My sisters and niece suddenly wished to climb our backyard mountain, Mt Gulugod Baboy, Mabini, Batangas. Imagine, one of my sisters hasn't been there! So that night we arranged for a tricycle which now can bring people near the peak. A couple of years ago, it was still a longer hike of about 30-40 minutes from the end of the road. It is now friendly to us who are not as agile as we used to be. It now takes only about 10 min hike to the top, following a different path than we used to. (I will have a separate post about this climb). On the way home from the mountain, it was already an easy downward walk, tricycles not needed anymore.
It is usually foggy in the early mornings during these colder months, today the fog disappeared at 10:00 am, when we set to leave. Cows are tethered in these areas, as grasses are plenty this time.
Roadsides are teeming with these white daisy-like flowers with golden centers. Bees and butterflies are plenty too.
close-up of the daisy-like flowers, ID i still dont know
This white flowers are also plenty, becoming more like bushes
They are loved by butterflies and bees but not by animals
Neptis mindorana ilocana
a grove of blue porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Catopsilia pyranthe pyranthe
Those spikes are lovely when still green, but eventually they turn brown during the dry season, when fruits dehisce and conquer other land patches.
This celosia has very minute seeds, so easy to be carried elsewhere, no wonder they
find habitat at the foot of the mountain
This Impatiens balsamina is also a domesticated flower, but somewhat invasive with their small seeds. We don't have this in our garden, so my sisters gather some mature pods for home. We only have the single petaled violet and white at home. Next year this pink will also be seen with them.