Thursday, December 23, 2010

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Photo of a tropical monitor lizard. The specimen below is likely an Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator salvator).

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Monitor lizards, also known as biawak or goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae.

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Photo taken at Kem Permai, Kuching.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tropical Dove

Photo of a tropical dove relaxing during her morning sun-bath. The bird in the photo look like a Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopilia humeralis) or a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata).

tropical dove

The photo is shot with 24x digital zoom, so the photo quality is not pleasing.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Red Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Close up photo of tropical red Powder Puff Flower or Sensitive Briar. On a closer look, Powder Puff flower look like a Mimosa Pudica flower.

Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Calliandra haematocephala is a fast growing shrub that can grow tall but also spreads wide. If desired it can be kept smaller by trimming. Interesting enough the leaves close at night.

The buds before the flowers open look like raspberries. This large shrub can
be grown indoor if trimmed and grown in a pot but it will be best if you can grow it outside in a warm climate.

Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Powder Puffs come in white as well. Power Puff originated from Bolivia.

Recommended reading:
* Photo of Dillenia Suffroticosa - Simpoh Air
* Ixora Petal And Water Droplets
* Pitcher Plants, Nepenthes, Monkey Cup

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chilasa clytia butterfly

Chilasa clytia, a common tropical butterfly found in Borneo. If not for the gloomy weather, the photo shoot would be perfect. The Chilasa clytia was just perching still on a flower and the air was still. A steady shot but lighting was a let down.

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
About a foot away in normal macro mode (not zero macro).

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
I think the photo above is about 5x lens zoom.

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
A normal shot.

See my Flickr gallery as well for more tropical butterflies.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Borneo Red Ants

Red ants or fire ants from Borneo.

Borneo Red Ants

Borneo Red Ants

The bodies of fire ants, like all insects' bodies, are broken up into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen, with three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae. Fire ants can be distinguished from other ants by their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. The worker ants are blackish to reddish, and their size varies from 2mm to 6 mm (0.12 in to 0.24 in). These different sizes of the ants can all exist in the same nest.

Recommended photos:
* Macro photos of red fire ants

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar

Photo of a maroon spiky Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar. The slug caterpillar's decoration is not just for show. At any sign of danger, each cluster of spines blooms into a bristly sphere. Glands at the base of the spines produce venom rich in histamines--liquid peril for any would-be attacker.

Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar

Setora fletcheri showing warning coloration and spines loaded with toxins that erect when the slug is disturbed.

Photo shot at JP Jaban farm, 14th Mile Kuching Serian Road.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

Baccaurea angulata is a tropical wild fruit indigenous to Borneo. Baccaurea angulata is also known locally as Belimbing Merah, Belimbing Bukit, Gerumin Bereh (Bidayuh), Tampoi Merah, Uchong (Iban) or Belimbing hutan.

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

Elsewhere, this fruit is also called as Embaling (Sabah), Embaling bobou (Brunei) and Asem ketiak, pidau (Kalimantan).

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

Baccaurea angulata is also close relative of the Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola). Some may called it Red Angle Starfruit.

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

The Baccaurea angulata fruits have a tangy taste, both the aril and the skin. A seasonal fruit which is often seen from November to January, sold by roadside sellers and in native fruit and vege markets.

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

Ripen Baccaurea angulata are either in red or pinkish.

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

And when the season come, Baccaurea angulata is very generous with its fruits. The fruits are borne from the trunk and branches. Plentiful of them.

Baccaurea angulata - Belimbing Merah

Baccaurea angulata may reach 8 m tall, profusely branched. Flowers (yellow) and fruits (red) colourful so may be planted as an ornamental. Fruits are angular and inside is white, juicy, sourish-sweet edible pulp.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts

I get to hold a box of Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts, freshly flown from Hawaii. Would you believe it? Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts in Malaysia. And no, the nuts will not be roasted but destined to a nursery. Hawaii is the largest producer of Macadamia nuts.

Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts Malaysia

Macadamia nuts (Macadamia integrifolia) are dry drupes containing a very hard seed-bearing endocarp. According to most botanical references, the outer husk represents part of the ovary wall or pericarp.

Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts Malaysia

They are small to large evergreen trees growing to 2–12 m tall. The leaves are arranged in whorls of three to six, lanceolate to obovate or elliptical in shape, 6–30 cm long and 2–13 cm broad, with an entire or spiny-serrated margin. The flowers are produced in a long slender simple raceme 5–30 cm long, the individual flowers 10–15 mm long, white to pink or purple, with four tepals. The fruit is a very hard woody globose follicle with a pointed apex, containing one or two seeds.

Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts Malaysia

The nuts are a valuable food crop. Only two of the species, Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia tetraphylla, are of commercial importance. The remainder of the genus possess poisonous and/or inedible nuts, such as M. whelanii and M. ternifolia; the toxicity is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides.

