Orthetrum sabina, a slender-bodied chartreuse dragonfly

Orthetrum sabina sabina (Slender/Green Skimmer, Green Marsh Hawk)

Orthetrum sabina sabina (Drury, 1770) camouflaging on a Croton leaf. Shot in April 11, 2007 What a wonderful coincidence! While googling for the identity of my red dragonfly, I came across the ID for this beautiful chartreuse one that I captured in April this year! My very first capture of a dragonfly in our frontyard garden.

I can clearly recall its apparent collaboration during my photo session where it just stayed still for some moments wherever it perched, long enough for me to focus and shoot! It first settled on the leaf of Strelitzia reginae (Crane Flower) and then brilliantly move on to rest on the variegated leaf of Arrowhead Croton, the perfect camouflage! Amazing…I managed to get 7 lovely shots altogether! :D

Orthetrum testaceum, a broad-bodied red dragonfly

Orthetrum testaceum testaceum

A male Orthetrum testaceum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839) resting on the Boston Fern. Shot in August 13, 2007 What a stunning red beauty, this dragonfly of the Orthetrum species is!

I’ve frequently seen it flying by our garden though more concentrated along the monsoon drain outside our backyard. It flies swiftly to and fro as if staking its claim over the route it plies! How blessed I was to be able to capture a couple of its image recently! :D

Ornamental foliage of Caladium lindenii ‘Magnificum’ (Angel’s Wing)

Caladium lindenii ‘Magnificum’ (Angel’s Wing, Indian Kale)

Beautiful foliage of Caladium lindeniiA highly recommended foliage plant if you love variegated leaves! We do! :)

Caladium lindenii ‘Magnificum’ with its striking feature of almost deep bluish green against its silvery white venation is definitely a wonderful addition to our garden! Besides, it is quite hardy and so easy to grow and propagate, needing very little attention!

Beautiful variegated foliage of Pteris ensiformis cv. Evergemiensis (Silver Lace Fern)

Pteris ensiformis cv. Evergemiensis (Silver Lace Fern, Slender Brake Fern)

Pteris Ensiformis 'Evergemiensis'This remarkable fern with its beautiful variegated splendour is another of our highly admired beauty among the foliage plants that thrive in our garden.

How blessed we are to have a tropical climate of hot and sunny, humid and wet weather throughout the year! Just perfect for luxuriant growth of a wide variety of plants, flowering as well as non-flowering such as the ferns! And ferns are amongst the most rewarding, useful and delightful plants that we can’t do without! :)

Photoshop tutorial – Extracting objects to create a fun photo collage

Such fun creating collages! A simple art form in which multiple photos are combined into a piece of art. It is now my latest passion as I aspire to experiment and learn more tricks and techniques from Photoshop CS2 and the internet. Having recently experimented how to extract objects, resize, reposition and rotate images, I’d like to share an article on it, especially for beginners including me who may need assistance. Of course, these are so basic, yet if you don’t know them, you’ll be stunted! I know I was earlier but definitely am inching upwards! :)