happy new year 2011

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

happy new year 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Wishing all a Happy New Year 2011 and may you have a bright year ahead.

coelogyne pandurata {the lute-shaped coelogyne}

December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

coelogyne pandurata {the lute-shaped coelogyne}

Coelogyne Pandurata (The Lute-shaped Coelogyne) photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

~Lightbox~ My wild orchids set.

This specie, coelogyne pandurata {the lute-shaped coelogyne}, inhabits the lowlands of Borneo, often forming massive clumps on tree trunks along river banks next to rainforest. It is also popular in cultivation because of its large green flowers which have an almost black, violin shaped labellum. It is among some species of orchids commonly called “black orchids”. The flower has a sweet fragrance to attract insect pollinators. Much sought after by hybridizers. {More information on Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia here.}

Wikipedia information on the genus Coelogyne:-

“Coelogyne Lindl. 1821, is a genus of over 200 sympodial epiphytes from the family Orchidaceae, distributed across India, China, Indonesia and the Fiji islands, with the main centers in Borneo, Sumatra and the Himalayas. They can be found from tropical lowland forests to montane rainforests. A few species grow as terrestrials or even as lithophytes in open, humid habitats.”

“The scientific name is derived from the Greek words koilos (hollow) and gyne (woman), referring to the concave stigma. This genus lacks the saccate base of the labellum, a typical characteristic which is present in the other genera in the subtribe Coelogyninae.”

Another photo of the coelogyne pandurata.

Coelogyne pandurata {black orchid}

Deare’s Bulbophyllum

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Deare's Bulbophyllum

Bulbophyllum dearei {Deare's bulbophyllum} photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

~Lightbox~ Wild orchid set.

Deare’s bulbophyllum is found in Borneo, Penninsular Malaysia and the Philippines. It grows at elevations of 700 to 1,200 meters above sea level. Each inflorescence bears one flower of about 7.5 cm (3 inches) across. The flower is long lasting, heavily textured and is slightly fragrant. More information is available on Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia here..

neurothemis fluctuans {grasshawk dragonfly}

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

neurothemis fluctuans {grasshawk dragonfly}

Neurothemis fluctuans {Grasshawk dragonfly} in my garden. The females are yellow, males are red.

Lightbox / Dragonfly set.

 

if you see mr. eastwood, please send my regards.

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

if you see mr. eastwood, please send my regards.

Borneon orangutan (pongo pymaeus) at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. At last, she smiled at me.

~Lightbox~

The orangutans do observe the visitors. I wonder if they can actually recognise faces. Sometimes, I can’t help feeling that they know I am photographing them. They make faces at me.

Here, she looks as if she is not impressed with my camera.
mr photographer.. you need a bigger lens.

The closest that one can get to the orangutan at the park is about 20 feet. They live on a man-made island. The trench surrounding the island is shallow. I don’t think they swim, but I have seen them taking a quick dip.

Orangutan taking a dip in the water surrounding their ‘island’ home.
He's here again!.. and looking just like me.

Orangutan taking a drink of water on the edge of their ‘island’.
orangutan at lok kawi wildlife park.

It’s you that matters

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

It's you that matters

The title of a catchy song by Malaysia's Reshmonu. He's a singer-songwriter who does mostly English songs.

Listen to song

 

Doing nothing is very hard to do.. you never know when you’re finished. {Leslie Nielson, Feb 11, 1926 ~ Nov 28, 2010}

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Doing nothing is very hard to do.. you never know when you're finished. {Leslie Nielson, Feb 11, 1926 ~ Nov 28, 2010}

Borneon orangutan (pongo pymaeus) thinking. All he needs now, is for an apple to drop on his head. (Lok Kawi Wildlife park).

~Lightbox~ Orangutan set.

 

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