Monday, February 17, 2014

Uncommon Shots

Garden Shows in our big city are held three times per year: once by the Philippine Horticultural Society and twice by the Philippine Orchid Society. I usually go to these events to photograph the landscape exhibits, the unusual plants and flowers, or whatever something catch my attention. One show just finished in early February. This time i even attended two lectures, that i seldom do in previous years. It just happened that the lecturers are my friends since college, so i have to show up, at least for moral support. I even had snacks with them coupled with endless chats.

However, i wonder if my interest in photography already waned because i don't feel like shooting now. The landscape exhibits are done by big private companies, and the exhibit area are now wider, but still I seem to be too lazy. I just caught a few of them. What occupied my time was looking for hoyas in the commercial booths, and i ended up with four plants for home.

 I ended up taking a selfie shot!

 a very curly bird's nest fern

Dutchman's pipe or Aristolochia sp. It is a vine and the flower got it as the common name. Does anybody know if the Dutch has this design for their pipes? I just know this is a hostplant of a very beautiful birdwing butterfly. My nephew saw one butterfly once in the wilder part of our property, so this Aristolochia might be in some corner of the lot. If i have time i will look for this vine, help it grow fuller so the butterfly will have more food. Do you agree that it is unusual? It doesn't look like a flower at all, maybe just a Dutchman's pipe!


18 comments:

  1. Te birdnest's fern looks very unusual! And alsothe Dutchman's pipe. Had heard of it, but never seen - I love the colors it has:) Thank you for commenting on my blog earlier:)

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  2. So unique...so beautiful.
    Love the curly front of the bird nest fern.
    The dutchman's pipe is one I've only heard of but never seen...thanks.

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  3. Fascinating and beautiful plants! Gorgeous!

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  4. Awesome macros of the fern and pipe!

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  5. Love the macro detail and LOVE seeing your photos without snow.. I know you have extremes too Andrea.. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes this week....Michelle

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  6. These are great!! I always look for unusual and different plants and leaves when I'm out.

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  7. I still enjoy your photography. I love that shadow selfie - the palm tree is exotic to me.

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  8. Very nice--the photos and your post. I didn't realize the Dutchman's Pipe was a host plant for a butterfly--I will have to check it out. Nice selfie, too.

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  9. I love the close ups you take. they add a different dimension to plant photography.

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  10. The last image is my favorite. It is nice to be flexible when you start off on a journey and to be able to take another. Excellent job!
    JM Illinois
    U.S.A.

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  11. I love your image of the Birds Nest Fern.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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  12. i'm in the same boat with you. the desire to photograph seemed to have waned. i attended a party in a big warehouse and there's too many things to photograph and i hardly touched the camera; my husband was the one who took photos.

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  13. Sometimes it's good to put the camera down and just enjoy the scenery without viewing it from behind a lens. I think your birds nest macro is fabulous - I'd have fun photographing that one too.

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  14. Love that ruffled fern, so unusual !

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  15. Wow - gorgeous shots. Love the second one.

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