Yesterday I visited Singapore’s newest trekking attraction, the steel bridge. This magnificent pathway winds its way through a jungle area in the south central part of the island. With its switchback layout, it can even accommodate wheelchairs.
So come along, let’s check it out. (click to enlarge. I have left some pics larger than others)
There are several places to access the bridge. We started at one end at Hort Park, a beautiful garden area that displays all of the flora species to be found in Singapore.
The garden path is natural and signs describe the different types.
This tree had some lovely, soft green moss hanging from its branches.
Some plants are displayed vertically.
I had to get a shot of this old ‘uncle’ who was ever so gently and one at a time sweeping, not raking, the flower petals that had fallen from a garden atop this wall.
From Hort Park we will enter the bridge and cross the expressway here. In the distance, you can see where the pathway enters the forest.
It is only a matter of steps between the city streets and the dense, tropical jungle.
Here you can see how the bridge winds through the forest. This area is just under 2ndary canopy level.
The switchbacks are very gently sloped which allows even the old folks to be able to enjoy this beautiful walk with little effort. Here you actually see 4 levels as I am taking the picture from one higher than these 3.
There are a few stairways for quick access to different areas of the bridge.
In this area the bridge is higher and you can see a ground level path crossing underneath. The jungle is very thick and open areas like this are rare.
This is not a tree but a web of vines that have completely blanketed a group of trees. Vines are very fast growing and are everywhere.
This tree appeared to be sprouting branches in clusters but only from the very top of each branch. However, its not uncommon for completely different plants to grow out of the trees here, so these sprouts may not be part of the tree at all.
This shot gives a good idea of the canopy levels and density of the forest. By the way, there are monkeys here but we didn’t spot any on this trek.
The upper canopy towers over the 2ndary canopy. To give you an idea of how high the upper canopy gets, a 40′ tree in the 2ndary canopy is considered moderately tall.
As the plants get lower to the ground, the leaves tend to get bigger in order to capture as much sunlight as possible. Leaves on some of the ground level plants are as big as me.
Like a similar plant in my McRitchie post, this one looks as if someone has cut off the end of each leaf. Not the case, of course.
This marvelous specimen is Ficus Benjamina (also called Ficus Benjaminus) or the Benjamin Tree. Besides the obvious vines, there are a number of other plant species growing out of this tree.
This shows the thickness of the ground cover. Its way to thick to hike through and since you can’t see what you’re stepping on, I wouldn’t want to anyway.
Past the end of the steel bridge and a short walk away, we come upon a nice wooden walkway. I’ve never seen anything like it.
The wave shaped edge you see here and below is designed with water blue lighting which, when lit at night, appears as a giant rolling blue wave coming out of the jungle. It’s quite remarkable.
All in all, just another day in paradise. It’s so nice to live in a place where the signs don’t say Warning: Beware of Dog but instead say Please Don’t Feed the Monkeys.