Saturday, July 18, 2009

Showers Of Bloom

Looking at the sky as I alighted from bus Service 7, it seemed not an inviting day for an outing.

I decided for some alone time doing two of my many favourite things... being close to nature and amateur photography.

The ideal place for such an activity was definitely the Singapore Botanic Gardens at Napier Road, I thought. This is the second post of that outing. The first I posted was called "Kaleidoscope in Cactus" during the park's celebration of 150 years back in April 2009.

The weather was not as cooperative as I had hoped. It was cloudy and dark clouds were approaching from afar. Not much light for good photography I figured and as predicted, it rained heavily in the late afternoon.

Nonetheless, the water drops on the subjects added drama to the photos.

I took hundreds of photos that day but showed only the few in that one and only post. The rest are still stored in my iMac waiting for me to do something about it.

I have not forgotten about the photos, but have just not enough time to sort through them and choose the ones for my posts. The last time was cactus, so this time is about flowers. Macro shots of them, my favourite style in photography.

Nowadays, the digital camera can do wonders to make the photos look stunning. My Canon EOS 450D dSLR did most of the technical job while I provided the hands and legs, while my eyes kept a lookout for the colorful beauties that were bursting out in all its glory from the greenery.

I can remember my quiet time there, exploring the park, witnessing the beauty and tranquility nature has to offer.

Next to cactus, flowers are the most easiest to photograph. Other than that occasional gust of wind swaying my subjects back and forth, with a little patience the photo can turn out quite nice.

I cannot say the same for the fauna yet though. The many fast-moving and elusive animals at the park were just to quick for me to steal a picture from. The ones that I did get were blurry and uninspiring... the good ones are too few and far in between.

Moving subjects are hard to target and missed moments are just too many. I am so far away from being skilled to take pictures of animals or insects in the wild. So the paid entry to the zoo for photos of the animals there was my restitution.

There are so many flowers to choose from. These are some of them, but only wish I had taken down the names of these beauties...


  1. Beautiful shots of beautiful flowers. I always thought flowers are difficult to shoot in the open as the breeze causes motion blur. Yet your photographic skill was able to overcome it. Keep sharing your professionally taken pictures.

  2. These are beautiful. I too wish you had the names as there are unfamiliar flowers there...I have no clue of their names.
    It's amazing to think of all the many species there are around the world.
    Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.

  3. What a beautiful for me to go to sleep ... after looking at these flowers. One favorite is your last post of the 3 white "pinwheel" type flowers. Reminds me of my SisSTAR nickname ;o)
    I love taking close-ups of flowers and nature also, and have never done so with a digital, just a 35mm so far. Should try my macro lens more, usually use the zoom. I bet some of those flowers smelled wonderful, too!
    How many hours ahead of us are you there? When I post the time says about 12 hrs difference but my time could be off. Right now it truly is 12:48 am 12/20. Goodnight now. Gotta face Monday when I wake up...

  4. These are simply beautiful!


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