Cloud Forest and Asian Civilisations Museum

19 January 2018, Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay and Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

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From the Flower Dome it is a very short walk to the Cloud Forest.

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Some of the flowers are similar but the arrangement is very different.

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The “cloud” part comes from a cloud of spray released every couple of hours but we were not there at the right time top see this.

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There is a similar dome which here window cleaners are cleaning from the outside.

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The arrangement is much more vertical with great cascading walls of greenery.

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People down below were performing ritual activities with small rectangular objects.

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Perhaps a form of Tai Chi….

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More of the “green wall”.

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Overall, I found it more artificial and less satisfying than the Flower Dome.

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Perhaps my opinion would have been different had the spray been operating.

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… And we look up to those above us….

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We then left for a brief stop at the hotel where I dropped off most of my camera equipment, then headed for the Asian Civilisations Museum.

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I had decided it was not going to rain and didn’t take my umbrella.  I was wrong.  We are walking over a bridge and rain is fast approaching.  We just made it inside the museum before a deluge hit.

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One of the main displays was of the contents of the wreck of a ninth-century ship, here shown as a scale model.  The bowls are some of the sixty thousand retrieved from the wreck.  The ship originated from the Abbasid Empire in the Persian Gulf.  It had sailed via India to China and was returning when it was wrecked in the Java Sea.  It was built entirely without nails.  Wooden planks were sewn together with coconut rope and caulked with wadding.

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Here are some of the Chinese jars from the wreck.  On the left is a fully restored one showing its ash glaze technique; the unrestored jars on the right show how much effort must have gone into restoration.

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This painting particularly caught my attention and shows lots of interesting detail if you click on it for a larger view.  Painted by a Chinese artist, probably for a foreign trader, it shows a square in Guangzhou (Canton), China and some of the people depicted can be identified.  It is 1807 and is at the time of a trial of sailors from the ship Neptune who killed a Chinese man in drunken brawling.  After several days of adjudication, one seaman incurred a small fine.

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This is Singapore harbour in around 1850 by an unknown Chinese artist.  Three European ships dominate the foreground and some of you may notice some difference from the aerial shots of Singapore a couple of posts ago.

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This looks like a giant floating marble boulder but is a sculpture by Eng Tow (2015), based on a grain of rice.

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16th century bronze Buddha from Lan Na, in Northern Thailand, stylistically influenced from Sri Lanka.

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A Bodhisattva from 4th century Ghandhara (between Pakistan and Afghanistan).  It shows the influence of the West (ancient Greece and Rome) on Buddhist art.

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Chinese far from Jingdezhen, around 1700.  The man on the crow’s nest of the ship could be General Xue Rengui, who invaded the Laiodong Peninsula for Tang Emperor Taizong.  The Laiodong Peninsula is just north-west of North Korea and is where in the nineteenth century Port Arthur was located.  The war was against Goguryeo in 644AD.  Goguryeo was a Korean kingdom incorporating what is now North Korea, the northern half of South Korea and the southern and central parts of Manchuria.

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Chrysanthemum dish from Jingdezhen in China, 1723-1735 (during the reign of Yangzhen, the third Qing or Manchu emperor).  Based on the naturalistic style of Yun Shouping (1633-1690), this is an example of what became the characteristic style of the Yangzhen period.

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Flower Dome

19 January 2018, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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We jumped onto the MRT (Singapore Underground) and headed for the Gardens by the Bay.  Here we are looking back to a massive hotel complex and the city behind it.

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Our taxi driver from the airport suggested going up to the top and visiting a café.  We went to go there on the way back but opted out when we found it was $20 each just to go up in the lift and in any case the visibility was not so good by then.  Out of curiosity I checked out how much it costs to stay there.  Room prices start at $680 per night and you can always reserve a suite for $5,900 per night.  Then you can have a bottle of champagne delivered to your room for as little as $125 and trips in the lift are free.  Perhaps if they had paid us the price of a suite to stay there we might have been interested.

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Singapore’s tropical climate does produce some interesting trees though.

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Fortunately we didn’t encounter any mosquitos but you have to watch out for the dragonflies.

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More species of Singapore’s interesting trees.

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Agave Titanota (Rancho Tambor Century Plant, Mexico).

And now we’ve reached the Flower Dome.  No flowers in this shot but you’ll see some soon.  Inside the massive dome the temperature is kept at 23ºC to 25ºC and the humidity from 60% to 80% – which makes it a good place to go on a hot sticky Singapore day.

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Desert Rose (Adenium genus, frangipani family (Apocynaceae). Africa, Middle East and Socotra. Bulbous trunks to store water. Many species have poisonous sap used by native people to poison hunting arrows and fish..

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Hanging umbrellas.

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A small pagoda-style gazebo with workers pruning the plants.

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Euphorbia x lomi (crown of thorns).

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Many of the flowers had no labels though.

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Blue children in front of a blue flower bed.

