close to nature

Superb weather, fresh air, being close to nature, having a fresh look into a part of our Sabahan culture and a few hours of leaving the stresses of office work behind made our recent trip to Mari-Mari Cultural Village a very enjoyable one.

As it was my third visit there I took it a little easier this time round and just trailed behind the group to take a few snapshots of things around me other than the village itself.

There were many butterflies fluttering around but they were simply too fast for me to take a picture of them. The trees, the flowers….I just wish I had more time to hang around to explore a little more and take a few more shots of the beauty around me…

spider web in the morning sun

spider web in the morning sun

wild mushrooms sprouted after the rain the few days before...

wild mushrooms sprouted after the rain the few days before…

I took the following wildflowers which are a usual sight in this tropical country (commonly regarded as weeds) as I thought they were simply delightful. I was further amazed when I managed to google them and found out that they actually have a name!!! They are not just weeds!

Asystasia Gangetica, common names chinese violet or creeping foxglove

Asystasia Gangetica, common names chinese violet or creeping foxglove

Stachytarpheta Jamaicensis, common names blue porterweed and jamaica vervain

Stachytarpheta Jamaicensis, common names blue porterweed and jamaica vervain

Royal Dissotis - a little out of focus but I am afraid this was the only one I took

Royal Dissotis – a little out of focus but I am afraid this was the only one I took

When I spotted this huge yellow flower on the way to lunch after the traditional dance performance I knew I had to take a picture, or two of it!

Dillenia Suffruticosa, common name simpoh air (ayer)

Dillenia Suffruticosa, common name simpoh air (ayer)

Call me ignorant, only after I tried to find out more about this flower that I realised it is in fact, the national flower of Brunei, our neighbouring country!

Dillenia Suffruticosa, simpoh air

I love bird’s nest ferns, they can grow to a really huge size and look wonderful in a tropical garden especially in trees.

very decorative bird's nest fern

very decorative bird’s nest fern

Tarap fruit!!! One of my favourites! (Artocarpus Odoratissimus)
These tropical fruit have a rather pungent smell from the skin and cream colour flesh that looks similar to that of custard apples but the taste is completely different. To the locals the tarap seeds could be fried and eaten too like peanuts.
artocarpus odoratissimus, tarap

Other random shots…

a wooden bench in the shade for a short rest...

a wooden bench in the shade for a short rest…

lushly green tropical trees

lushly green tropical trees

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