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2017年7月10日 星期一

A new adventure (新冒險)

I'm familiar with D'Aigular Street in Central. But I never knew until recently that's there's a beautiful place called Cape D'Aguilar, or Hok Tsu. It's a cape south of Shek O on the south-eastern tip of Hong Kong Island.  The cape is named after after Major-General George Charles D'Aguilar.


I got off the at the intersection of Shek O Road and Cape D'Aquilar Road and walked along the road for some 10 minutes before arriving at the road actually at a round about where I discovered that in fact, It's served by Route No. 9 Bus.  There were plenty clouds in the sky.


It was a fairly hot day. Fortunately, the  road was full of very dense vegetation and many parts of the road were protected from the sun by a cover overhanging leaves or the tree.in the direction from which the sunlight came. Occasionally, one can get a glimpse of the sea when the bushes at the side of the road were not so tall. In the distance at the tip of the peninsula on the opposite side of the sea is the Earth Satellite Station.


There were not very many interesting flowers

  
Only this red pod-like flower


There were some low rise residences opposite.


a very rectangular rock on the left of the road


The rock surface below was covered with moss


A very personalised notice of the village post boxes.


a peony I found at the side of the road


Another one


a house surrounded by trees

 

A green shed


A warning sign for mud slide



closer to the cape now



The path leading to the seaside



A sea cave at the side of the path



There are a number of such wireless antennae towers in the area


A huge cap like tree full of  Plumeria rubra (紅雞蛋花)



My first glimpse of the cape. In the distance is the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SIMS") first established in 1994 by the HKU Biology Department to study marine life in Hong Kong


 
The shallow cover


It had a fairly flat wave cut platform.


As it was sheltered, the waves are not that strong.


The 20 hectare area has been designated a Marine Reserve in July 1996 for conserving marine resources, scientific studies and public education. Within the area, no fishing, swimming, boating and collection of plant and marine life samples are permitted


The Memorial relating to such designation erected in September of that year. It was Hong Kong's very first Marine Reserve.



A killer whale skeleton outside the  SIMS.



Clouds rising between the  a pair of small islands protecting the cove, called Kau Pei Chau (狗髀洲), to the south of the SIMS



I met a young couple trying out their recently bought aerial photograph gadget which they got a about HK5,000





He operated with an apps from his mobile phone. It was quite steady.



A huge arch at the tip of the cape. We got this in Hong Kong too, not just at Cape Santiago.



 
Another view of the arch



There was a small wave pool to one side of the arch.



 
 Plenty of clouds over the horizon



And clouds over the arch too


 
We had to cross over this rocky patch to get a better view of the sea



A view of the sea from under the Notice of the Marine Reserve.



There appear to be two jet jetstreams across the sky both converging towards the cloud over the hills opposite



The Marine Reserve Notice from a higher vantage point



The sea was so blue



a more distant view of the arch



 
Plenty of clouds today but no rain
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One could see a rocky reef line crossing the cove towards Kau Pei Chau on the right





The famous light tower there, first opened in 1975, the oldest in Hong Kong, is now operated automatically. So no one is manning it and the stairs leading up to it are now blocked by a small gate. So could'nt get a closer look.  It's one of the five oldest ones. The Lighthouse is now one of our declared historic heritage monuments.The others are on Green Island, Tung Lung Chau and Waglan Island, the last two of which also enjoying similar status.




 
A better view of Kau Pei Chau



 
A boat speeding across the sea



One of the containers of the SIMS


One of the containers of the SIMS.



Looking back at the SIMS



 
One of the containers of the SIMS



The sea was really quiet.



a huge accumulation of white clouds towering over the New Territories.


 
The sun was obscured by this huge cloud




My last look at the sea that day, a tired but satisfied man