kolo mee' and coffee, we met up with another group member at the Red Bridge and we headed straight to the Kubah National Park. We started the quest on concrete pavement, at which there were many photography opportunities along the way, including macro shots.










At about the altitude of 900 feet, we had to turn into the jungle trail to start our 1.5 km jungle trekking towards the White-cloud Waterfall (白云瀑布). This jungle trail is filled with leeches, and I was on shorts and sandals! I was lucky to have been bitten by just one leech that I pull off quickly from my thigh. I managed to shoot a few more macro shots along the jungle trail before we reached the waterfall.










The walk took us about 2 hours as we stopped occasionally to shoot. It would have taken us longer if we were not shooed by one of the group members!


















We spent about two hours to shoot the waterfall from left, right and centre, at almost any possible angle. The rocks were very slippery and a few of us fell without damaging our gear. I am shy to say that I contributed to that statistics!

The returning route was very taxing on my legs as we had to walk ascending most of the time. Climbing the steps of the last 50 metres made me felt like I was climbing 50 storeys! However, it was fun shooting with this group of people, as all of them are truly enthusiastic about photography.

18 comments:

shenspeaks.com said...

cool posting + great shots! join us whenever u feel like next time. nice meeting you bro.

CK-II said...

Hi Shen Han, thanks! I enjoyed every bit of the outing with you guys. Thanks for the ride. :) I'm looking forward to more outings with you guys.

Anonymous said...

wow... great pictures... will join you next trip.. definately after April. Cyn

CK-II said...

Hi Cynthia, thanks! Ya, definitely after April, but it'll be after September for me.

WoMbOk™♂ said...

The waterfall pics are very nice sifu. As are the macro bug shots. :)

CK-II said...

Hi Wombok, we can probably organise another trip there. :)

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! The waterfall is so cool! I went to Kota Tinggi waterfall many years ago. I fell many times walking on the slippery rocks. hehehe....

jams o donnell said...

Wow what superb photos!

SandyCarlson said...

These are super. These are the best waterfall shots I've ever seen.

dKaye.com said...

Great walking tour - I feel like I discovered a brand new place without ever leaving my computer.

happy ww! :)

ju said...

wow! your a great photographer.

the teach said...

CK, marvelous shots! I have to try some macro shots! And how did you get the waterfall to look like that! Simply beautiful! Happy WW! :D

haan said...

the photo before "The walk took us about 2 hours as we stopped"... never ever thought of shooting like this before.. thanks for the inspiration..

Gypsy at heart said...

Quite a hike! Great photos - stopped that water in mid-fall....

Edwin Lay said...

Fabulous macros and waterfalls photos CK. Glad that we all enjoyed the trip =)

CK-II said...

Hi Edwin, thanks. I'm looking forward for more outings with you guys. :)

Herbert Wong said...

Like the photo of the red bug very much. It looks rather shy.

CK-II said...

Hi Herbert, thanks for dropping by, you have a lot of nice pictures in your travel blog too. :)

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