Well once again we are blessed with a blue sky and stunning views. Mrs. Ha requested (if that is the right expression) that I again document the rare event for posterity. I duly took a shot or two and returned to the study to process my favourite. I ended up with 2 versions that I like and endless intermediate morphs. This is the base photo with not much done to it.
And this a rather OTT monochrome courtesy of Silver Efex.
The building you may pick out amongst the hills opposite is actually a clubhouse for the golf club on Kau Sai Chau. There are, I think, 3 courses on the island, all owned by the HK Jockey Club. The HKJC is a charitable organisation that relieves the populace of their hard earned money through gambling. Horses and the lottery. Most people have a shot at the Mark Six (pick 6 from 49 numbers) now and again but the most I have won is about HK$100. I could count the number of times I have been to the races on one hand. I believe the HKJC is the only legal outlet for betting in HK’s nanny state. There are of course many illegal gambling syndicates and a lot of people have a quiet wager on their mahjong game. Ironic really as mahjong is anything but a quiet game. To be honest, the nanny state is probably merited on this occasion as there is a distinct propensity to bet in the Chinese genes. Just look at the casinos in Macau and now Singapore. Stuffed to the gills with mainland Chinese. In return the HKJC does much good and the golf courses on KSC are the only ones I know of in HK where the public can pay to play. Otherwise you need to know the right people, pay an arm and a leg and probably join a waiting list to become a member of one of the elite clubs.
The island in the foreground is the splendidly named Lap Sap Chau – or Garbage/Rubbish Island in English. I don’t know why it is so named. I have never deposited my refuse there. Just out of sight on the right is Yeung Chau, where historically White-bellied Sea-eagles have nested. We still see them fly past the house but I have not seen juveniles so I am not sure whether they still have a breeding site there or just a roost.
I am still working on my magnum opus and my ultimate blog post may eventually see the light of day. But don’t count on it.