Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flora and bugs of Cameron Highlands

Almost exactly a month ago I went up the mountains with a couple of academicians from the National University of Malaysia for a Seminar on Engineering Mathematics. Naturally they spend most of the time either working on their papers or sleeping, and since I am not geek-blooded (at least not entirely) I decided to take some break from my working on a time series segmentation algorithms Powerpoint slide presentation and walked around Strawberry Park Resort for some nature-y (diction by Tryna) photosnaps... this time, more flowers than bugs, but there are bugs nonetheless.

I might be a nature-y kind of guy, but I confess: I know almost zilch of the names of flowers and bugs, so much help is needed on the identification of these wonderful flora and arthropods.

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A yellow orchid-type flower with some highland dew on the petals. I like this one especially because of the dewdrops.

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A blue moth-type insect on a tea leaf. This was taken at a tea plantation. Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea and tea plantations.

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A bug on a sunflower.

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An ant on a sunflower next to the sunflower in the above photo.

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I chased this ant around with my camera before I get a good shot of it. There are a couple more shots of this ant but they're not in focus of the ant because of the lack of manual focus in a point-and-shoot.

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Some kind of purple flower thingy.

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Reminded me of dandelions in the U.S.

Spider on web

I was taking the photo above this one when I saw something floating in the air. It was a spider on its web, very small and almost invisible. Taking this shot was almost impossible because the camera kept focusing on the background. But at last it managed to focus on the spider so I'm happy.

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The spider then noticed me I guess so it ran away, but not before I managed to get one more shot. Notice the fine spider silk attached to the tip of the grass seed.

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Some fern leaves. I love the pattern I see in this photo, reminded me of Maths and Geometry.

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Some kind of flower in a pot. I'd say it's a relative of the bougainvillea, but I might be totally wrong.

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The same flower viewed from the top. I love the symmetry that I saw when I looked at the flower from above.

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Purple flower buds. I got some shots of fully-bloomed ones but they aren't good... I did not key in the proper settings on the camera.

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Some yellow flower thingie (I sound like a bimbo now. darn.)

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Reminded me of a durian. These are really small, I found them around a small man-made pond.

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A gigantic pink hibiscus. Almost the size of my face.

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A... pink chrysanthemum-type flower thingie? I need lessons.

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No idea what this is but I thought it looked cool so I snapped a photo of it.


Ok so I've been doing a lot of photo posts. Hope you aren't sick of them yet 'coz there might be more coming.

I'll do some writing next, for a break. Maybe for one or two posts at least.


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