The Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor) is a unique slice of landscape in Selangor made up of 497 acres of secondary forest. Salvaged from a massive land  reclamation project which threatened the existence of the entire mangrove area, it has since 1987 been preserved as a natural monument highlighting Malaysia’s mangrove ecosystem and wetlands diversity. The mangroves have since rejuvenated and covers about 234 acres of the park.

Green Enchantment

Today, the park is a stable ecosystem consisting of secondary forest and man-made lake, its flora and fauna greatly influenced by its close proximity to the sea. Its home to the Brahminy Kites (among 150 species of birds), silvered leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaque, wading herons, egrets and a host of migratory birds (Sept. – March) are easily spotted. Today, the park is a stable ecosystem consisting of secondary forest and man-made lake, its flora and fauna greatly influenced by its close proximity to the sea. It’s home to the Brahminy kites (among 150 species of birds), silvered leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaque, wading herons, egrets and a host of migratory birds  are easily spotted from September till March.

The secondary forest is dominated by strangling fig trees (ficus microcarpa), coastal trees (e.g. cordia dichtama) and mangrove ferns. The ~200m walking track which leads to the mangroves and man-made lake runs through the secondary forest to give you an up-close encounter with the secondary forest elements. The towering fig trees with its sprawling aerial roots (helps the tree to balance itself in the soft soil and support the heavy and horizontal branches), ferns and creepers, among the quiet and stillness of the forest, gives it a spooky and surreal atmosphere in the fading evening light – a phantasmic mind play within an enchanted forest.

(The walking track is infested with mosquitoes, be sure to bring along a good mosquito repellant for your walk)

All photos Fuji X-E2 with XF 14mm, XF 23mm & XF 35mm.

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