The Great Artist
Now I wouldn't mind having a bad hairstyle like this ..... just love the baldness of the tree, creating great lines of art. I know it's just a tree, still, I love it. God is a great artist, if we only took time to look and appreciate his creation.
This is my first encounter seeing a ginger flower...one of the species. See the resemblance?
Alien Invasion and its leftovers
Anything can be used to tell a story. Here is a few leftovers of a bloom which I made it look like a face. Kind of fit in with the nice eye lashes hehehe....
Simpoh Air: Hidden Beauty
Simpoh Air also known as Dillenia Suffruticosa. I like the bloom though this is ...almost wilted it shows the inner beauty of a green liked ball shaped plant. Some regard this as a tropical weed.The large leaves of the Simpoh air were used to wrap food such as tempeh (fermented soyabean cakes), or formed into shallow cones to contain traditional "fast food" such as rojak.
Found the caterpillar and the pupa at the backyard. It was an opportunity which I couldn't resist was I was in the midst of organising a nature exploration for the children and one of the topics which I had in mind was the life cycle of the butterfly. I plan to organise a trip to the forest where the children are able to have a feel of nature and at the same time spot for the bugs/insects which they read in books.
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Kissing The Reflection
This shot was deliberately taken in such a way that the tip of the Lotus bud `kisses' the reflection of another bud.
This shot was taken near the water fall in FRIM one early morning. I looked back and saw the lovely sunlight from the sky falling on the leaves. It's a mystical feeling walking along the man-made trail to the water fall.
I have just discovered during one of my nature walk that one could play with pattern using just the subjects around us. In this particular excursion the leaves played an interesting role. Normally I wouldn't even take a second glance on the leaves but instead look for insects or even flowers to shoot. I took a few minutes to look at the plant. It had beautiful repeated leaves on it forming a rather unusual pattern. I moved the camera to several positions to allow myself to see different perspective from different angle. Try this out sometime and you will realise that you can do a lot of things with the subjects we normally take for granted. Never judge beauty by its first glance. You never know where you will discover the inner beauty of that subject. Likewise an ordinary looking face or thing, can be manipulated to look beautiful.
As I was walking down the jungle trail, I spotted a spider web among the plants. I took a closer look and found this fanciful looking spider crawling up to the leave. It's a small spider which would have been easily missed. Sometimes we need to open our eyes to the beauty of nature around us.
Soul & Spirit
The human spirit and soul.
This is as close as I manage to get to shoot the water droplets on this flower. I have yet found the opportunity to shoot one with a sparkle on the droplet which I think would be my aim. But to shoot another subject as a reflection on the droplet I think would require something more than a macro lens. For another shot of this flower, click on this thumbnail:
This is a close up shot of a leave with a shallow DOF. My empahsise is to instill a perception beyond what the eyes sees with a bit of an imaginative play.
The national flower of Malaysia is the hibiscus, or bunga raya. The flower is found in abundance throughout the country, and for this very reason, was chosen to be the national flower (in 1960) by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. There are many varieties of the hibiscus, but the five-petaled Hibiscus rosa sinensis was chosen above the others, as the most symbolically relevant. The five petals of the bunga raya symbolise the Rukunegara (the Five Principles of Nationhood), while the colour red represents courage. It is believed that the flower first arrived in Malaysia via trade from its original home in the Far East sometime before the 12th century.
Did you know?? : The national flower, bunga raya, is known for its medicinal properties. The roots of the plant are used as a cure for fever and other ailments, while the juice obtained from the leaves and roots is said to be effective in relieving skin eruptions and glandular troubles. Also, the petals were commonly used as cosmetics to darken and highlight women's eyebrows.