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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Canberra Monochromes

July to December 2017, Canberra, Australia

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These are monochrome conversions from the following posts:  Australian National Botanic Gardens, Architecture Workshop with Geoff Comfort and Mount Ainslie.

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Eucalypts in Fog.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Melaleuca Styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark).

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White rose with spider.

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Cobweb with dew.

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Isopogon.

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Anigozanthos manglesii (red and green kangaroo paw).

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Green butterfly on probably a Melaleuca.

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Water dragon.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Kookaburra.

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Topknot pigeon.

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Pied currawong.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Dragonfly wing.

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Australian National University (ANU) architecture.

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Circus Tent.

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ANU Architecture.

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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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Geelong Botanic Gardens

17 September 2017, Geelong, Victoria

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We had a free day in Geelong and we visited the Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens.  There was a very impressive exhibition at the Art Gallery of landscapes of Australian artist Fred Williams but no photographs were allowed in any case.

 

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Municipal pools by the sea on the way to the Botanic Gardens.

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Geelong Botanic Gardens, established in 1852 is the fourth oldest Botanic Gardens in Australia.

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Looking up at a giant redwood, planted in 1873.

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This is obviously the end of a fern but I didn’t photograph many labels, so I can’t tell you what most of these plants are.

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A view of the harbour on returning to our accommodation.

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Dodging a Deluge in Melbourne

14-15 September 2017, Melbourne, Victoria

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(There will also be a deluge of posts in the next ten days, then few or none for the following three weeks).

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The Australian Museum was near where we were staying in Melbourne so we went for a look.  What we didn’t anticipate was that it would be like a giant overloaded primary school (the attendees, not the exhibits).

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One thing that did intrigue me was these moving sculptures in an Aboriginal awareness section.  If I remember correctly they represented eagle spirits in the context of particular mythical traditions.

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Clearly a Japanese wall hanging but I didn’t record the details for this one.

The next day we headed first to the National Gallery of Victoria.  There was an exhibition Jools wanted to see so while she was doing that I did a quick tour of the gallery.  You can always click the images for a larger view though there’s no substitute for the real thing.

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Camille Pissaro, The banks of the Viosne at Osne in grey weather, 1882.

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Paul Signac, Gasometers at Clichy, 1886.

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Wolfgang Paalen, Possible Men, 1934.

 

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Remojadas, Veracruz, Gulf Coast Mexico:  Warrior priest impersonating Xiutecuhtli, Early Classic AD 300-500 earthenware, chapapote (bitumen).

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Mexica, Central Mexico:  Standing figure, Late post-Classic c.1300AD, stone (Aztec).

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Cyprus:  Amphora (Bichrome IV Ware); Iron Age, Cypro-Geometric III, Cypro-Archaic I, 900-600BC, fired clay.

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David Teniers II, The Skittle Players, mid 1640s (Dutch).

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Down in the entrance hall is the Water Wall.  You could stand here all day and photograph it and the interactions with people that it shows.

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Fern frond.

Next we headed for the Royal Botanic Gardens.  When we were most of the way, there was a downpour.  We sheltered under a tree for a while and then made a dash for the entrance building.

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Bamboo trunk with calligraphy perhaps from an unknown bamboo civilization.

The rain stopped so we ventured out into the Gardens.

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Tree fern.

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We could be in England….

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Then the deluge started.  We happened to be just near the tea house and scurried in before we got wet.  It was a good place to be.

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We didn’t have to sit out in the courtyard.

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… but were able to wait it out until it cleared and we walked back to our inner city accommodation without encountering more rain.

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