Macadamia Integrifolia Nuts Malaysia

Macadamia tree cultivation and processing

The macadamia tree is usually propagated by grafting, and does not begin to produce commercial quantities of nuts until it is 7–10 years old, but once established, may continue bearing for over 100 years. The macadamia nut has an extremely hard shell, but can be cracked using a blunt instrument, such as a hammer or rock applied with some force to the nut sitting in a concave surface, or a custom made macadamia nutcracker can be used.

Macadamia Nuts in the Diet Lower Cholesterol

How many times have you said, "nuts to the diet." Well now perhaps it should be "nuts in the diet." It seems that macadamia nuts may be a good addition to the daily diet, particularly if you want to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Macadamia nuts like all non-animal foods contain no cholesterol. But they are remarkable in the fact that their fat contains over 86% monounsaturated fatty acids. The average macadamia nut will also add about 18 calories to your diet. Oil from the macadamia nut is used in the cosmetic industry because of similarities between the nut oil and human skin.

Recommended link:
* Fruits Called Nuts
* HAWAII MACADAMIA NUT ASSOCIATION

Friday, October 1, 2010

Agarwood Aquilaria Crassna Saplings

Young Agarwood saplings between 3 to 4 inches in height and about one month old. The Agarwood species is of Aquilaria crassna, a resinous heartwood, used for perfume and incense. The resin is produced by the tree in response to infection by a parasitic ascomycetous mould, Phaeoacremonium parasitica, a dematiaceous (dark-walled) fungus.



When the Agarwood saplings reach the height of 3 to 4 inches, it can be transplanted into bags.



Photo taken at a nursery at 13th Mile Kuching-Serian road, just after the rain.

Agarwood is also locally known as Gaharu.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kelpie and German Shepperd Puppy Faceoff

A local Kelpie faceoff with a German Shepperd puppy. Neither want to lose.

Kelpie and German Shepperd Puppy Faceoff

The ancestors of the Kelpie were simply (black) dogs, called Colleys or Collies. The word "collie" has the same root as "coal" and "collier (ship)". Some of these collies were imported to Australia for stock work in the early 1800s, and were bred to other types of dogs (possibly including the occasional Dingo), but always with an eye to working sheep without direct supervision.

So I have no idea how a look alike Kelpie can found its way here, at Borneo.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Blind Cat

Photo of a white blind cat. The blind cat belongs to my neighbor and they called the cat, Snowy.

Blind Cat
A blank stare.

Blind Cat
The cat use hearing to locate noises.

Recommended viewing:
* Orange Kitten
* Two cats and a string
* Newborn Kittens


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Yellow Spiky Caterpillar - Series #20

A close up photo of a small pale yellow spiky caterpillar with an alien face (or is it Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle face), perched on a mango leave. This specimen look like my previous luminous green Euclea delphinii catepillar.

Yellow Spiky Caterpillar

Here's the YouTube video clip of the above caterpillar:



Recommended reading:
* Giant Caterpillar - Series #19
* Furry caterpillar - Series #18
* Two caterpillars - Series #17

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Picasa Europe Photo Challenge Winners

Google has announced the winners of Picasa Europe Photo Challenge. The task for the Picasa Europe users is to show off their best photo of architecture.

Below is the list of winners who showcase their architectural variety of the historical and contemporary buildings.
1. raphael.melloul representing French Picasa
2. ejwiersema representing Dutch Picasa
3. J├╝rgen Keil representing Germany Picasa
4. robert.mlynarczyk representing Polish Picasa community
5. josemariaguerrerovidal representing Spanish Picasa community.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Orange Kitten

Local orange kitten spotted escaping from her cage to take a sun bath. The orange kitten looks scruffy and she should be given a water bath instead.

Orange Kitten

Orange Kitten

Orange Kitten

Orange Kitten

By the way, the kitten belongs to my neighbor.

Recommended reading:
* Newborn Kittens
* Two cats and a string
* Mix Breed Siamese Cats Napping




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Monday, August 2, 2010

Four-angled Bean Flower

Photos of four-angled bean (or a winged bean) flower.

Four-angled Bean Flower

Four-angled Bean Flower

The Winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean (kacang botol in Malaysia) and Asparagus Pea and Winged Pea (Lotus tetragonolobus), is a tropical legume plant native to Papua New Guinea. It grows abundantly in hot, humid equatorial countries, from the Philippines and Indonesia to India, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. It does well in humid tropics with high rainfall. There are also varieties that can be grown in most areas of the U.S..

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The cheapest BackBerry in town

Yellow BackBerry. Yes, it's another toy from China.

The cheapest BackBerry in town

Recommended reading:
* The cheapest Black Berry in town

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