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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Arundina graminifolia {the bamboo orchid}

Arundina graminifolia {bamboo orchid}
Subfamily: Epidendroideae Tribe: Arethuseae Subtribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Arundina Species: A. graminifolia Common name: Bamboo orchid.

Photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36 km from Kota Kinabalu. They line the surrounds of the parking area there, and along the walkways and hedges in the park.
{Some information is available on Wikipedia} The bamboo orchid is a species of orchid and the sole of the genus Arundina. This tropical Asiatic genus extends from India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South China to Indonesia and across the Pacific Islands. It has been introduced in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama. This is a terrestrial multi perennial orchid with reedy stems, forming into large clumps growing to a height between 70 cm and 2 m. The flowers are 5 to 8 cm, lilac / white with a purple lip. They bloom in summer and autumn. They are almost extinct in Singapore, but in Borneo, they grow abundantly in the rainforest.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

fishing boat returns {bw}

fishing boat returns {bw}

This commercial fishing boat is ready to berth at the wharf. Not a big boat, and I like the chugging sounds of the engine. Many of them have been retired from service and turned into charter boats for sports or overnight fishing. Current rates are lucrative and they are easily operated by two crew. Many years ago, I went on a boat like this one for a 24-hour fishing trip. Being on the open sea and fishing at midnight was memorable.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

la mer

la mer

"Si vous ne trouvez pas votre amour sur le rivage, il vous suffira d'aller au delà des mers."

"Se você não encontrar seu amor na praia, você só tem que ir além do mar."

"If you can't find your love on the shore, you will just have to go out beyond the sea."

{Thanks to Gislaadt Art and flores do meu jardim for their kind help with the translations. }

la mer.. ~Charles Trenet~

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Engine braking II {B/W version}

Engine braking II {B/W version}

View from the passenger seat on a trip from Keningau town in the interior of Sabah. The route descends the slopes of the Crocker Range, parts of which are rather steep. It is foggy and misty in the late afternoon.

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