The first season of Discovering Mysteries was launched in the This is Hainan column on the New Hainan app, on May 11, focusing on the natural environment of Hainan, showing Hainan’s ecological resources, species diversity, ecological scientific research & protection, and the achievements of the construction of the National Ecological Civilization Experimental District. It takes you to explore the mysteries of the rainforest and discover more, from a macroscopic to a microscopic perspective.
On the upper tributaries of the Nandu River
after a 4-hour trek
we have arrived at the Yinggeling Nature Reserve wilderness.
Here, the vegetation is well-preserved
and there are plentiful water sources
making this one of the most bio-diverse areas in the entire Nature Reserve.
As night falls
a Red Banded Wolf Snake hides along the water’s edge
flicking its tongue in and out constantly
to sense the changes in the surrounding environment
waiting for an opportunity to hunt
frog calls come from everywhere
he doesn’t need to worry about finding dinner here.
On this expedition into the mysteries of the night
we came across a pleasant surprise
this large tree frog
is as big as the palm of an adult hand
it’s not commonly seen in the Nature Reserve.
A crab spider crawls along his back
irritating his eye
but the tree frog doesn’t mind
the crab spider tactfully busies himself spinning silk
In the depths of the night
the Weaver Ants are still busy
a newly molted grasshopper hide cautiously under the tree leaves
a tiger beetle comes out to hunt
and a spider busily weaves his web
nightlife is just getting started here in Monan Ravine.