Gardens by the Bay - April 2023.

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Domes by night - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@24mm, f22, 15s (GPS: 1°17'18.88" N, 103°51'51.19" E)

The above photo, was taken from the other side of the water, and shows both the domes and the supertrees all lit up. Its a single shot, that has had minimal photoshop work, all I have done is to up the saturation, correct the color and crop. A good tripod, and wireless camera control is worth its weight in gold 😉

The last time I attempted to visit, the weather gods where upset with me, and the result was heavy rain. And yes I went anyway, just had to skip exploring the outdoor attractions, and staying in the domes.

However this time, the sun was shining, although it was a little hazy, in other words a good time to try again.

After getting my Marks at Spencer breakfast at Raffles City, I head out for the easy, half hour walk to the gardens, rather then take the MRT as I did the last time. Crazy I know, but as I have said many times, I like walking, and do not feel the heat.

This time, first thing on the agenda is to explore the gardens, then move on to the supertrees.

Remember I said today was a little hazy, just check out the city highrise in this photo, now thats what I call haze, or should I say smoke, as I was told its actually smoke from fires in Malaysia, which would explain why I am coughing more than usual.

Anyhow, not even close to bad enough to stop me from exploring.

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Lake from Dragonfly Bridge - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f2.8, 1/2000s

I made it down to the boardwalk along the lake, being this close to the water it feels a little cooler, with the light breeze being most welcome.

And yes the bridge in this shot is where the first photo was taken from.

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Dragonfly Bridge - April 2023 Nikon D850, 14-24@24mm, f5.6, 1/1600s

Heading along the boardwalk along the side of the lake, I spotted this sign.


Now there has to be a story behind this, just imagine what creatures must have been released to need a sign like this.

Anyway, for this visit I did return to the domes, but other than having a theme of the new avatar movie, all was just as good as the last time. And yes I did take many new photos while in the domes, and have updated the Orchid Gallery with some new shots, and am planning to add some others to different galleries.

When I bought the tickets for the domes, I added one for the OCBC Skyway, which from what I was told gives some stunning views over the gardens and the city.

While researching for this page, I discovered the Supertree Observatory, which has just made it on to my must see list for the next Singapore visit, which should be sometime in 2024.

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Supertree Grove - April 2023. Samsung SM-S908E, 6.4mm, f1.8, 1s.

Heading down the path to the Supertree Grove, I walked past these two striking Chinese Guardian Lion statues, which are much larger versions of the ones I picked up in bronze, many years back in china.

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Supertree Grove Samsung SM-S908E, 6.4mm, f1.8, 1s.

Heading past the Guardian Lion statues and down the steps to the actual supertree grove, I headed for the OCBC Skyway, which is a walkway which runs through several of the supertrees.

Thankfully there is a lift for access to the walkway, as the thought of that many stairs in this heat was not something to look forward too.

Maybe it was the combination of the heat and haze, but when I made it to the walkway, there where only a few people there, rather than the crowds I was expecting.

For the next trip, I wander if I can get access after dark?

Supertree Grove 3
OCBC Skyway - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f5, 1/2500s (GPS: 1°16'56.78" N, 103°51'50.17" E)
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OCBC Skyway - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f5.6, 1/1600s (GPS: 1°16'56.78" N, 103°51'50.17" E)

After spending about an hour on the walkway, just taking in the view, it was time to head out again, this time I had decided to head back via the sands hotel.

Next comes, the return to the gardens after dark, for the Garden Rhapsody (light and sound) show, which after some research starts at 7:45pm, repeating at 8:45pm.

Both in this visit and the previous ones, I have done a fair amount of walking after dark, so this is not a new experience for me. So I headed out from the hotel in good time, arriving a short time before the show started. And for those who do not know, the heat does not drop by much after dark, no problem for me, just something to be aware of.

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Supertrees by night - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f5.6, 1s (GPS: 1°16'57.28" N, 103°51'52.13" E)
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Supertrees by night, with the Sands in the background - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f5.6, 0.8s (GPS: 1°16'56.24" N, 103°51'52.49" E)
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Supertree Grove by night - April 2023. Nikon D850, 14-24@14mm, f5.6, 2s (GPS: 1°16'57.07" N, 103°51'52.39" E)

The above photos where taken just before the show started, think of it as the calm before the storm, when the show started I even forgot to try and record the whole thing on video, and got drawn into the show along with the rest of the crowd.

WOW, is about the best way to describe the sound and light show, its something which any visitors need to see/hear at least once.

Daily Stats: 32, 432 steps, around 28km

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