Lotus

Teluk Intan – Taiping – 130 km

It was a misty morning as I headed out of Teluk Intan across the Perak River. Monkeys darted across the road while others were sitting in tree-tops clutching their young protectively. I followed the river for about 50 km past lakes and small communities of rustic homes on stilts. Past banana plantations and rice fields. After the previous night’s rain farmers where preparing the rice fields while flocks of egrets were hanging around waiting for an easy meal.

I took a shortcut over the hills, past large areas of Oil palm plantations and past the Ulu Recreational forest. The scenery was sublime. I watched the mist swirling around the higher peaks, wondering if I was going to get caught in the rain. I never did get caught and my fears of having to cross the mountains looming in the distance also never materialised. All making for a very good day of cycling. I arrived in Taiping in good time and found (what I believe to be) the cheapest room in Taiping. The Peking Hotel was built in 1929, and I don’t think any maintenance work has been done since. The building has an interesting history and is believed to have been the residence of a wealthy Taiping businessman. It was later used by the Taiping Rubber Association. During the Japanese Occupation from 1941 – 1945, the building became the headquarters of the notorious Kempeitai.


I was happy with my cheap room, as it was a ground floor room, and I could push my bicycle right into the room. I had a quick shower, rinsed my clothes and then set off looking for dim sum, which I found on a side street. There are few things I like more than sitting at a sidewalk café behind huge steaming baskets of dim sum and ordering plate after plate!
Cracking detail!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Gorgeous detail and light ! It seems to come alight from the centre ! fav
posted January 7th, 2018  
PS just viewed on black -- it really pops !!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Beautiful. Such fascinating flowers.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Sublime bloom and a good sounding day, one that compensates for the days when you do get caught in the rain.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Very pretty flower
posted January 7th, 2018  
Awesome capture and detail, fav!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Nice story of your day, and fabulous image!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Very pretty image 👍
posted January 7th, 2018  
breathtaking viewed on black
posted January 7th, 2018  
bep
Gorgeous image. Fav. Love your narrative.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Fabulous focus!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Craxy good lighting
posted January 7th, 2018  
This is fabulous, great focus!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Stunning.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Gorgeous!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Yes Gorgeous
posted January 7th, 2018  
Amazing detail, it really is a beauty. I love reading about your travels.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Stunning.
posted January 8th, 2018  
so perfectly focused
posted January 8th, 2018  
Awesome shot
posted January 8th, 2018  
so stunning!
posted January 8th, 2018  
Perfect clarity, stunning.
posted January 8th, 2018  
absolutely gorgeous ...amazing color and detail ...FAV
posted January 8th, 2018  
Exquisite detail and clarity.
posted January 8th, 2018  
wow, nice!
posted January 8th, 2018  
sounds a wonderful day. The light on the lotus is amazing
posted January 9th, 2018  
What a stunning shot - the focus and clarity are spectacular. Sounds like you had the perfect ending for a wonderful day. Fav
posted January 9th, 2018  
Great story as always. Love the lotus. fav
posted January 10th, 2018  
excellent macro, leana. hope you're enjoying this trip!
posted January 10th, 2018  
wow what a flower! great image. And I love your narrative-sounds just amazing
posted January 10th, 2018  
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