"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Saving The Rain Trees of Taiping

I've had just enough time to...   see the rain trees saved

Taken of the Taiping Lake Garden, the most beautiful park in Malaysia

The rain trees lined the serene shore
Dipping its branches into the forbidden lake
Rippling the surface stirred by wayward winds
Sending a gentle cascade of dropping leaves
On wet grasses and empty benches
Providing solace to aching hearts and aching feet
Slowing down time to a slow crawl
Witnessed by the distant hills and century trees
Through the veils of morning mists and driving rain
A scene that soothes the heart with a gift of memory
That may not last as long as the trees
Only just as long as we live…

And they want to set up kiosks in this sacred land
To sell snacks and souvenirs!


  1. I love Taiping Lake. I love the century old rain trees there that witnessed the history of the place. It is the most serene and beautiful park in Malaysia. When there, my soul converse with the trees and I meditate without meditating. And the municipal council there, who is supposed to serve the people and the town wanted to cut down some trees and marred the place by building some kiosks selling snacks and souvenirs!! They would destroyed something nature crafted for more than a century to replace it with something kitschy! It is an abomination! The people of the town forced the council to reconsider. It is a rare victory, maybe because election is round the corner. But I still bristle to think that they can even consider such an idea. This post is dedicated to all who signed the petition to save the Taiping Rain Trees.

    A 1000 Reasons
    The Taiping Rain Trees is one of my favourite subject and below are some earlier posts that I made on it. There are many more in my photostreams all from Taiping Lake and Maxwell Hill. Enjoy!

    ★prometheus_bd added this photo to his favorites.
    Stunningly beautiful series.. wonderful shots

    ★Nikita_70 added this photo to her favorites.
    They look wonderful!

    ★♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥ added this photo to her favorites.
    Ohhhh Dear Thou I am sorry you have been tortured by your physio Therapist.... but after the pain... you will surely get some benefit....usually it's so.... and I wish you to get going quickly.... and forget the pains.... so SMILE SMILE SMILE..... and the Therapist will smile at you... LOL
    Hugs & Happy Sunday.. Vero

    ♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥
    ....and now.............I must say WOW WOW WOW for these beautiful photos...They are blessings for my eyes and heart and soul....
    You live in a beautiful place which looks so serene.... and I hope it will never be transformed into a tourist place......................(it wouldbe disgusting... and would ruin the heavenly atmosphere... which can be felt even just looking at the images)...
    Hugs my friend and thanks you so much...... for your kind friendship.... Vero and my hubby

    So beautiful! A wonderful shot and view. Must be really a special place ;)) Wish you a great weekend!

    ★brdonovan and Light❖ added this photo to their favorites.

    Beautiful series of shots.

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to his favorites.
    extremely gorgeous and peaceful scene. great series

    ★i_still_believe_in_u and Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to their favorites.

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    A very wonderful scene

    This photo was invited and added to the Written Pages group.

  2. ★Nikita_70 added this photo to her favorites.
    just gorgeous! i'm happy they reconsidered their decision!

    ♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥
    Too beautiful Dear Thou..... and so interesting documentation..... The flowers are beautiful.... the tips look like raindrops.....
    Hugs my friend...... Thanks for sharing.....
    Have a good weekend..... VeRo

    ★Light❖ added this photo to their favorites.

    Excellent work. Our city has levies for the removal of trees on residential property...which really means...tax revenue for the city. I wish the politicians cared more when they themselves cut down so many of our forests for highrises in the 70's and 80's.

    ★among the ruin added this photo to his favorites.
    Such a beautiful capture! This place looks gorgeous. If you live here you are very blessed. ;) I read your comment about zipper lips, haha! I too have had my share of "scares" in the past. I've had some physical issues my whole life that I've learned to deal with and from time to time I post these image. It's my way of giving the finger to my ailments and fears and the ultimate scare, "death". I'm not a sicko or anything, haha! Cheers. :D

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites.
    They look wonderful flowers

    This photo was invited and added to the Written Pages group.

  3. I don't see why every interesting place has to be an opportunity for business. I'm so glad they've changed their minds, though.

    1. An opportunity for some to make money I guess. They care not what they destroy in the process. Yes, it is a rare victory but lets hope they don't 'sneak' one on us. Thanks for the visit.

  4. ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    Beautiful green landscape ! Very nice framing, color and composition !

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.
    Beautiful Natural composition and reflection...
    Have A Beautiful Sunday! My Friend !

    ★henrhyde (gill) added this photo to her favorites.
    The tree symbolises new growth, stages of life and ageing, with its spring leaves and blossom, then the falling leaves.
    We can all relate to trees.
    Forget our worries and "talk to the trees ".
    Beautiful image and poem ---let us pray -that this magical lake and treescape will be preserved .
    Great work Thou - San .

    Johnny Cooman
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    Thank you for sharing with us!¸.•*´¨´¨*•

    antonè.. new summer look ;-)
    Un panorama fantastico questo lago!!! è un vero peccato che l' uomo voglia distruggere questo paradiso per vendere souvenir: se io verrò a vedere questo posto non comprerò mai nessun souvenir:-)))!!!
    Ciao Thou, ti auguro una felice domenica!!

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    I love the mist that embraces those hills, so very calming.
    Exceptional capture including those branches!

    antoninodias13 (very busy)
    Beautiful atmosphere and reflections!!!
    Have a good day!!

    ★antoninodias13 (very busy) and E|sbeth added this photo to their favorites.


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    What a wonderful series. An incredibly serene place.

    A magnificent green oasis! I can well imagine why it would be your favourite place to find tranquility & peace of mind, thou! Beautiful!
    ★ana_lee_smith added this photo to her favorites.

  5. GPMTZ
    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    Your picture has caught my attention and I find it worthy
    of a NATURES BEST AWARD...Well Done :)

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.
    Beautiful background and Fascinating flower ...

    Johnny Cooman
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    Thank you for sharing with us!¸.•*´¨´¨*•

    RavenSpirit Images
    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    These remind me so much of similar trees we have here but not tropical,
    the flower and leaves look alike,
    It must be Heavenly going there, I know I would love to be there,
    Beautiful Thou-San!

    ★prometheus_bd added this photo to his favorites.
    Beautiful shot
    This awesome image was seen and admired in..
    Flickr ♥♥♥ Friends
    Thank you for sharing!

    ★brdonovan added this photo to his favorites.
    beautiful work.

    This is beautiful, your DOF is just lovely.

    Wonderful dedication to those who took a stand against the politicians who are blind to the park's incredible beauty & only think how they can get a few more coins into the council's coffers. Unfortunately its likely true, thou, that the upcoming election is the reason for the turnaround. Politicians rarely listen to the people unless there's something in it for them. A very beautiful capture ...superb composition with the exotic flowers in the foreground & great dof.
    Your excuse for why you don't get up early made me laugh ...magnetic force indeed *~* And the story of your first bike brought vivid recollection of my own first bike. It was a beautiful green bike but much too big for my 8 year old body. My dad had already put thick wooden blocks on the pedals when I found it downstairs on Christmas morning. He took me out in the street & ran holding the back of the seat to keep me upright while I pedalled. Then he let go & it felt like magic as I sailed down the street on a big two-wheeler bike for the first time. And then I fell off *~* But the lesson had been learned. I could now ride the bike without help. I loved that green bike. I rode it til I was 15 years old (without the blocks on the pedals, of course) It had French handlebars ... which meant nothing to me but which brought a lot of attention from the boys *~*
    ★ana_lee_smith added this photo to her favorites.


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