A STOMPer sends in these pictures of a forest trail between the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Rifle Range Road, and says there is much beauty to be appreciated in the area.
In his email to STOMP, he says:
"These pictures were taken at the Senapang Trail between Rifle Range Road and the Bt Timah Nature Reserve. The steps to a house of an erstwhile squatter. The kitchen wall is still standing although the squatter has moved out.
"The brook that flows through the forest floor and cuts out a path for the river bed. The water is clear and monkeys come here to drink whenever they are thirsty.
"The main picture is that of the Heliconia rostrata, bearing scarlet bracts, which stands out in the midst of green plants and trees. This is a very hardy plant and has adapted well to forest survival.
"At the end of the trail I came upon a concrete block of building in the process of being built. The cranes were moving and the lorries were moving in and out. I wonder why the Building and Construction Authority has approved a licence for developers to build condos within a stone's throw of the nature reserve.
"Soon the building will be completed and residents will move in. The monkeys from the forest will invade their gardens and the inevitable conflict between man and beast will escalate. Man and fauna need to coexist peacefully and I hope BCA will not allow more condos to go up near the forest reserve."