Monthly Archives: July 2008

The orangutans

I had not been to the Zoo Negara for a long time. I decided to visit this time as I wanted to photograph some of the animals and birds there. I reached there in the morning at 9am. There was a colorful trailer to take visitors around the Zoo but I decided not to hop on it. Walking around leisurely is the best opportunity to get the best shots.

Zoo Negara is run by a non-governmental organization. They need public donations and funds to maintain their daily expenditures since the day it opened. Zoo Negara is now 45 years old and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. It has a total of over 5137 animals from 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

I decided to snap some photos of the orangutans. They are originally from Borneo Sarawak and Sabah.The word orangutan means man of the forest” in the Malay language.

Feeding time starts at 10am and I didn’t want to miss it. I walked straight to the orangutans area and I waited for almost one hour but there was no zookeepers to be seen.

Three orangutans were sitting on a wooden platform that was built on a tree for them to sit on. Ropes were tied around tree to tree but they were lazy to swing with their arms.

I started to take pictures of these three orangutans. Two of them seemed to enjoy the attention as they posed for the camera. The other one is too lazy perhaps she is hungry for food.

I noticed that one of them is old and have a large, bulky body, a thick neck, very long, strong arms, short, bowed legs, and no tail. The orangutans are mostly covered with long reddish-brown hair.

Pictures taken on a rented Canon 1D Mark lll mounted with a Canon 70-200mm F2.8

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Growing hibiscus flower

HOW TO GROW

The hibiscus plant can be grown easily, and is found almost anywhere in this country, in public parks, private compounds, pathways or roadsides.

It is also a common home plant. It is grown by cutting and which is simply planted the stem into the soil. It grows quite well in this tropical climate. The year-round rainfall here is good enough to keep it healthy.

It does not require much or fertilizers or care as it is not prone to diseases. However if fertilized it blooms more abundantly and the plant is much healthier with much bigger and greener leaves.

As I strolled in my neighbourhood, I came across this double-flowered hibiscus plant by the road side amongst a row of hibiscus plants. The smaller flower grows above the bigger flower and they share one stigma. Its color and appearance is common except for its double bloom. I wonder if it is a cross-breed or just another specie. It looks different from the Bunga Raya which is planted in our garden.

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The history of Tropical Hibiscus Flower.

The tropical hibiscus originating in Asia and the Pacific islands, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It is closely associated with Hawaii, however the state flower for Hawaii is a native species of hibiscus, H. brackenridgei. It is a yellow hibiscus in color.

Real interest in Hawaii developed around the turn of the century. Some plants probably came from China and were crossed with native Hawaiian species. Interest spread to the U.S. mainland and Florida became a center for this interest — the Norman Reasoner family being early pioneers.

Gaye Johnson posted some beautiful pictures of hibiscus flowers taken from Edison Home. For those interest on hibiscus flowers can compare the different species of Hibiscus flowers taken from Hibiscus Garden Kuala Lumpur to those in Florida.

Another strong area of organized interest in hibiscus is Australia. It is thought that they were introduced there in the early 1800s, but real interest was sparked later when 30 plants were imported from India for use in the landscaping of Brisbane by its city council. The northern parts of New Zealand also became involved in hibiscus culture.

If in areas with frost, keep your favorite grafted hybrids in pots and bring inside. There are many gardeners who grow all their hibiscus in pots. These people may live in Texas or even Minnesota and Ontario and they find ways to successfully grow and enjoy the tropical hibiscus 12 months a year.

Many of the non-grafted “garden varieties” will come back from the roots if a frost kills the upper plant, but these ARE tropical plants.

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This is another colorful hibiscus flower and it is yellow in color. It is different from the Bunga Raya, the national flower of Malaysia. The flower grows upright perhaps it may be a cross breeding species.

Related article: The different species hibiscus flowers

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Sitting in front of my computer and going through all the beautiful hibiscus flowers, I really don’t know what to write. I don’t know the type of species the hibiscus flower belong to.

This crimson red hibiscus flower with overlaying petals is a beauty of its own. The petals are overlapping so closely you can’t count how many there are. I also notice that it does not have a stamen like the other hibiscus flowers.

Keep viewing of pictures on different species of hibiscus flowers on this following days and I will post more and hope you all like it.

The different species of hibiscus flowers.

I walked into the office of hibiscus garden which is next to the Orchid Garden located at the Lake Garden. Many pictures of hibiscus flowers and landscape of the garden were displayed.

A clerk was there and she explained to me that about 200 species of hibiscus are known to exist, and each species has its own uniqueness. However, all hibiscus flowers share certain features.

I walked around the garden to look for colorful hibiscus flowers and to take photograph. I noticed that there are quite a number of hibiscus flowers of various varieties and of different sizes, shapes and colors.

The hibiscus plants also vary in height, some are tall and some short shrubs. Some grown on the ground while some grown in pots. They are planted with well-planned landscaping to beautify the garden.

I enjoyed the leisure walk along the endless rows and paths of these beautiful blooms. There were some foreign visitors here too, sitting on the bench reading on this fine morning in the serenity of the lush greenery of this garden with the chirping of birds, buzzing busy bees and fluttering butterflies

The color combinations are fabulous. Some have single petals, others double or crested, and some do not open fully. Sizes vary from tiny to 5-6 inches.

I don’t know the names of these beautiful hibiscus flower perhaps we can identify them by colors like red, orange, yellow, white, lavender, and brown as these are the basic colors.

These are some of the hibiscus flowers that I photographed. The pink hibiscus flower is not looking ideal as the only one that I can find. Their sizes are medium about 3-4 inches and I will post more in the next posting.

Photo Series: How To Take Perfect Flower Pictures

I find this video footage by Amy Renfroy Flower photography tutorial about how to take better flower pictures is useful. Have a look if you want to go serious on taking perfect flower pictures.

Related articles on taking perfect flower pictures.

#.Taking better flower pictures

May 31, 2008 :

Perhaps, I should take the picture in the morning, not in the hot afternoon. I ask my photographer friends, and some suggested that I should use manual focusing rather set on the auto focusing mode. I should always use macro lens to shoot pictures of flowers.

I also realised the flower shot was not sharp enough and I should have used a tripod. Keep reading Taking better flower pictures

#.Taking perfect flower pictures

June 7, 2008

The morning has a vast difference from the afternoon as I noticed that there are dews on the flowers and this makes the flowers better and fresh looking .But the morning also attracts many tiny insects to the flowers. The bees and butterflies were fluttering around the flowers for the nectar.

Unlike Canon 70-200mm zoom lens, the use of Canon 100mm Macro lens at a closer distance makes it easy for me to spot the insects and thus less mistakes. Bo’s advices made me more careful and I avoid it in the shoot. The result this time is better with less mistakes of insects being seen in the pictures. Keep reading Taking perfect flower pictures

#.The Perfect Flower pictures

June 14, 2008

Flower photography is a great photographic pleasure. Flowers can’t look any better than in color. In my opinion not all flowers are the same, some look like they are easy to be photographed but it may difficult to get all the details.

Choosing the right lens is extremely important. There is the question of Canon 70-200mm zoom vs 100mm macro lens – which lens is better or to buy if you have a limited budget? Keep reading The perfect flower pictures