2012-11-20 A nice relaxing day

21 11 2012

We didn’t do too much during the day on the 20th, but we did head over to Mong Kok in the evening to have dinner at a friend’s place.  It was my first time being in a regular Hong Kong apartment.  It was lovely, albeit a bit small.  Apparently the thick concrete walls means that you don’t hear your neighbours, which is good, because everyone lives pretty close to one another!

Our friend has two dogs, which made a significant part of the evening fun – trying to photograph people with dogs 😉

Here are some of my successes:

The Pomeranian – Cookie

The Chocolate Lab – Choco

Mrs Dragonspeed with Cookie

Claire with Choco

and then there are the “Fun trying to shoot dogs” shot:

Between the dogs, the good company and the great food, it was a fun evening!

On the way home, the requisite night shots:

Mong Kok lights:

Night food

The full set of photos is at my flickr set:

Next Blog entry will be Ocean Park!

2012-11-19 Christmas approaching in a semi-tropical City

20 11 2012

t’s really odd being in Hong Kong, weather is 25C and seeing Christmas displays. You gotta admit, they do it up big. In Times Square they have a Lego display for Christmas:

1) Snowman

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Sleigh ride and Cross Country skiers!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Freaky Lego Santas to give nightmares to small children

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) What would Christmas be without a Piper???

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) On a food related note, you can enjoy a variety of tasty snacks at the street vendor – including a small girl with a puppy???

You can even get a little girl or dog? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Need a cab?

Need a cab? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) In case you forgot what keeps the Hong Kong economy going

Buy! Buy! Buy! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) The annual sale at Sogo – stand still too long and you’ll get swept along with the crowds

Sogo annual sale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set for the day can be found at my Flickr site: 

Merry Christmas – Enjoy! (it’s 24C right now)

2012-11-19 A day on Cheung Chau

19 11 2012

We headed over to Cheung Chau on the 19th for a bit of a walk, fish balls, gai dan zai and a big family dinner… It’s a great island to visit with always SOMETHING good to shoot.

1. IFC II reaches up into the clouds in Central District, Hong Kong

Build up until you reach the Gods! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Wedding announcements!

Marriage announcements! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Yue Dan, or Fish balls on a stick – a Cheung Chau fave

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) The old fashioned way

The good old way by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Workhorses by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Dragon

Dragon by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) The Ghost King at the Cheung Chau temple

Scene from the Cheung Chau Temple by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day of fun can be found in the flickr set:

I hope you enjoy them!

2012-11-14_17 Scenes from the days

18 11 2012

1) A colourful tram
Colourful Tram in Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Towering Skyscrapers
Towering above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Could you do this to a $7,000 camera?
I don’t know if I could do this to a 7,000 dollar camera! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Sign. Sign. Everywhere a sign…
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Light up the night.
Light up the night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More from this set can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspee … 2042881139

I hope you enjoy!

2012-11-13 Scenes from Hong Kong

18 11 2012

We found ourselves down in the Wan Chai and districts of Hong Kong for the day and a few interesting shots came of it.

1. Cool building in Central
Cool building in Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Giant Billboards dwarf pedestrians below
Giant Billboards by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The night speeds by
The city never sleeps by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A VERY cool Rolls Royce
One seriously FLY Rolls Royce by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Late night neon
Lights of the streets in Wan Chai by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspee … 195645113/

Feel free to browse and enjoy!

Birds of the New Territories in Hong Kong

16 11 2012

I went out around the various wetland areas of Hong Kong’s New Territories. I was surprised to find a variety of birds other than just the Herons and Egrets…

1. Great Egret with a Fish

Great Egret (Ardea alba) with a fish by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A collection of Egrets and Herons resting on the mudflats

Great Egrets and Grey Herons at rest by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Grey Heron in flight

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Great Egret Fishing

Great Egret (Ardea alba) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Red Whiskered Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. My favourite from the day, the Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set from the day, including some butterflies can be found at my Flickr set:

I hope you enjoy them!

2012-11-10 Birds of Prek Toal Sanctuary

15 11 2012

We took a birding trip that also included a visit to the floating village of Prek Toal.  The village was cool, but some of the birds that we saw were brand new ones for me!  The noisy boat was a drag, but we DID manage to get close enough for a FEW decent shots.

1) The Oriental Darter, known often as a "snake bird" due to its neck:

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) The Eastern Great Egret (seen here in the trees)

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta) in the trees by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) The Chinese Pond-Heron (in flight)

Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) A pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) The Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) The Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!  There are some more available along with other pictures from the day on Tonle Sap Lake at:


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