Red flows throughout my veins, and its intensity shows on me! I am purely intense, will you still ask for more?
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
This is the Bay that i always see on the first leg of my series of rides to the big city where i work and live. My home in the province is in the uplands, but the jeepneys taking us to the bus terminals are parked near this beach. At the other side of the bay is the international port, and that red thing we see is a very big cargo ship. I literally traverse the left side of the bay to the bus terminal beyond that red cargo ship, and my travel takes a bit more than one hour. Bus ride to the big city is another 2.5 hours.
Brownish color of the water is due to the iron-rich soil brought by water down to the sea during heavy rains. This however eventually settles when the water gets smooth.
To the right from where i stand are debris brought by floods from the uplands. You can still see the reddish-brown stones rich in iron. The small cliff beyond the debris file is actually called "Pulang Bato", translated as Red Rock. That big mountain at the back is actually a big island, also inhabited, and reached by motor boats in 30 minutes. Wonder of wonders, i have not been to this island. If this happens in another farther away land, i wouldn't stay still until i can reach it.
There is now a perennial yacht parked in that part of the bay. It has already been there for almost a year now. It is owned by someone in Manila and used only to cater visiting friends. In contrast, there is a parked old boat at the beach, owned by a local resident.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I will be presenting a different style now for GBBD. As i have been posting mostly single close-up flowers, it is now the chance of the whole plants to be seen, be it like a wilderness, a soon-to-be forest, a chaotic grassy corner or an overgrown bush. I am too engrossed lately with my hoya garden chores because 2 weekends per month are not enough to do everything in my hoya garden. They include propagation, disentanglement of embracing shoots/stems, media addition/improvement, watering, pruning, and a lot more. But most of all, it is photographing and looking at them which takes most of the time.
So the plants and blooms that follow might not be the nicest looking ones in my garden, but i will still share them with you, direct from their natural location.
Can you guess what flower is this? We are at the height of our rainy season, the height of prolific growths of our vines. This native gourd, Luffa sp., is conquering every plant its tendrils can cling too. It has already enveloped a small guyabano tree, a duranta hedge and already trying to reach half of the lanzones tree. Someone will say it is a bit invasive, but we allow it because it can only do that during the rainy months. After fruiting, it will immediately wilt and die. Mother loves them as vegetables, so we let them be. Mother is 84.5 years old!
This anthurium produced those dark pinks during rainy months, but they are very pale pink during the dry season. It almost died last April but recovered well. We don't repot it at all, just allow it through the years in its small pot.
This is an alien species, a foreigner, trying painstakingly to acclimatize in our dry environment. But in 3 years it is still alive and giving me so much delight for photography. I put it in shaded areas during the dry months, or at daytime and transfer them again outside at night for the cold and humidity. This rainy months my two gaillardia plants (Gaillardia pulchella) bask in the sun and enjoy the rains, and i bask in their beauty in return.
So those are some plant nooks in our area and some blooms we have for this October. Next month i will be posting the conventional close-up shots again. Enjoy GBBD.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Dogs were absent with us for about 4 years. That is after a not so pleasant experience with our last dog, who died before its time because of inhuman acts of supposed-to-be human beings. So now my sister received two puppies again, and they are so active and loving. My sister has a small house a few meters from us, but she regularly bring these puppies to our own house.
They just can't contain themselves whenever they see us. A symptom that regularly happens with them when i touch their heads and while they are thumping ang moving so happily, is that they pee a little bit at a time. My sister said they don't behave like that with her. That is what i call they can't contain themselves when they see me. Maybe that is only because they don't see more often.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
My gaillardia plant also known as firewheel, Indian blanket, Indian blanketflower, or sundance (Gaillardia pulchella) is from the generosity of a blogger friend from Illinois, who gave me some seeds and plants through the mail. This has been with us here in the tropics for 3 years. I was afraid at first that it might not survive our very long and hot dry season, but careful attention propelled it through another rainy season. Additional extra care also made it acclimatize and survive for 3 years, not neglecting to give me a few flowers for the last two years during the rainy months.
It wilts so much during the day, but recover after watering at sundown. It really is a hardy plant. However, the growth is much slower producing only a few stems compared to its ancestors in the US, where probably it is much happier.
a young bud slightly showing the petal color
even just the sepals are lovely enough
Nothing gives me so much delight in photographing a flower, than this gaillardia. It is very photogenic in all stages of growth, and at whatever angle of its profile. It will win easily any photographer's heart. The sunflower is a very much photographed flower, but for me gaillardia is more beautiful.
the very vivid petal colors attract every discerning eye
look at those lacelike peticoat as its petals
even at the later stages when some petals are already gone, it is still lovely
and look at that seed head, isn't it so wonderful
At the base of those structures are the developing seeds, however probably its pollinators are not yet here in our area, other insects have not been detecting it yet. No seeds developed yet from my two plants.
Morning humidity gave some sparkles on those hairlike appendages.
I haven't shown here the whole plant or the leaves, but they are beautiful too. Trust me, every angle, every stage of maturity, and every plant part is lovely for photos.