Colourful flowers in our garden, November 2009

How timely that our tropical garden in November 2009 was in top form to present me with enough photography opportunities to try out my relatively new point and shoot camera, Canon PowerShot SX200 IS! My dearly beloved, John, presented me an early Christmas-cum-40th wedding anniversary-cum-birthday gift during the last week of October. Hehe…too bad that all these special days will fall so closely one after another that one expensive gift costing RM1,630 fits all 3 occasions! ;)

What an enjoyable time I had trying out the new camera, mostly using the auto mode as it determines the scene and chooses optimum settings automatically for me. I prefer this easier and simpler way, fuss-free and no need to crack my head over its manual and learn all the nitty-gritty operation details. So far, about 1200 pictures were captured, 90% were mostly macro shots of the colourful blossoms in our garden. Though very common plants blooming year round in our garden, they’re most welcome, bringing much sunshine and cheer into our daily lives.

Here’s sharing some of our fascinating flowers plus a few butterflies that were shot throughout last month. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy shooting and sharing! :D

Collage of colourful flowers and butterflies captured in our tropical garden, November 2009

The central flower above is the striking Dwarf Euphorbia milii ‘Red’ (Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant, Christ Thorn/Crown) and the other flowering plants, clockwise from top-left are :

Collage of colourful flowers and butterfly captured in our tropical garden, November 2009

That’s the beautiful butterfly, Hypolimnas bolina jacintha (Jacintha Eggfly) visiting ever so frequently and resting on the pink Gomphrena globosa (Bachelor’s Buttons, Globe Amaranth), and the rest of the flowering plants, clockwise from top-left are :

Collage of colourful flowers and butterfly captured in our tropical garden, November 2009

A buff-brown skipper butterfly, Suastus gremius (Palm Bob) feeding on the pink Bachelor’s Buttons, whose globose flowerheads are such a butterfly attractant to many species of butterflies.
Flowers included in the collage above, clockwise from top-right are :

Photos appended below give an overview of our front yard garden. Last month’s flower queen was the stunning Mussaenda philippica ‘Aurorae’ (White Mussaenda), that grew into a lovely small tree and flowering profusely for the first time after being given a hard prune about 4-4.5 months before. A vigorous grower but we’re hoping to keep it tamed and of reasonable height to suit our small-sized garden, and sufficiently spread to provide some shade for the Blue Hydrangea beneath.

Our tropical frontyard garden in November 2009 with flowering annuals and perennials Our tropical frontyard garden in November 2009 with flowering annuals and perennials

Our tropical frontyard garden in November 2009 with flowering annuals and perennials Our tropical frontyard garden in November 2009 with flowering annuals and perennials

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5 Responses to “Colourful flowers in our garden, November 2009”

  1. Jean Says:

    Jacq, These photo collages are fabulous! I could just sit and look at them for hours. Thanks for sharing. -Jean

  2. Autumn Belle Says:

    The flowers pictures are lovely. They are so clear and colours bright. Just look at the bachelor’s button. I can even see the tiny yellow flowers. How I envy you. If I have such a camera, I will eat and sleep with it too.

  3. Jacqueline Says:

    Jean, thank you so much for visiting and kind comments. Glad you enjoyed them, I just love spending my time in photoshop, creating collages. :-D

    Autumn Belle, thanks for your lovely words and the broad grin you’ve put on my face, which my beloved noticed and teased me as I was typing this response. If only it was cuddly….
    Cheers!

  4. Andrea Says:

    I’ve placed my comments earlier on flickr but i love it better here because they are properly introduced and the emotions are here too. Now i realized you are doing the collages in photoshop, which i really don’t know how to follow. Patience is not one of my more favored characteristics, so if i dont get it a few times, i just cannot continue. That left me always disappointed, but i hope there will come a time i will be able to learn it too.

    Just like putting links in the posts, i only learned it lately in reading yours and Autumn Belle’s blogs. I spent some time looking for it in the instruction guides. I confess you and AB keep me inspired and think of the materials i already have. Thanks and more power.

  5. Jacqueline Says:

    Thanks for dropping by and adding your kind thoughts and affirmation, Andrea! Really appreciate them.
    An easy alternative to Photoshop is the Mosaic Maker by Big Huge Labs which is used by many Flickrites for creating wonderful collages and the best thing is it’s free, easy and needing no skills at all. You may want to have a look here: Mosaic Maker

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