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National Orchid Garden

18 January 2018, National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore

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We arrived in Singapore in the afternoon and headed for the National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens.  The Orchid Garden is open until 7pm daily though the Botanic Gardens stay open until midnight.

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Singapore has an efficient underground system called the MRT but there is currently no station near the Orchid Garden end of the Botanic Gardens so we caught taxis.

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I’m not sure whether the orchids had name tags but if so I didn’t photograph those to record the names.

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Earlier, the taxi driver from the airport to the hotel told us that the ownership of cars in Singapore was tightly controlled and that it costs $S15,000 to own one ($A15,000 or $US11,500).

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Unlike most of the other countries in Asia, Singapore is definitely a developed country and lists on Wikipedia as 11th in the world for national income per capita.  When that list is calculated at purxhasing power parity, it rises to second, behind Macao.

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Singapore has a tropical climate with lots of rain.  Orchids like these would not grow outside so readily in Canberra.

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Though we were heading for dry Ladakh, we packed umbrellas specifically for Singapore.  And we needed them.  A section of the gardens during a brief downpour.

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Mount Ainslie

June 2017 to January 2018, Canberra, ACT

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Although we live in an inner city suburb of Canberra, we are lucky enough to have Mount Ainslie and 10,000 acres of bushland over our back fence.  Consequently, we take a walk up there every morning and sometimes I bring a camera.

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In the winter it can be quite foggy

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… which provides an element of mystery for the morning walks.

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Sometimes there are countless spiderwebs gleaming in the morning light,

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And at any time of the year, there can be interesting patterns on the bark of the eucalypts.

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Not sure what kind of tree this is, but the lichens on their trunks open after rain.

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A few of these images are on our section.  This is the trunk of a small brachychiton rupestris in the back yard.

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Small cactus on the front verandah.

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White rose in the back garden, complete with tiny spider at top right.

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Eastern spinebill just outside my study, through a dirty window.

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Back to the reserve again.  Kookaburra.

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Topknot pigeon on the power line.

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Pied currawong.

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Sulphur-crested cockatoo.

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Grey butcher bird (juvenile).

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Galah.

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Noisy miners.

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Chough’s nest.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Echidna, visiting our back yard.

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Blue tongued lizard in back yard path.

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Dragonfly wing, found on the front step.

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Australian National Botanic Gardens

30 October 2017, Canberra, ACT

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These images were taken during a Canberra Photographic Society event at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.   You were supposed to use a single focal length – that’s OK, I was using a prime anyway – and when I got there I found there were five themes you were supposed to follow.  I wasn’t much interested in the themes though so I only gave cursory attention to them.  What I was more interested in was attaining maximum image quality using focus stacking where necessary.  In other words, this is where you take multiple images of the same subject at different points of focus and combine them later in processing.  nine of these images are focus-stacked.

Click for larger images.

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Grevillea shuttleworthiana subsp. canarina.

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Anigozanthos manglesii (red and green kangaroo paw).

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Telopea Speciocissima (New South Wales Waratah).

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Wattlebird in Grevillea,

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Grevillea.

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Rock Garden Waterfall,

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Gymea Lilies.

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Water Dragon.

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Melaleuca Styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark).

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Green butterfly on probably a Melaleuca.

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Ducklings.

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Isopogom.

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Callistemon.

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Water dragons.

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Banksia.

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Cyathea Australis.

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Australian Hibiscus, I think..

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Mauritius Monochromes

5th to 9th October 2015. Mauritius.

The images that follow are monochrome conversions of colour images that appeared in the four previous posts covering my recent visit to Mauritius.  The images are in chronological order.  Click on a link below an image for the post containing the colour version of that image and other contextual and historical information.  If there is no link with the image, look for the last link in the preceding images.  Similarly, if there is no label the previous one applies.

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Mahebourg.

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Vieux Grand Port.

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East Coast.

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The point of no return.

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South coast, near Souillac.

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La Roche qui Pluere.

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Mahebourg.

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Sugar mill, Bras d’eau National Park.

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Far north of the island.

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Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel.

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

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Mahebourg.

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Mahebourg Harbour.

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Pink pigeon, Ile aux Aigrettes.

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Dodo (frozen in time).

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Black-spined flying fox.

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Near Ile aux Aigrettes.

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Grand Bassin.

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Black River Gorges National Park.

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Chamarel Waterfall.

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Seven Coloured Earths.

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Architecture, Black and White, Fishing boat, Flowers, History, Isle aux Aigrettes, Landscape, Mahebourg, Mauritius, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wildlife

Aldabra giant tortoise.

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New Orleans Botanical Garden

New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014.

After spending some time in the afternoon visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, we visited the nearby Botanic Gardens.  This is well worth visiting though unfortunately there was only half an hour to closing time.  It was also raining some of the time which may have hampered my photography, though I don’t remember whether it actually did.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Yakumo Hinoh Teien Japanese Garden.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Detail in the Historic New Orleans Train Garden.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

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Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

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