Autumn Diamonds

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No-Name (due to my lack of knowledge)

This is one of  the many beautiful pictures which I captured on my 18th Sept. 2013, trip to Murree. This is also one of the beautiful pictures which I captured through the use of camera tripod.  During this trip I utilized tripod for the first time in my life and I really enjoyed its use.  Things become very easy through tripod. But one must also learn to capture photographs without camera tripod as it is not always possible to carry camera tripod and also some situations don’t allow its use. Camera tripod eliminates camera shakes during long exposure times as in low light situations.  So saves camera battery by eliminating  wasteful shaky camera shots.

White flowers are like gems and as they are blossoming at the onset of autumn so I am not wrong if I call them ‘Autumn Diamonds’.

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…Saves 9

There is a proverb ” A stitch in time saves nine.”  Now a days I am struggling to save nine as I am learning to sew bags. This may be a ridiculous piece of news as I have been a master  by profession. A school teacher can’t be a tailor master. Thus, a school teacher can’t save 9.

Whether you understand something or not, the fact is that I have finished sewing my first practical bag for my gas stove. I have to carry a picnic stove for hot food and one or two cups of coffee. During my last visit to ‘Naran’, I carried  a gas stove throughout my journey in shopper bags. So my hands were engaged and I was also imbalance all the time even on steep ascents.  On returning home I discarded shopper bags which I threw into dustbin and thus created environment pollution. Even if I put it inside my day backpack, stove will not damage my backpack.

Necessity is the mother of invention. I was searching some solution of it when I found a video tutorial about a ‘Tote Bag’ on ‘Sailright.com”. I saw the tutorial, and dared to waste a piece of cloth as I had no experience of sewing fabrics. Fortunately, all efforts were successful.

Question is why am  I posting a ‘bag narrative’ on this blog. As this will be a part and parcel of my future plant photos hunt, so I think this blog a relevant place to announce my success and achievement here.

Stove Outside Bag

Stove Outside Bag

Bag weighs only 60 g and is of drawstring type with round bottom.  Tare weight of gas stove is 1kg.  I get it filled partially. So it is not heavy.

Stove Inside Bag

Stove Inside Bag

I have removed the  ‘Gas Burner’ which is used for burning its LPG  (Butane & Propane mixture) and resting  pots. So stove gets completely inside the bag.

Glimpse of Stove Inside Bag

Glimpse of Stove Inside Bag

It has got two handles by which we can carry the stove. Moreover, I have also tried to be creative while sewing this bag. I  have sewed some ‘Polypropylene’ strips at its bottom and near its string.  Cord can be passed through them and it can be carried vertically.

Isn’t ‘Bag’  Lovely, on this ‘Lovely Plant Planet”?

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10 Months Evolution!

Last time I visited Jhikagali in June 2012 and I was impressed with a few species of plants on the wayside and on Jhikagali track. But this year tracking the same route exposed all the species of tress found on this track. Isn’t it revolution? Last year I missed the following tree species on the route:

  1. Cedrus deodara
  2. Taxus baccata

 

I confused Taxus baccata with Abies pindrow species. Both species have almost idenitical leaves to some extent. These trees are found in large number on this tract along with Horse chest nut.

Signpost for Track

Signpost for Track

This time my approach to this study trip was radical. I entered the track  from the point from which I made exit last year.  So I got plenty of sunlight and energy to look into the trees. Moreover, my new learning from Nathiagali trip about Taxus baccata made many things clear. Moreover from Nathiagali I learnt about Cedrus deodara. Mind it that I made this trip 9 days ago on 14th May, 2013.  So it was just to clear the last year mess of ignorance.

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Trekking Poles/Staff/Sticks

One can find a lot of information about trekking poles/staff/sticks on the web. I read its use and importance from different websites. This May I tried this idea of using a walking stick and found everything true about its importance.

It gives aids in ascending and  descending. But one thing which I discovered about its use is shown in the photo.

Walking Stick supporting Camera Case

Walking Stick supporting Camera Case

I tried an ordinary bamboo stick. I stabbed it on the muddy waysides and got it fixed upright. Then I hung my camera case over it. This reduced one bag from my shoulder and enabled me to use my hands freely for taking photographs.

Due to this technique I kept my camera case dirt free which would have become dirty if I had put it down every now and then.

 

A new era of photography…

On 29th April, 2013 I bought a new Olympus digital camera ‘SZ-14’. From now on photographs on this blog will be more beautiful due to better resolution and zooming ability.

I read somewhere , “Life is too short for long names.” This may be true regarding the names of flowers but definitely ‘Life is too short to see the leaps and bounds of image capturing technology.’

I have already mentioned that ‘face recognition’ technology may be used for plant identification. But, now, I see this reality in my own hands to some extent. Because my new camera ‘SZ-14’ can recognize the faces of my pets i.e., cat  and dog. Not only this, but also camera has the ability to wait until the pet turns its face towards the camera for capturing image.

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Blood Diamond

It was Quercus glauca or simply Quercus plant that made me realize that ‘it is never too late to mend.’ I walked on the road to Jhika gully several times but I didn’t know that it was there. I thank heaven for this piece of knowledge.  When I saw the nuts of this tree,  ‘Scrat’ with the same type of  ‘nut’  in Ice Age, came into my mind. Before leaving Rawalpindi for Murree I had never hoped that one day I would be able to see it in reality in Murree.

Fruit crushed with heel.

Podophyllum emodi Fruit (Berry)

But no body knows how to make this stomach-like flower.

Gasteria bicolor flowers are like stomach of human beings.

Gasteria bicolor flowers are like human stomach.

Flowers & Faces

‘Face Recognition’ function is a common feature of modern digital cameras. This concept is now being employed for the identification of flowers. I came across one such android project on the web wherein a person has only to position the ‘Flower Face’ on the mobile and the rest of the identification is done by the application. My feelings are so:-

دوڑو زمانہ چال قیامت کی چل گیا

Web Address: code.google.com/p/flowerfinder/

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A flower cannot blossom without sunshine…

It is believed that Dinosaurs became extinct because plants of their age died out due to the non-availability of enough sunlight for sometime. Food chain of the earth starts due to the energy of the sun. Sunlight drives the photosynthesis and all forms of life on this planet.

On March 10, 2009, while enjoying the sunlight, I captured this photograph. The clouds had encircled the sun in such  a manner to give the illusion of heart. I think this photograph best illustrates the importance of the sun in our lives.

Heart of Photosynthesis

‘Hologram’ of Heart

Abhor Botany!

Why is the botany science  of insulting flowers in greek and latin names? Not only names are difficult but also the inflorescence or flower cluster description is out of comprehension for a layman. It is just like  ‘a pimple grown on an ulcer’ situation. ایک تو کریلا دوسرا نیم چڑھا۔

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On the other hand, botany is ‘beautanic’ i.e., it has made plant world well  known. It has preserved and diversified the beautiful flowers. I have only to say, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Syn. Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Syn. Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi