Sunday, April 30, 2006

Kicking off your dancing shoe...

I was looking out of my 12th storey window and saw something hang on this palm tree - my first impression was clothing, shoe or something fallen from the laundry many storey up.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

pulai flowers and leaf

The pulai tree downstair flowered. First the canopy's top gone 'pink' and the terminal clusters appeared. I thought it might developed into some thing big but never expect it start sheding tiny flowers a few days ago. I recalled the faint fragrance lingered in the still wet nights.

X10 close-up of tiny green flowers - corolla-tubed with fine hairs outside,
5 petals
dia. 6 to 7 mm
picked up from directly under the tree.
Nikon Cool-light SL-1 white LEDs illuminator

Vein ~ 2 1/2 to 3 mm, typical leaf length 13 -16 cm

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday

Sky looked gloomy. I took a walk in the nearby park. Fallen petals from a yellow flame ( Peltophorun pterocarpum) carpeted the pavement. Walking further down I saw ripe figs still can be found on one of trees and my presence had startled the noisy birds feasting on the fruits.Red-eye Philippine Glossy Starling nibbling on the ripe(red) fig.

Directly underneath the branches, pavements were littered with squashed figs with spilled-out tiny seeds. Overnight rain and the cool shady morning sent mushrooms surfacing in the nearby. I decided to take a closer look. Its the tiny detail of one that caught my eye.

The smaller mushroom pushes its way up
while a visible annulus fragment attached to the rim of the larger mushroom
at 4 o'clock position

A closer look above

Trio Mushroom - Even the tiny fly mimic the chocolate-brown of the mushrooms.
Meanwhile a distance away, a puffball(?) fungus (above) emerged on an old tree stump. Nearby I saw this 'hairy' fig deposited by bird. The wasps were long gone but the 'carriers' left the fungus pores inside the figs.

Fungi sending out thread-like growth from a discarded ficus benjamina fig fruit.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Cat's Whisker

This morning I opened the front gate and saw this perfect bloom from our cat's whisker plant. An idea came to me and minutes later I was scouring the void deck looking for cats. Three candidates were found : one was extremely friendly but wont want to face my camera, the other was too frail and sick. So I settled on one well-fed Tom cat. Took a while to gain his confidence and took the shot 3 ' away. Notice his slightly flattened ears - he was just too tensed up. When I attempted to move a bit closer....he took off.Cat's Whisker - Orthosiphon stamineus - compare with the real whisker below.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

See what I picked up ..valves from Honduras Mahogany

Ancient pair of strapless lady's sandals
Have a guess .
Did you get it?... Answer - see below

Outer valve of Honduras Mahogany fruit, Swietenia Macrophylla
I saw the much thinner inner valves (1-2mm) on the overhead bridge. At first I thought it must be the outer peels of some unfamilar fruits. I finally decided to pick it up and have a closer look. Not far away I also found the much thicker (5-7mm) outer valves. I have a foto of the whole fruit some years ago. ( B/w sketch courtesy of J.Lolan)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

A familiar 'fern'

I was walking across this open field near Causeway Point - apart from the normal carpet grasses, touch-me-nots and some isolated pockets of unknown weed, I found patches of nodding clubmoss striving in the yellow soil. Note the modified scary leaves.
Nodding clubmoss
Lycopodium cernuum

Witches' Broom

Above : A branch of Syzygium sp showing the growth of Witches' Broom
Below : The Witches ' Broom can growth so large that it altered the general look of the plant.