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2015年12月30日 星期三

A Romp Outside (出外溜 溜)

It's nice to visit one of the outlying islands.


If there's nothing else, there is at least the sea.



and to get there, of course you need a boat.


  
Whilst enjoying the sea breeze, one can always look at the clouds.



and a pier the boat briefly stops to enable the needed provisions to be delivered to the inhabitants further uphill.



Sometimes, clouds can assume strange shapes.



Ah, the shore at last



A few flowers high up there .



 
some growing by the road side


  
in front of someone's house


or beneath a window


 
Sometimes, you'd find the most incredible stuffs lying outside a house


or find some leaves preparing to go



There may be some hardy flowers too



just beside a rusty bicycle




or a rusty bin



covered over by pieces of string.



You may also find an old sofa seat tied with a chain



or an old but undiscarded foldable chair wired to the side of a wall 



or a sewer secured with bits of strings



Believe it or not, these tiny flowers still find sufficient space to grow on a sewer pipe!



You may find an arbor formed by creepers



 
If you were to climb a few steps, you could see a little further



and find worm eaten leaves at the side of the stairs going up



and creepers with star like fingers



You may find a few small uninhabited islands or a huge rock here and there close to the shore


perhaps a beach where no one goes to


whose waters are, for a change, still crystal clear



There you can sit around and listen to the waves



and if you feel adventurous, explore a bit



 
and if you so fancy, you may even get down to the beach


and have it all to yourself



or simply look around



and find another angle to look at what's around



and enjoy the gentle motion of the swaying reeds



or gape at the color of the sea



You may even find an odd looking stump or two

and wonder at how clever these creepers can wind themselves up in search of more light



or the odd shape made by leaves going dry


or completely so.



If you're lucky, you may even find some flowers in the sun



 
or the odd shape of construction equipment against the sky.


But on the islands, everywhere you go, you'll find tiny flowers growing in the oddest places



 
and admire their will for life 


and when you're done, you can always return the same way, leaving a trail of memories bubbling up and down with the lingering waves behind the boat: the sea, the sand, the sky, the clouds, the flowers, the leaves....