Saturday, August 31, 2013

A lovely Rose always pleases women!

Photograph taken at QC Memorial Circle with a Fujifilm HS25EXR camera by Dr Ernesto P. Adorio.

Brown shrike, lanius cristatus.

I am splitting this b5rd to its own post. This is NOT a Eurasian sparrow but a brown shrike, Lanius Cristatus. Thanks to our reader b, we appreciate the correct identification of this bird.

This is a common migratory bird from Japan or Korea which migrate to the Philippines during the winter season. These birds are preadators of smaller birds, insects like butterflies. They are speedy flyers and impale their victims in thorns or tree limbs erning them an epithet as "butcher birds".

More info:Wikipedia article

Acknowledgement:Reader b, f6r the correct identification.

A taller Philcoa pedestrian bridge is ready and waiting for its inauguration.

The HS25EXR has this panoramic shooting mode where the images are automatically stiched freeing the photographer from further post processing work! Here is a photo of the taller replacement bridge of the wide concrete pedestrian bridge which has suffered damage from tall vehicles over the height limit. One advantage is that the street sellers will have a hard time selling wares on the bridge as the width has been lessened.

Image taken by Dr. Ernesto P. Adorio using a Fujifilm HS25EXR camera. The settings:
Original image size: 5760 × 1080, 1/105 s, f/3.2, ISO 3200, focal length: 7.1mm.

Santans (Ixoras) at an orchid show.

I saw a variety of colorful santans offered for sale in QCMC orchid show today, August 3330,20144.

Nephentes plants or pitcher plants.

These are carnivorous pitcher plants. They do not actively catch insects of course, but trap them. Their juices inside the pouch will dissolve their prey, probably dead from exhaustion to get out, in order to nourish the plants.

For more information:Wikipedia

Sunrise sky August 30, 2013

The security walls and surrounding buildings of U.P. BLISS block the horizon, still I cannot resist getting a photo of the orange sunrise.

Image details: ISO 400, 1/26s, f/3.2, size:4608 × 3456, focal length: 7.1mm, Camera:Fujifilm HS25EXR digital camera.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pinwheel flower,Milky flower

I find this cultivar plant popularly grown besides sidewalks. Some may confuse it with sampaguita if viewed from a distance. It also smells nice but the aroma is not too strong compared with the sampaguita (jasmimium sambac).

I am trying to wean myself from hosting my photos in Facebook. You lose the information embedded in the photograph and at the same time, you will lose the original link to the copy of Facebook photo! Perhaps, Facebook does not want you to host your photos if you access them from other sites.

Plantkingdom(Plantae), unranked(Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids), order(Gentianales), family(Bignoniaceae), genus-species(Tabernaemontanna divaricata,
Ervatamia divaricata|Tabernaemontana orientalis)
Common NamePinwheel flower,Milky Flower, crape jasmine
LocationQuezon City
PhotographerDr. Ernesto P. Adorio
ReferenceWikipedia article on tabernaemontana, article on T. divaricata

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A long unidentified vine flower: New Guinea trumpet vine.

Here is a photo from one of our prolific photographers, Susan E. Dicker, based in Australia. The vine was not unidentified for a long time and we are happy someone finally ID'ed it!

This vine was identified by Dinah Canada as New Guinea trumpet vine, "Tecomanthe Dendrophila" Vine.

PlantTecomanthe Dendrophila
Common NameNew Guinea trumpet vine
CameraPanasonic S3
PhotographerSusan E. Dicker
AcknowledgmentSusan E. Dicker(specimen, photo); Dinah Canada (identification)

Photo owned and copyright by Susan Estrope Dicker. Linked with permission in this blog.

We should take more photos at night.

The night should not put a damper on our photograpy. Modern digital cameras are getting more light sensitive enabling more usable (even if not very sharp) photos. Here are three samples I took yesterday at Quezon city.

The first one is of Trinoma building, taken along EDSA. Unfortunate the window has a dark antiglare top.

ISO 1600, 1/30s, f3.2, focal length-6.3mm.

The second one is a night scene along Matalino Street, beside the Philippine Heart Center.

ISO 3,200 1/14s, f3.2, focal length-6.3mm

And our last photo is another scene highlighting the dynamic range of digital sensors/software.

ISO 3,200 1/8s, f3.2, focal-length-5.4mm.

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm HS25EXR , under EXR Auto Setting by the blog author, Dr. Ernesto Adorio

Dark brown butterfly with spots

I thought it will turn out to be just all brown.But upon closer inspection, it was easy to find that it has spots.

Insect on an aratiles tree

I am lucky to find another waspish looking insect with iridescent blue wings. They look harmless and they were content in fertilizing an aratiles tree. Someday I will know the name of this insect.

(c) 2013, All photographs taken with an HS25EXR digital bridge camera by Dr. Ernesto P. Adorio

Monday, August 26, 2013

A palm tree with anahaw looking leaves, bismarckia nobilis

I saw the strange looking palm trees with fan leaves similar to an anahaw but these are have very smooth trunks. According to a building watchman, the trees came from Saudi Arabia. Someone opined it is a date palm, but I dont believe it. Gentle reader , if you recognize these palm trees please submit your comments at the end of this post.

These palm trees with large fan leaves are identified as Bismarckia Nobilis by Prof. George C. Yao. Here is a wikipedia link.

The palm trees can be found at the front of the multipurpose U.P. Open University along C.P. Garcia Avenue

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Flowers for August 25, 2013

I just posted the same photos to Facebook, since they are stored in high resolution. I am repostin them here too for our readers to have a quick view.

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