6am "Southern Cross" or Crux rising in the South ( Az 173, Alt 27)The cross as depicted in Australia, New Zealand and other Southern Pacific National Flag.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I don't mean those preserved or dried figs you find in Supermarket. This morning for some reasons I decided to stop and looking at the potted plants for sales outside the Cheers in Vista Point. One particular plant caught my attention. The unusual 'pipa- shaped' triangular leave and the fruits on stalks. It reminded me of a 'rare' fig shrub mentioned in "Figs of Singapore". I returned the next day to take this pic using my Cp995. Image of the figs was included in the lower left corner showing the pinkish-red ostiole. If you look closely at the leaf you will find a dark 'spot' at the forked midrid AND two closely spaced dark dots near pointed end of the leaf. ( similar midrid spot is found on the leaf's underneath). So for the price of a fastfood meal you can bring home a living potted fig.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
On my way to work this morning I saw tiny petals scattering on the pavement. Instinctly I looked up - it was a WHITE mempat tree flowering this time. The tiny white flowers already attracted a handful of 'early-riser' bees that were buzzing around. A faint fragrance greeted my nose from the '1-day-only' blooms above. When I returned from work, a slight drizzle made the flora littering even more noticeable. I picked up my CP995 and headed back to capture this moment..one arm holding the umbrella and the other firing away.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
" Who Squeezed My Flower! " ( as oppose to Who Moved My Cheeze)
I have been watching the nightly( rather than daily) the growth and progression of this strange looking flower-'bud' ( Costus erythrocoryne). No idea where my wife got it from. Over the weeks, tiny pale yellow 'tiger-tooth' grew and withered away leaving behind an alternative pattern of black triangles on the spear-head pinkish 'bud'. Just Monday I discovered someone obviously took a liking to this thingie and decided to give it a squeeze at the lower stem leaving behind an irreversible damage to it...
Hey I am as much eager as whoever you are to find out the utimate outcome of the flower - please dont do it again.....OK?!
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Planets grouping in the evening Western sky- Thick clouds rolling in fast as seen from my kitchen window. I quickly set up the coolpix 995, centre on Venus - zoomed in and found the dimmer Mercury. I managed to get Venus and the dimmer Mercury framed by a big 'gap' in the cloud. Saturn was not seen in these two frames... Perhaps tomorrow evening...
I walked past the few 'pink' mempat ( Cratoxylum formosum) trees .. then something struck me... hey! I saw branches with dark brown upward pointing capsules. I have been waiting for months ever since they shedded all leaves, replaced with red young leaves and pinkish tiny clusters of flowers in April. I reached out and brought home the capsules. I reread " A guide to the Wayside Trees " - Yes, the descriptions of the seed pods and the tiny wing seed matches.... OK - this is pink mempat - confirmed. .... Took a few close up foto for documentation purposes. ( The image is taken on Nov 26 2005 morning )