Independence Day Drive

Patriotic display

Patriotic display of Malaysia and the State of Johor flags

31st August is Malaysia independence day and it was last Monday. On late afternoon that day, I decided to go for a drive to Pontian to shoot sunset and some wildlife if possible plus whatever that grabs my attention.  I am trying to familiarise myself looking at the trees to find interesting image for the camera sensor if the forest is not.  A practice session in scrutinising a bland landscape for an exceptional image.

Pontian is the southernmost region of mainland Asia but the honour for the southernmost place belongs to Tanjung Piai (Cape Piai) and it is gazetted as one of the places to go for a tour in Johor.  Not far away across the Tebrau Straits lies Singapore, linked to Peninsula Malaysia by a causeway and a bridge. A quick check on the weather, it was forecasted to be 15% cloudy, but then I forgot to check on one other thing, that is the tide.  Last I saw there were a group of otters swimming upstream into the river when the tide was getting low but on this trip when I reached Sungai Rambah, the tide had totally ebbed and the birds were very few and far away.  That left me with just the landscape and the sunset.  Anyway, I did stop by the pineapple field on the way to the small town of Ayer Baloi and at Sungai Ayer Baloi for some snaps though.

Note:   In this region, you are never short of clouds.  The problem is, there are too many of it. If it is not above, then on the horizon.  Also on a glance, the sky may look clear but there’s probably a thin layer of it.  As a result, it is hard to get dark blue sky even if you use a polarizing filter.  I easily get very dark blue sky in Mecca without using any polarizing filter on a wide-angle lens. (After watching Walter Lewin’s last lecture For the Love of Physics, I guess the particles in the atmosphere here are moist as compared to Arabia causing less blue light reflection.)

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Some Pictures From My Travels Across Peninsula Malaysia

I have travelled around and across peninsula Malaysia a few times and have taken a few shots but not much. One have to be really serious to take photographs while travelling cross-country by your own transport.  All those stops and drives really doesn’t add up to the experience unless one is really very adamant about it.  Hence I don’t have much collections except for a few places where I did stop and also places where I stopped for rest.

Fishing boats and Passenger boats at Mersing River, Johor

Fishing boats and Passenger boats at Mersing River, Johor

The Legendary Tasik Cini in Pahang

The Legendary Tasik Cini in Pahang

Chalets at Tasik Cini

Chalets at Tasik Cini

Dungun Beach, Terengganu

Dungun Beach, Terengganu

Coconut Plantation, Terengganu

Coconut Plantation, Terengganu

Fishing boat laden with fish traps sets out to the sea at Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Fishing boat laden with fish traps sets out to the sea at Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Seafood stall, Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Seafood stall, Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Vigilante Vandalism, Dabong, Kelantan

Vigilance Vandalism, Dabong, Kelantan

Highest waterfall in SE Asia, Gunung Stong, Dabong, Kelantan

Highest waterfall in SE Asia, Gunung Stong, Dabong, Kelantan.  Not much water in the dry season

The water just before the drop

The water just before the drop

Rest area on the East-West Highway gives a commanding view of the Titiwangsa Range

Rest area on the East-West Highway between the states of Kelantan and Perak gives a commanding view of the Titiwangsa Range

The city of Alor Star, Kedah

The city of Alor Star, Kedah

Paddu field, Kedah

Paddy field, Kedah…or is it Perlis? Not sure

North-South Highway at R&R area at Gurun, Kedah. The Thai border is not very far away

North-South Highway at Gurun R&R, Kedah. The Thai border is not very far away

Somewhere in Perak

Somewhere in Perak

The Royal city of Kuala Kangsar, Perak

The Royal city of Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Yatchs at the island of Langkawi, Kedah

Yatchs at the island of Langkawi, Kedah

While resting in the parking lot of this mosque, I saw this

While resting in the parking lot of this mosque, I saw this

Fraser Hill, Pahang, a cool place to get away from the tropical heat

Fraser Hill, Pahang, a cool place to get away from the tropical heat