2012-11-21 A Day at Ocean Park

1 12 2012

We hadn’t been to Ocean Park, in Hong Kong, for almost 5 years.  A lot has changed, some for the better, some – worse.  Still a good day to go visit and see the animals!  The weather was cloudy and threatening, but in the past week, I’ve learned that my ability to forecast weather in Hong Kong is pretty much non-existent.  We went with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom as she really enjoys seeing the Pandas.

We arrived not long after opening and there were already many tour buses there.  It seems that Ocean Park has become a popular destination for mainland Chinese tourists now!  We snaked through the admissions line and picked up Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom’s free ticket (seniors get in free EVERY day) and made our way to the Pandas. 

The two giant pandas were pretty lethargic and did what they do most of the time in the wild.  Sleep.  A bit of movement, and the whir of shutters could be heard all around.  There were also a couple of Golden Monkeys who were much more awake and more photogenic! 

After the Pandas, we headed over to the Aquarium, which had been completely rebuilt since I had been there last. The area is HUGE.  There are so many beautiful species of fish and aquatic animals.  Mom went home after that while Mrs D and I kept wandering around.  So many changes!  Later in the afternoon, the rain started, it meant that the line up for the “Hair Raiser” rollercoaster was non-existent.  Great ride.  Too short. 😦

The whole set of pics from the day can be found on my blog:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632138658619/with/8233086723/

Here are a few highlights.

Giant Panda

Golden Monkey

Stone fish

Fish with cool light coming down

Kids at heart

The cutest critter in the park – Red Panda

For the price of admission, Ocean Park is great bang for your buck!  If you’re in Hong Kong, I would put this on the “must visit” list.





Galapagos Snokeling videos

28 04 2012

In a branch out from my regular "photography" we have a bit of Cinematography!

A couple of videos I put together from snorkeling in the Galapago Islands.  They were shot on a Fuji XP waterproof camera…

Water was lovely! Quite an experience…
Watch for the SHARK!




Hong Kong – 2011-11-23

24 11 2011
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Hong Kong – 2011-11-23, a set on Flickr.

Mrs Dragonspeed needed to get rid of me for a day , so her Uncle #7 offered to show me around. We spent the day around Sai Kung.

We went out to the Kau Sai Chau Golf Course where we got in trouble for wandering around a golf course 🙂 We went on an 80 minute cruise around some local islands and we had a great seafood dinner. It was a blast!





Pictures from some of the recent 40th Marpole outings

22 10 2007

I’ve managed to find enough time to post up some photo galleries from recent Scout trips.

Not all the photos are “great”, but the purpose of the gallery is to give parents and friends an idea and a memory of the event, rather than to produce gallery quality images 😉

A weekend visit to a fish hatchery and then a sleep over at our Scout Hall:
http://www.slacker.ca/brian/webpics/showpix.aspx?20070930Cubs

Our first camp of the 2007-2008 Scouting season:
http://www.slacker.ca/brian/webpics/showpix.aspx?20071014GoldenEars

This past weekend’s “Apple Days”
http://www.slacker.ca/brian/webpics/showpix.aspx?20071021AppleDays

I hope you get the sense of the fun (and rain in one case) that we had 🙂

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