Petronas Towers Reflection

Petronas Towers Reflection

On the opposite side of Lake Symphony is the Suria KLCC, at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. This six floor shopping centre, is one of the largest malls in Malaysia. Even with a super wide angle lens, it was impossible to capture both the buildings and their reflections in one frame. In many ways I prefer the reflection. The lake features a large, computer controlled water fountain. Sat on the ground, close to the waters edge, I waited patiently for the fountains to start. As the light levels dropped, this photograph was more of an experiment that turned out well.

Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

Normally found in the wilds of Madagascar and the south Sahara. I came across this stork in Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. At about a metre high, he was one of the easier birds to photograph. Home to over 3000 birds, the challenge was getting a good background, and of course coping with the heat and humidity. The other issue is contrast. With all white birds, cameras find it difficult to record what it sees as a thin, white subject on a relatively dark background.

Temple Roofing Art Figures

Temple Roofing Art Figures

Surprises are great. Especially when out taking photographs. Originally, I visited the Thean Hou Temple for the view of Kuala Lumpur. Research online told me that from here, there was a great view of the skyline. The day I went was dull and foggy but this didn’t put me off.

The surprise was the temple itself. The architectural details coupled with the bright colours were really something special. Here we see a few of the figures along the ridge of the roof. The tower in the distance is KL Tower, which looks quite similar to Auckland’s Skytower. On the far right are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

Kuala Lumpur Monorail

Kuala Lumpur Monorail

Seen here at Raja Chilan Station near KLCC Park the KL Monorail has only ten other stations but connects the main tourist centres in the golden triangle. I ended up using it most days to travel been locations and my hotel. Opened in 2003 it has been subject to much criticism, especially in recent months. In August there were two breakdowns where up to 200 people were trapped inside a train (one time with no air conditioning) for up to two hours. In fact the second breakdown happened on the day of my arrival!