We ended our week with a walk through the Botanic Gardens looking for bats with our favourite Naturalist, Dr. Leong. Walks with Dr. L have become one our favourite learning experiences here in Singapore and it was even more special today to share it with dear friends from Abu Dhabi.
For Little T and I it was our first visit to this section of the Botanic Gardens. I found it fascinating to see it teeming with people when we arrived at 17.30 and then completely deserted as we finished up around 20.00.
We saw many bats and used a bat locator to tune in and hear their sounds and find them in the sky. Just as we were about to leave we managed to catch a fruit bat gathering nectar/pollinating a banana tree!
Today we were tourists in our own town. We took a short, 45 minute journey to our North to see some gorgeous rock formations.
The adventure nearly didn’t happen and Little T was pretty insistent he wasn’t going. He wanted to have morning movie time and was also scared to find scorpions in the desert. But we persevered and agreed that if he didn’t like it we could turn right around and come home. As usual he loved it and was so glad that we were there.
The photo opportunities were stunning and Mr T got some gorgeous shots. There were no fossils to be found but we did stumble upon a few camel bones and carcasses, luckily nothing too fresh, as Little T was so intrigued he wanted to pick up all the bones! As with everything we do there were so many learning opportunities here. Talking about how the formations were created, how did the camels die, why was the temperature different and so many other conversations.
It really was a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and we were amazed at how much cooler it was there than at our place. I will add it was not a well maintained tourist site, there was a fair amount of litter and leftover camp fires. But for a little local outing it didn’t bother us too much.
It really is true what is said about being in nature, we couldn’t help but feel relaxed and appreciate this place we live, a really lovely way to start our day.